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Spring Break in Silicon Valley 2012 / Applications Open!

Last year, Spring Break in Silicon Valley gave a select group the chance to observe and participate in an existing, mature, entrepreneurial eco-system. 12 students visited a host of startups, incubators, universities, and venture capital firms.

The large-scale goals of the program were to expose entrepreneurially curious Syracuse students to the mecca of startup and American technology – Silicon Valley.

SBSV 2011

In its inaugural year Spring Break in Silicon Valley (SBSV 2011) left a lasting impression with an all-star line-up of tech companies.

SBSV 2012

SBSV 2012
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This year the visitation list has matured. Shay Colson (SBSV 2011 mastermind and liaison) continues to leverage his Silicon Valley network from his new home in Seattle, Washington. The 2012 trip will be led by Shay, Julie Walas, John Liddy, and me – Andrew Farah.

As of today, applications for Spring Break in Silicon Valley 2012 are officially open.

Who Can Apply

Students from all programs, schools and colleges, and degree levels are welcome to apply for this program. Space is limited, and applications are competitive. Please consult the application (below) for more details on this process.


The program cost is roughly $1,500 – $2,000 per student. This includes flight, hotel, transportation, program fee, and most meals. We are continuing to work to reduce that cost through underwriters, and are making progress towards that goal. If you are concerned about the cost, we encourage you to still apply, as we will continue to seek underwriting support until the admissions process has closed.


The application for Spring Break in Silicon Valley 2012 is available here: SBSV 2012 Application. Please return the completed application by e-mail to Andrew Farah at amfarah@syr.edu by December 2, 2011 no later than 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time.

Additional application requirements can be found within the document above.

To read about last year’s experience check out the group’s posts.