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

The Real Startup Entrepreneurship Program is a Real Industry program that enables university startup teams to develop entrepreneurial skills by taking their innovations to the real world. This program is best positioned to support students interested in music, media, or entertainment technology (music, film, digital content, VR, gaming, etc.).We connect teams with Real Industry's network of over 400 industry mentors from leading tech companies. Over two 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.

In June of 2018, we welcomed 5 teams into our 2018 Cohort of student entrepreneurs from McGill University, Malmö University, University of Iceland, New York University, University of Southern California, Tufts University, and Purdue University. 

This June, we will be hosting teams into our 2019 Cohort of students from University of California, Berkeley, Berklee College of Music, University of the Arts, Berlin, Stanford University, and University of Hartford.


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 2018 is primarily funded by a generous grant from Olivann.

2018 Hosts

Eventbrite-Avid Technology-Sennheiser-Brilliant Corners-Pyramind

World Class Mentors

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

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