“The experience was brilliant, and there are so many opportunities to be further explored. Thank you, SVIC, for your efforts and kindness during the trip, it was very evident that you worked with us to accommodate our needs along the way and you did it with grace! We’re looking forward to continuing the relationships and build on the experience.”
For C-level Executives and Entrepreneurs
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The program is an intense, transformative learning experience that will immerse you in the innovations and business culture of Silicon Valley through:
The program is a transformational week that aims to give you the first- hand insights into the inner workings of Silicon Valley, emerging technologies and disruptive trends that will disrupt the way we work and live. It will also shed light to the building blocks of innovation that ignite the infamous entrepreneurial spirit of Silicon Valley and bring to live its game- changing ideas. You will learn about:
SILICON VALLEY’S “SECRET SAUCE”
The history of Silicon Valley, the rich ecosystem of VC firms, major research centers and universities, successful investors and entrepreneurs.
NAVIGATING EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES AND DISRUPTIVE TRENDS
Hear industry visionaries and thought leaders share their perspectives on emerging trends and digital eco-systems that will impact your business in 2017 & beyond.
BUILDING SUCCESS: FROM START-UP TO IPO
Get the insider view on how to scale a startup, go through an IPO and merger-acquisition, keys to success, and much more.
THE ART AND SCIENCE OF INNOVATION MANAGEMENT
Hear our speakers share their personal stories of entrepreneurial success and examples of how companies can to turn their Innovation strategy into real action.
THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF TECHNOLOGY INVESTING
Become familiar with Silicon Valley investment ecosystem and best practices.
DAY 1 – Silicon Valley’s “Secret Sauce”
Find out about the history of Silicon Valley, the rich ecosystem of VC firms, major research centers and universities, successful investors and entrepreneurs drawn to this place from all over the world. Explore why all attempts to replicate Silicon Valley in other locations have yet to see success.
Hear directly from the successful entrepreneurs and Silicon Valley experts. Previous speakers of our programs included: Steve Blank (Entrepreneur, Author of Four Steps to the Epiphany), Ken Singer (Director of CTE at UC Berkeley), Brian Solis (Principal analyst at Altimeter Group) and others.
The Biggest Success Stories of Silicon Valley
We will visit the most famous Silicon Valley companies such as Facebook, Google, Apple or Alphabet and discuss with business managers the benefits and downsides of growing business in Silicon Valley, as well as lessons on creating and nurturing the innovation culture:
DAY 2 – Navigating Emerging Technologies and Disruptive Trends
Discover the latest technology breakthroughs brewing in Silicon Valley. Meet with Silicon Valley innovators who aspire to change the world. Participate in a brainstorming session on how the disruptive trends may forever change the way we work and live.
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
We will visit start-ups and established companies making advances in the area of machine learning and Artificial Intelligence. Explore how these technologies are pushing the boundaries of human control, what impact they may have on the future of jobs and the overall society.
Virtual and Augmented Reality
What are the disruptive effects of virtual and augmented reality? Why the push for VR/AR that failed before is gaining momentum now? Who are the winners and the losers? These and other topics will be discussed with the top experts in virtual reality and representatives of the companies such as:
Internet of Things and Wearables
Some experts believe that Internet of Smart Things can have even bigger implications for the industries and the humanity than Artificial Intelligence. How advanced is the technology? How to use valuable insights from the tsunami of data that IoT produces? What are the promising new opportunities and threats from creating complex networks of interconnected devices? Find out directly from the source by meeting with companies leading the IoT revolution such as:
What is the next frontier for technology innovation? We will visit innovation labs that fuel Silicon Valley growth. You will get first-hand insights into the next generation of emerging technologies – from autonomous cars to design thinking to latest developments in food research-andwillwitness revolutioninmaking.
DAY 3 – Building Success: From Start-Up to IPO
Silicon Valley’s claim to fame is as a birthplace of many companies that have redefined the industries and changed the rules of the game. During this day you will visit companies that “made it” and the entrepreneurs that are making it happen. Meet with prominent Silicon Valley start-ups, including “unicorns,” and get the insider view on what how to get on the road to > $1B valuation.
Insider View: Disrupting Business Models
Shared economy, social financing, peer to peer lending have taken the world by storm, and it all started with a couple of guys renting out a mattress to their friends. Witness the transformation of business models driven by technology innovations from the disruptors’ point of view by visiting companiessuchas:
Insider View: Incubators and Accelerators
Many great companies got a jump start in the incubators and accelerators of Silicon Valley. Explore the business incubation model and meet the residents and alumni of the hottest Silicon Valley start-up incubators such as:
DAY 4 – The Art and Science of Innovation Management
Silicon Valley companies compete on innovation. Have an eye-opening experience comparing what cutting edge start-ups do to win the innovation race vs. established companies with their unique challenges in maintaining the pace of innovation. Get involved in highly interactive workshops with active participation from the team. Hear our speakers share their personal stories of entrepreneurial success and Silicon Valley experience, which could be quite inspirational.
Creating Innovation Culture
Ping-pong tables, free gourmet lunches and sleeping pods in the office are not all that is required to keep your team innovative and productive. Learn from Silicon Valley start-ups the secrets of attracting and retaining the right people and creating the company culture that helps businesses launch game-changing innovations.
Maintaining The Level Of Innovation And Remaining Competitive
Learn from the technology “veterans” on how to maintain the level of innovation and remain competitive when the pace of technological advancement keeps accelerating. Find out what unique challenges the established companies face and how they overcome those challenges by meeting with companies such as:
DAY 5 – The Theory And Practice Of Technology Investing
Learn secrets of successful investing in innovative tech startups from experienced Silicon Valley investors. Understand how to adapt to changing market conditions and consistently deliver high returns. Become familiar with Silicon Valley investment ecosystem and best practices.
Angel Investor Economics and Trends
Explore the economics of angel investing with the Silicon Valley prominent angels and angel funds. Learn how they evaluate business risks, screen the start-ups. Find out about the latest trends in angel investing across Silicon Valley’s ecosystem from representatives of the companies such as:
Silicon Valley Venture Capital Funds. What Are They Investing In?
Discover industry insights and emerging trends from the prominent venture capitalists of Silicon Valley. Find out what is on top of the list of venture capitalists, how they choose where to invest and what does it take to raise capital from Silicon Valley VCs.
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