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“AI won’t take your job – it’s someone using AI who will take your job.”
Richard Baldwin, 
World Economic Forum
Growth Summit May 2023

Startup Program

Skills Developed

Our team enables young adults to expand their skillset in preparation for life in the 21st century.


We call this the NIMBLE mindset. Our approach is infused with lessons from neuroscience, behavioral economics, improv, ethics and negotiations strategy.


and cognitive flexibility 






and inclusive leadership skills 


Critical Thinking

Complex problem-solving



and innovation



Investor + personal pitch


Teams in the cohort design concepts from idea to pitch. The process is scaffolded using world-class business frameworks and principles.

Idea Creation

Lean Business Plan

Market Validation

Iterative Prototyping

Human-Centered Design

Pitch Competition to VCs/other investors

Some of 2023 session's leaders & executive mentors

Mariette Wharton NIMBLE founder, exited tech founder, startup investor, Columbia MBA

Yoeri Dassen Venture Partner, 7percent Ventures

David Hale Director, TechnoServe, former CEO of Gigwalk

Jody Shapiro Founder + CEO of Productiv, former Head of Google Analytics Premium

Colin McGrath Founder + CEO of Brightband, senior engineer at Netskope

Steven Nelemans Founder + CEO of Luna, Venture Advisor at LUMO Labs, 3x founder

Danny Andreev former Production Engineering Manager, Verdant Robotics

Jeff Greger Service Designer at AARP Foundation, formerly at Coca-Cola Company

Laureen Hildalgo, Senior Director, Salesforce

Jeff Russakow Three-time growth CEO; four-time Fortune 500 senior operating executive

Diane Strachkowski, EdD Instagram influencer, psychologist

Scott Wharton CEO, Tandem PV, former GM/VP of B2B at Logitech, 4x startup exits

Sameer Nadkarni  Managing Director, Atlas Technology Group Investment Bank

Annick Mohageg Group Product Marketing Manager, Adobe Firefly

Matthew Kirkham Founder, True Nation | True AI, exited founder, SILICON MARKETS

Kadair Eskander Founder, enso, biomedical engineer

Iris Sagi Director of Philanthropy, FINCA International, CEO, Truhoma

The session culminates in a Shark Tank-style pitch competition to judges (Venture Capitalists and  investors), including:

Brent Ahrens General Partner at Canaan Partners 

Sameer Nadkarni Managing Director, Atlas Technology Group LLC

Shayna Modaressi Senior Vice President, Venture Debt Investor at Bridge Bank

Mariette Wharton NIMBLE founder, angel investor in 100+ startups over 11 years


July 22 – July 26, 2024
9 am – 3 pm, Mon–Fri


July 29 - Aug 2, 2024
9 am – 3 pm, Mon–Fri


Fenwick & West
801 California St
Mountain View, CA 94041


How to Apply

Fill out the registration form
including waiver
and conduct form

We will contact you for an interview

Fee & Payment

$699 per week session


Preferred payment method:

check payable to NIMBLE | PO Box 861

Los Altos, CA 94023

@nimblemindset on Venmo on PayPal

email for credit card 


 Full refund by May 31 minus $50 processing fee ($150 after)

Contact for financial aid


See The Reviews on Google

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This camp has quite honestly changed my life. With all of the personalized support from Mariette and every other business figured who donated their time, I have the confidence, strategies, and enthusiasm to create a company. We learned everything from brain-swarming, design thinking, business models, to the art of the elevator pitch. I can not believe the deal I got by going to this camp (in terms of money, time, and energy)! I learned so much valuable information from this camp that could change a startup from a zero to a hero. I now have the foundation to pursue my dream career—one I built myself. I recommend this camp to ANYONE who wants to change the world, work for themselves, and create something out of nothing. This camp is the real deal.

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Shalin Z.

I participated in the week-long summer start-up camp and had so many takeaways. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in potentially creating their own product or company because the camp covers the process of going from an idea to pitching it in just one week. The camp is extremely interesting, educational, and fun, and there was not a moment where I felt bored (coming from someone who has a short-attention span). I learned so much about business, users, connections, and more while meeting many experienced entrepreneurs Mariette brought in. Mariette is so kind, engaged, and is dedicated to helping each individual learn more about start-ups. Her experience and wisdom is very special and everyone should have a chance to participate in the camp.

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Kai L.

I really enjoyed the program that Mariette and the whole NIMBLE team put together. The camp was such an amazing opportunity that I was fortunate to be able to take part in. The program offers so much in such a short amount of time. Having industry experts helping and mentoring us through out the week on our projects was an invaluable experience. Everyone was super friendly, kind, helpful and knowledgable. I learned a lot from the week I participated in. I would recommend this to everyone, especially people who want to broaden their look on the world around them.

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