Real Startup bridges the gap between student startups and the world’s best companies.

The Real Startup program enables university startup teams to develop entrepreneurial skills by taking their innovations to the real world. We connect teams with Real Industry's network of over 200 industry mentors from leading tech companies. Over three weeks, teams are given VIP access and coaching from over 30 leading companies. Networking sessions and events connect students with the target markets and companies they aspire to become. In 2017, we hosted teams from Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Queen Mary University of London, and Berklee College of Music. We are now recruiting for our 2018 cohort


Real Startup bridges innovation, industry and education by:

  • Launching the best and brightest entrepreneurial teams from university digital media, arts, entertainment and technology programs, turning ideas into products.

  • Accelerating the careers of young entrepreneurs through supporting their companies, facilitating their integration with our industry partners, and rapidly expanding their professional networks.

  • Connecting students to the companies that may acquire, hire, and fund their innovations.

  • Empowering our corporate partners with a continuous pipeline of the latest talent, technologies, and innovative thinking.  

  • Allowing universities to provide entrepreneurship education to their students and recent graduates in a real-world setting.

Real Startup leverages the corporate and university relationships of Real Industry, a Bay Area non-profit connecting students to tech industry leaders through events, mentorship opportunities, and support programs. Real Industry is committed to educating and empowering university students to succeed in their professional careers. Real Startup is funded by a generous grant from Olivann,
Universal AudioStashimiLANDR, and iZotope. In-kind support is provided by Polsinelli LLP and MathWorks.

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World Class Mentors

Our established network of mentors come from the world's top companies. Here are a few of them.