De Anza Innovation Center

Fostering Creativity to Develop Social and Environmental Solutions

For questions, please contact Emily Garbe, Business faculty member, at garbeemily@deanza.edu 

Unless otherwise noted, all events will be held in the Business and Finance Village Center (AT 202).


Fall 2024: Startup Boot Camp

Led by Rowland Chen, a De Anza Business faculty member and an industry leader in venture funding, this free four-week, 7-workshops series will cover identifying value propositions, business modeling, funding, team building, and pitching. Participation will be limited to eight teams. Students from all majors across the campus are encouraged to apply.


Business Model Canvas Competition (BMC)

This annual business model competition is open to all De Anza students. Led by Dean Manisha Karia, the competition is a team-based event where students develop a business model within a given time based on a market opportunity identified by the judge. Next BMC event Spring 2025.

BMC group 2024


Speaker Series for Academic Year 24-25 - Stay Tuned

Hear from industry experts on the latest trends in venture funding, technology innovations, and challenges and opportunities in venture development – focusing on artificial intelligence, robotics, big data, health, the environment, and social issues.


Past Events:

Catherine LinSpeaker: Catherine Lin

Catherine Lin has more than a decade of experience in advertising, specializing in online marketing of products and working with clients such as Apple and Cadillac. She is currently the associate design director at Leo Burnett, a leading global ad agency. She was formerly art director at Kettle, a premier ad agency that integrates technology and creativity.


Kevin McClellandSpeaker: Kevin McClelland

Kevin McClelland is a financial adviser with over 30 years of experience. He is on the Board of the San Jose Chamber of Commerce and chairs the Small Business Committee. He has been honored as Business Advocate of the Year by the San Jose Chamber of Commerce and received a Star Award from the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce


Artificial Intelligence: Powers and Pitfalls (Postponed Until Fall 2024)

futuristic image of bald humanoid smilingSpeaker: Rowland Chen

Rowland Chen is the CEO of the Silicon Valley Laboratory and a Business instructor at De Anza. He has more than 40 years of experience as a scientist, engineer, management consultant, and educator who has worked with some of the largest and smallest companies in the world. Formerly a visiting scientist at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science, he brings a unique perspective to the AI ecosystem.

(Image credit: prompt engineered by R. Chen, rendered by OpenAI's Dall-E)


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