Summer Smasher
Technology. Innovation. Entrepreneurship.

About the Program

The Viterbi Startup Garage (VSG) Summer Smasher program is designed to give current USC students a crash course in entrepreneurship! It offers a strong experiential component where you join our community of fully operational tech startup companies as an Entrepreneur-in-Training. Summer Smasher is designed to teach you to:
  • Think like an entrepreneur
  • Build your project portfolio
  • Introduce you to the evolving and rapidly-growing start-up culture

Benefits of Becoming a Summer Smasher Participant

Ground floor immersive experience through hands-on projects

Experience in the fast-paced world of tech startups in Silicon Beach

Access to leading minds in a weekly speaker series 

Summer Smasher Lab Meetings to mimic our team's Founders' Circle
Apply For 2023 Summer Smasher Here
Summer Smasher 2018
Summer Smasher 2019

Watch our 2023 Info Session here!

New Year, Same Program!

Application Process

Each year our student applicants first submit a first round application here .

First round applications are due April 9, 2023

After the first round application approval, you will then enter the second round of the application process. Students will submit a video to our VSG teams telling us about themselves and sharing their interests with us.

Take a look at the 2020 video prompt from our VSG startup teams.

If you want to see more of our past VSG teams, take a look at the 2019 video prompt.

Student and Team Testimonials

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