Startup Dream Team in Search of 45 Students to Take to Silicon Valley

Startup Dream Team is a nine-week summer program in Silicon Valley for students from around the globe interested in taking the entrepreneurial path. Created by the French organization Silicon Students, Startup Dream Team will select 45 students to participate.

This year’s edition of the program will take place from June 14th to August 18th. It will provide participants with a prime opportunity to get a feel for what it’s like to work in a startup. Twenty students participated in last year’s inaugural edition.

Students taking part in Startup Dream Team will live together in a house in Silicon Valley while working full-time internships in the area. Moreover, they will have training sessions on pitching from distinct mentors and also be given the opportunity to visit different Silicon Valley startups and sit in on chats from stand-out entrepreneurs and investors.

Drew Houston of Dropbox, Will Young of Zappos and Robert Scoble of Rackspace were among the speakers brought in for last year’s Startup Dream Team. This year,’s Tony Conrad has confirmed his participation.

Participants of Startup Dream Team 2012 with Rackspace’s Robert Scoble.

To ensure that the program is truly international in nature, a maximum of 15 students from the United States will be selected – meaning 30 spaces for students from abroad. Applicants must be current students or have graduated less than two years ago and be age 25 or under.

Pierre-Simon Ntiruhungwa, one of the co-founders of Silicon Students, came up with the concept for Startup Dream Team when he was participating in an internship program in Silicon Valley. He revealed his hopes for this second edition of the program to TNW:

This year we will really focus on having them build solid startup projects. And most importantly, every single fellow should be able to come out of the program with the ability to identify how they fit into a startup team and what type of people they like to work with.

Startup Dream Team is financed through a collective fund. In fact, you can support them through their Indiegogo campaign through Friday, May 31st. Students do not pay for their participation in the program, though they do have to help to pay rent for their housing and take care of their own expenses.

The deadline for applications for the 2013 edition of Startup Dream Team is this Thursday, May 16th. Sign up here.

Pre-selected candidates will be interviewed via Skype from May 17th through the 21st, and the final results will be announced on May 22nd.

Learn more about the program in the video below:


Original source, featured image.

This text has been adapted and translated into English by Emily Stewart from its original Spanish publication.