Silicon Valley Experience

Gain connections to some of Silicon Valley’s leading founders, CEOs, executives, and investors, all of whom hail from the University of Michigan. The Silicon Valley Experience through the Zell Lurie Institute connects rising U-M juniors and seniors and returning grad students with innovative entrepreneurial and venture capital companies for a week-long immersive experience.

West Coast Wolverines

Students selected for the program will attend sessions and events hosted by U-M alumni who are eager to meet the next generation of Michigan talent. See what it’s like behind-the-scenes at some of the most innovative companies and venture capital firms on the West Coast.

Travel & Expenses

All travel expenses are covered by the Zell Lurie Institute at the University of Michigan and our partners.

The 2024 Silicon Valley Experience will take place May 6 – 10 in the San Francisco Bay Area of California.

You hear all of these alumni founder stories and companies that have gone on to change the world, this trip was an amazing opportunity to connect and be a part of that.

Austin Sivik

MBA ‘23

Previous Company Visits











Venture Capital Highlights

Founders Circle Capital


Macondray Capital

Scale Ventures

Partners for Growth


Crosslink Capital


The Silicon Valley Experience is open to rising U-M juniors and seniors and returning grad students. Students from all U-M Ann Arbor colleges and schools are welcome to apply.


Applications for the Silicon Valley Experience Summer 2024 cohort are now closed. Applications for the Summer 2025 cohort will go live in Fall 2024. Please check back for more details then.

Contact Information

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