Who We Are
OPEN Silicon Valley was founded in 2001 by Entrepreneurs and Corporate Executives to foster entrepreneurship and professional excellence. Today it serves the bay area and CA community with over 4000 entrepreneurs. OPEN SV was formed as a non-profit business association dedicated to providing educational programs, career coaching, business mentoring and network opportunities for the entrepreneural and professional community. It has programs for women and students to promote entrepreneurship and career growth. OPEN provides a gateway to rewarding connections and accessibility to influential members in the community.
Our mission is to educate and connect the professional community in Silicon Valley through workshops, events and mentoring opportunities. Our key goals for our members are:
Enabling meaningful connections in the community. Events are held nearly every month. Our goal is to bring everyone together so they can establish relationships, expand their professional network, and uncover professional opportunities in the Silicon Valley and beyond.
Great opportunity for our members to connect with other successful members of our community with a proven track record and get specific advice on business issues or career development. Please contact us and let us know what your particular needs are so we can connect with you the right people.
Our key, flagship event that happens once a year. This bustling event has everything from special keynotes, panels, interviews, workshops, networking opportunities and exhibitions. We encourage everyone to partake in making this event as successful as it can be.
Putting the youth of our community (high school and above) in the driver's seat as they set up and host their own events while operating their own Board. They also host an annual Youth Forum which has plenty of fun panels and provides opportunities for the youth looking to take their lives to the next level.
Attend events and forum designed for women ranging from finance, entrepreneurship, worklife balance to succeeding professionally and obtaining leadership positions in organizations.
Get answers to questions like. How to select and pitch to a venture capitalist, What a Term Sheet is, its clauses, and possible pitfalls, valuation and negotiation techniques and much, much more
Connect with mentors to get support for your ideas. Learn how to succeed from the pros. We hold mentorship breakfasts where company leaders provide feedback to prospective entrepreneurs.
Events allowing entrepreneurs to submit pitches to and and get an opportunity to present their business ideas to VCs and Experienced Entrepreneurs. Expect candid feedback from experts.
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Find out about our organization, mission, our methods, and the results of our decades of advocacy.
Plan world-class Entrepreneurship, Business Leadership and Mentorship events, workshops, and our Flagship OPEN Forum conference