Business English

for Entrepreneurs
Business English Silicon Valley

Business English for Entrepreneurs (BEE)

Course Focus

ELI’s Business English For Entrepreneurs is a unique 12-13 week in-person course taught on our conveniently located campus in Downtown San Francisco, in the heart of Silicon Valley.

BEE is a project based course where students develop their business ideas, network with entrepreneurs and professionals from around the world, explore Silicon Valley, learn how to launch their own startup and improve their English at the same time.

Connect to Silicon Valley startup culture in this project-based, full-time Business English course and access 4 hours of afternoon Elective classes including Pronunciation and Conversation.

The course has 4 start dates per year and is taught by one of ELI’s highly qualified, professional ESL teachers every quarter. Class sizes average 8-12 students. Our small class sizes allow individualized learning and daily opportunities to practice English while networking with fellow entrepreneurs.


Less than 3 months
2-12 weeks of study
Minimum 2-week enrollment for non-F-1 students
3-6 months
13-25 weeks of study (prepaid)
+ 6 months
26+ weeks of study (prepaid)

$100 Nonrefundable App Fee

Who should take this course?

  • Entrepreneurs and business professionals
  • Students who have completed CEFR C1 (Low Advanced) - REQUIRED
  • F-1 students who have received a degree from another higher education or English language school in the USA

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Days of the week

Monday to Thursday



Course Length

18 hours/week: Required instruction
4 hours/week: Elective classes (optional)
Quarterly Start Dates:

  • January 2nd, 2024
  • April 1st  2024
  • July 1st, 2024
  • September 30th, 2024

Visa Information

Supports F-1 Status
Students with any visa or status may enroll in this course

Talk Business with Confidence

Customer Development
Customer Development

Practice user research methods to discover, validate, and build empathy with the best audience for your ideas.

Customer Development
Business Model Validation

Learn to test assumptions about your product’s value, marketing channels and revenue potential.

Agile Development
Agile Development

Apply the leading philosophy in Silicon Valley for how to manage costs for your start-up and risks to your business.

Want to connect with Silicon Valley startup culture?
Learn English. Launch your business.
Experience San Francisco.
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Student's voice

The Business English for Entrepreneurs program supports students in developing English communications and business skills. Students learn by doing a complete exercise of start-up company creation. Being in San Francisco, the heart of SiliconValley where everything happens first, is so exciting. Meeting founders and taking trips to places like Uber and Runway are impressive. This course is the way to empower your startup dreams or next career challenge.


Business English

Accreditation and Partners

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