For more than 30 years, Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) has helped innovative companies and their investors move bold ideas forward, fast. SVB provides targeted financial services and expertise through its offices in innovation centers around the world. With commercial, international and private banking services, SVB helps address the unique needs of innovators. Forbes named SVB one of America’s best banks (2015) and one of America’s best-managed companies (2014).
SparkFun is an online retail store that sells the bits and pieces to make your electronics projects possible. No matter what your vision is, our products and resources are designed to make the world of electronics more accessible to the average person. In addition to products, SparkFun, through our Department of Education, offers classes and online tutorials designed to help educate individuals in the wonderful world of embedded electronics. Our ever-growing product catalog boasts over 2,000 components and widgets designed to help you unleash your inner inventor.
As the industry leader in Connected Play, we are defining the future of fun. Founded by Ian Bernstein and Adam Wilson, passionate robotics and software engineers, we create connected toys, fusing emerging technology with the latest innovations in robotics. Unlike traditional toys, our robots and software allow us to create ever-evolving experiences – changing the way people play, learn and explore. Based in Boulder, Colorado, the Sphero team takes fun very seriously.
The Syracuse Student Sandbox is a unique business incubator that gives aspiring student entrepreneurs the resources to make their visions a reality. The objective of the Sandbox is to accelerate the process of ideation, development and deployment through mentoring and coaching. The twelve week experiential based program has an end-goal of producing revenue generating entities or investment ready firms.
TaskRabbit connects friendly, reliable people in each neighborhood who can help get items on To-Do list done. They take the task list, assign the person who bids the lowest price to each task and then pay for the service after it is finished.
Techstars provides seed funding from more than 75 top venture capital firms and angel investors who are vested in the success of startups, as well as intense mentorship from hundreds of the best entrepreneurs in the world.
Tendril is defining data-driven Energy Service Management (ESM) for the evolving energy market. Our open, cloud-based software platform provides the infrastructure, analytics, and understanding required to deliver personalized energy services. This targeted approach drives new business opportunities, delights consumers, and has led to some of the industry’s highest engagement and satisfaction rates.
Unitive is a hiring platform that helps business diversity hiring and promotion by identifying and addressing biases in job descriptions, resume review, and interview practices. Top companies are behind in one area: the ability to build the most innovative and diverse teams. At Unitive we’ve built a talent management platform that combines the latest research on unconscious bias, best practices in team building, and a thoughtful UI and solid infrastructure to yield powerful results. We’re making hiring easier and more effective for today’s best companies, and opening up great jobs to under-accessed talent pools. Our customers are thrilled, our supporters are enthusiastic, our team is happy.
Virgin Galactic is comprised of hundreds of dedicated and passionate professionals — including rocket scientists, engineers, and designers from around the world — united in creating something new and lasting: the world’s first commercial spaceline. A spaceline for Earth. Our team brings decades of experience from organizations like NASA, traditional aerospace firms, and other Virgin companies. We are here because we believe we are at the vanguard of a new space industry that is defining the future of exploration and that we will ultimately make space accessible to more people and for more purposes than ever before. It is a large and difficult undertaking; but through our efforts, we believe we can help inspire future generations and make it possible to see the beautiful planet we call home from a new perspective.