Top Startup Communities in Silicon Valley
For years now Silicon Valley has been the place where great innovations, the greatest ideas unfold into gigantic ventures. If anything, word “silicon” in the name too originally referred to a large number of silicon chip innovators and manufacturers in the region, now stands for an innovation surge. Though the nature of industries has become diverse over the years, it is the birthplace of tech giants like Apple, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Tesla, and trendsetters like Uber and Airbnb.
Silicon Valley has been the place for Startups to find their bearings, the haven that paves the way towards the future. But dreams do not turn into reality overnight, and very often good networking and industrial backup does help in launching the next big company or venture. So, where in Silicon Valley can you find the like-minded people to exchange ideas and gain assistance/guidance?
There are various startup community organizations around the Bay area that focus on just acting as the support system for torchbearers of new ideas. Here are the top startup communities in Silicon Valley.
- Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs
Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs (SVE) is the largest grassroots movement of founders and developers in the Bay Area. It was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in San Francisco. The community organization provides opportunities for startups to share knowledge and experience with other members and broaden the startup community. It conducts weekly events which include pitch events, panel discussions, social mixers, co-founder matching nights, etc. among other knowledge-sharing events.
- Cuckoo’s Nest Club
It is a Private member’s social club located in Menlo Park. The hangout place for Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, as it provides a relaxed social environment with good food, drinks, exciting events and entertainment. The primary aim of this club is to offer a comfortable place for socializing and sharing ideas, connect colleagues, potential co-founders, etc. and an create an arena for connecting with impressive investors from the valley.
- 106 Miles
106 Miles is a network of startup founders, engineers, and friends and its mission is to educate and empower entrepreneurial engineers. So, for any new technical business or developer seeking opportunities, 106 Miles is the place to network with other engineering professionals in a relaxed environment. The group meets on the first Wednesday of each month in Palo Alto, 6-9pm; second Wednesday of the month in Redwood City, 6-9pm, and the last Wednesday of each month in San Francisco, 6-9pm; and 3rd Wednesdays (or Thursdays) in Southern California.
- Startup Grind Silicon Valley
Though this is a community without a physical location, it is still a global network of startup founders, mentors, entrepreneurs and investors with a strong presence in Silicon Valley. And how do they gather or network? Look out for the Global conferences, the must be placed for startup founders, entrepreneurs and business owners with similar ideas and goals. The conference features various speakers who share their stories and offer additional opportunities to network with local entrepreneurs.
- Silicon Valley Incubation and Acceleration
Yet another community for the startup founders based in Santa Clara, SVSIAN is a non-profit organization for startup entrepreneurs. Here Entrepreneurs, innovators, developers, executives, startup founders, and business owners, are called to gain assistance in business basics. SVSIAN encourages participation in networking activities and cofounder mixers, find marketing resources and strategic partners, seek investors and venture capital, get access to advisory boards and mentors, as well as improve entrepreneurship skills in various training programs.
- Entrepreneur’s Organization
As mentioned in the website, “the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is a global business network of 13,000+ leading entrepreneurs in 188 chapters and 58 countries. Founded in 1987 by a group of young entrepreneurs, EO enables business owners to learn from each other, leading to greater business success and enriched personal life.” EO aims to educate, transform, inspire and provide resources in the form of global events, leadership-development programs. It offers an online entrepreneur forum and executive education options and many other opportunities for startups to grow.
Based in San Jose, California, H/F is a large network of entrepreneurs in the world with over 300,000 members in 50 countries. The Cooperative is an accelerator run by H/F. It is a tight-knit cooperative within which founders help each other and elect each other to the program. To support potential startups Hackers/Founders has created a publicly-traded venture fund for global technology called HACK Fund that invests in great technology companies around the world.
Established in November 1990, VLAB is a non-profit organization that creates a connecting avenue for entrepreneurs, founders, industry experts, and investors with innovative ideas and technologies and work towards assisting in the growth of startups, industries, and the economy. Over the years VLAB has had eminent panel participants from the biggest names in Silicon Valley, i.e. senior-level executives from companies such as Yahoo!, Tesla Motors, Siri, Google, Tellme, Mint, Cloudera, and LinkedIn to name a few.
- BootUp World
Rated the top accelerator and co-working space in the Silicon Valley, BootUp World, based in Menlo Park, offers this great co-working space with networking opportunities. The co-working space provides not just rented offices with amenities, but also offers complimentary access to BootUp Entrepreneurial Network (BEN) at the Cuckoo’s Nest to the CEO’s of startups at BootUp World. The regular events at BootUp World aim to expand entrepreneurial activity, which include demo and pitch nights for startups and features industry-leading keynote speakers.
- Silicon Valley American Marketing Association
The Silicon Valley chapter of the American Marketing Association (SVAMA), is the organization that connects marketing thought leaders in Silicon Valley and around the world. Located in San Jose, SVAMA holds events throughout Silicon Valley and connects individuals and organizations involved in marketing practice, and promotes teaching and study of marketing worldwide.
- Startup Embassy
“We are Entrepreneurs,” the title says it all. Located in Palo Alto, Startup Embassy has been around since 2012, helping all entrepreneurs arriving to Silicon Valley to find and connect with like-minded individuals. Startup Embassy is the brainchild of entrepreneurs and only accepts entrepreneurs working in their startups and assists them in getting acclimatized, in finding the right collaboration, workspace, and physical living space, etc.
In addition, there is Black Founders, SCORE Silicon Valley, Stanford Igniters, Tech In Motion, SV In. Fusion, Founders Den and Startup Digest that join the list of notable meetups for startups in Silicon Valley.
While the venture capital money is now moving away from Silicon Valley, the startup communities too are expanding globally to create a better arena for business discussions, idea sharing etc. The idea being to take innovation and open up the global market for disruptive technologies and product.