San Francisco Startup Trip

Saturday, March 09 - Wednesday, March 13


Applications closed Friday, February 15.

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Explore San Francisco's Hottest Companies

San Francisco has a thriving startup scene with thousands of companies in every field imaginable. Past company visits include big names such as Facebook, Google, and Airbnb and small startups like Coda and Trustwork. You’ll get to meet passionate entrepreneurs, tour hip offices, and get a feel for what it’s really like to live and work in this amazing city. Our trip will begin on Sunday with an alumni brunch and then we will visit 8 companies total on Monday and Tuesday. Company visits will begin in the morning and last through the afternoon, after which the rest of the day will be open for you to explore on your own!

Build Your Network

Throughout the trip you will get to know around 30+ talented and passionate students like yourself. At the alumni brunch on Sunday, you'll have the opportunity to meet and network with UVA alumni who already live and work at top startups and companies in the Bay Area. You'll have the rest of Sunday to explore the city as well! Throughout the company visits, you'll also get the chance to connect with the founders and employees of incredible companies and make connections which could last a lifetime.

If you have any questions about the trip, please contact Kristen at kristen@hackcville.com or Charlotte at charlotte.barkdull@hackcville.com.

Our Founding Partners

Trip Fees

Our startup trips have been proven to be transformative experiences that dramatically expand the opportunities and networks of attendees. Because of this, our goal is to make these trips as accessible as possible.

Our supportive sponsors enable us to subsidize the cost of all our trips, sometimes by as much as 50%. Partial and full scholarships are available to students with financial need. Applications are reviewed need-blind.

Trip ticket prices are not yet finalized, but will be $375 or less. Trip participants will be responsible for booking their flight tickets separately. This trip ticket includes all on-the-ground transportation in San Francisco, hotels from Saturday night to Tuesday night, some meals, and entrance into all of our events and programming.

Company visits will be announced here soon!

Do you represent a company?

We're always looking for new company partners to introduce to our talented students.

How Startup Trips Work

1. Apply

Anyone 18+ can apply to our trips through our quick online application. (We give extra consideration to existing HackCville members, but not guaranteed admission.) You can see our upcoming trips below - applications typically open about 30-45 days before the trip.

You don't need to be looking for an internship or job to apply - these trips are a great opportunity to just get inspired and learn about the opportunities available to you.

2. Career Prep

Accepted students will get access to exclusive workshops where we'll help you tweak your resume, LinkedIn, and share tips and tricks for effective networking. Students will submit their final resumes in advance of the trip to be sent to our hiring company partners.

3. Company Visits

On a typical trip, we'll visit 5-6 companies for about an hour each. We often speak to high-level employees - founders, CTOs, marketing directors, etc - about their experiences. HackCville and/or UVA alumni employees at these companies are frequent hosts of these visits.

4. Alumni Mixer

We end each day of visits with an opportunity to network with dozens of local alumni in whatever city we're visiting. You'll get to talk to them about how they got to where they are today. Many are hiring, too! Most students walk away with new friends and new contacts that can help them with their personal projects, academic journey, and job prospects.

Watch an overview of our annual trip to New York City: