VISIT STARTUPS, HIGH-TECH COMPANIES, AND VC FIRMS
The Ignite Trek provides entrepreneurial students with a chance to meet some of the most successful and up-and-coming entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. Students will hear the personal stories of entrepreneurs working to build their companies and learn from the successes (and failures) of the best-and-brightest that Silicon Valley has to offer. This is an intense immersion experience with company visits and entrepreneurial speakers throughout the trek. Previous site visits include Open Table, Square, Dropbox and KPCB.
"A first-person perspective into the minds and personalities of the most successful people and companies in Silicon Valley."
"A PhD in entrepreneurship in three days flat!"
"You are not serious about entrepreneurship until you go through Ignite."
Ignite Trek Schedule
|Day 1:||Wednesday, March 1||Travel day & opening reception (6:00 pm)|
|Day 2:||Thursday, March 2||Field trips to Silicon Valley start-ups / high-tech firms / VC firms|
|Day 3:||Friday, March 3||Entrepreneurial guest speakers (UC Davis campus)|
|Day 4:||Saturday, March 4||Entrepreneurial guest speakers & closing dinner (UC Davis campus)|
Credit: Participants of the Ignite Trek are eligible for credit through Ignite Entrepreneurship I.L.E. (MGMT 765, 0.75 credit).
Cost: Meals, bus transportation to company visits, and lodging costs (4 nights, triple occupancy) will be paid for by our sponsors. Students are responsible for transportation costs to and from UC Davis (i.e., taxi, airport shuttle, and airfare).
Note: Students are expected to attend all trek sessions, events and activities, starting with the Opening Reception at UC Davis on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. Participants of the Ignite Trek are invited to apply for and attend the CMC Silicon Valley Tech Trek (Feb 27-March 1). Transportation between the end of the CDO Trek and beginning of the Ignite Trek on Wednesday, March 1, will be provided. Please see note below for more details on the CDO Silicon Valley Tech Trek.
Additional information on the CDO Silicon Valley Tech Trek:
The CDO Silicon Valley Trek includes visits to technology based companies in San Francisco and Palo Alto. Previous company visits include Google, Tesla and StartX. This year's trek dates are Monday-Wednesday, February 27-March 1, 2017. On Wednesday afternoon, transportation will be provided to the Ignite participants to UC Davis for the opening reception of the Ignite Trek that same evening.
Students are financially responsible for flights, transportation and lodging expenses for the CDO trek. The CDO provides bus transportation to and from a local hotel to the company site visits. It is advised that students should arrive on/before Sunday evening (Feb. 26). The closest airport to Palo Alto are San Francisco (SFO) or San Jose (SJC).
|Linda and Jack Gill Foundation of Texas|
|Carlyse and Arthur Ciocca Foundation|
|Holthouse Foundation for Kids|
|Eric J. Pulaski|
|GOOSE Society of Texas|
|Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship|
|Jones Graduate School of Business|
|Rice Center for Engineering Leadership|
|Institute for Biosciences and Bioengineering, Rice University|
|Brown School of Engineering, Rice University|
|Wiess School of Natural Sciences, Rice University|
|UC Davis Graduate School of Management|
|UC Davis Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship|