A 5-Day Immersion Program For Corporate Executives
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What Is An Executive Immersion Program?
For any business, keeping up with the pace of change in the economy today is no easy task. With hundreds of startups utilizing the latest technologies, industry disruption can come at any moment. That’s why we created the executive immersion program Venture Capital Academy, a program that cuts through the noise surrounding innovation and venture investment. It brings participants into direct contact with expert practitioners from the field, teaching them the strategies and skills to nurture and invest in startups.
Program participants will connect with leading technology companies, premier Silicon Valley venture capitalists and promising startups. These interactive sessions provide both data on current trends and insights into how those trends are shaping the future of the startup ecosystem and venture capital. Having gained that knowledge, participants will then be ready to lead their own initiatives in innovation and venture investment.
Our Venture Capital Academy Program Is Available Both Online and In Person in silicon valley
What Will I Learn?
In 20 interactive sessions Venture Capital Academy connects participants to Silicon Valley’s leading technology companies, venture capitalists and startups. The program teaches the skills and strategies to harness emerging technologies and digital business models through venture investment. Topics covered include:
AI, Data-Driven Venture Capital
Venture capital is as dedicated as it ever has been to nurturing big ideas and technology breakthroughs. But the sector is changing, with greater use of AI and a more data-driven approach coming into the mainstream. What will these developments mean for how venture capital will operate in future? Will it help the industry spot the next “unicorn” startup? Program participants will learn answers to those questions as they meet some of Silicon Valley’s leading venture capital innovators.
Startup Incubation and Acceleration
Many of today’s multi-billion dollar companies started out in the incubators and accelerators of Silicon Valley. But with more and more founders trying to go it alone without outside investment, can these institutions remain at the leading-edge of innovation? Venture Capital Academy takes participants to a top Silicon Valley startup accelerator to learn the practices and processes of the sector and see how they are changing to meet the demands of the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Automation of Insights with Big Data Analytics
All firms today are essentially software companies, consuming vast amounts of data. Helping them do this are the tech startups that have built the next generation of data management platforms. These applications autonomously combine structured and unstructured data, using artificial intelligence to extract insights that can inform both day-to-day management and long-term corporate strategy. During Venture Capital Academy, participants will learn how this big data analytics is changing the face of industries and where it will lead next, as they meet leading data analytics innovators.
Employee Engagement and Culture Building
Growing a company is an undertaking fraught with highs and lows, with countless obstacles to be overcome. That’s why understanding how to create the right working culture, capable of weathering any storm, is essential to all startups and venture capitalists. A wave of innovators has appeared in recent years to disrupt this area, building web and mobile applications through which companies can engage their employees like never before. How are they helping young companies create cultures of innovation and success, and how can venture capitalists best contribute to the process? Venture Capital Academy will answer those questions and many others as participants connect to leaders in employee engagement and culture-building.
This schedule is tentative and features past speakers and participating companies.
Subject to change without prior notice
The World of Venture Investing
Day 1 of Venture Capital Academy is an intense introduction to the world of Silicon Valley venture investment. Program participants will dive into AI-powered, data-driven venture capital, corporate innovation, startup incubation, and angel investment. They will meet a range of leading innovators in each of these fields such as Menlo Ventures, Google, 500 Startups and Mindrock Capital. Other potential participating companies include: Dupont, Hewlett Packard, BootUP, Y Combinator, AngelList
Founders and Startups
The journey continues on day 2 as program participants meet industry disruptors and unicorn startups. They will also engage with the next wave of entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley’s higher education institutions, and with large corporations that are veterans in collaborating with startups. Participating companies include Udemy, Airbnb, Jabil and Oracle. Other potential participating companies include: UL, Stanford University, Dash, Robinhood, Haas School of Business, Instacart
Investing in Emerging Technology
On program day 3 participants will find out where investment opportunities lie in emerging technologies such as AI, blockchain and IoT. They will see how insights are being automated with big data, how blockchain is moving beyond the proof of concept stage, and why IoT is disrupting a diverse range of fields from manufacturing to smart cities. Participants meet leading innovators from each of these fields as they learn how the technologies will transform a wide range of industries. The days’ sessions are led by companies such as Avaamo, Sinequa, Oasis Labs and Maana. Other potential participating companies include : IBM, Google, Nokia, Element Analytics, Stanford Blockchain Collective, Quid
Creating a Culture of Innovation
From Theory to Practice
On the final day of the program participants will apply the knowledge gained over the course of week in a series of practical workshops and startup showcases. Top Silicon Valley venture capitalists will lead sessions and discussion panels on venture capital strategy and on how to cultivate a unique approach to venture investment. A startup showcase provides participants with an opportunity to gain both a first-hand VC experience and exposure to innovation at its very earliest stages. Potential participating companies include: Sequoia Capital, Andressen Horowitz, Founders Fund, Khosla Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
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Why Should I Join?
What Companies Will I Meet?
Airbnb is an online community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book accommodations around the world
Postmates powers local, on-demand logistics focused on fast deliveries from any type of merchant at scale
Slack is an enterprise software platform that allows teams and businesses of all sizes to communicate effectively
The Mohr Davidow team partners with exceptional entrepreneurs and startup teams to build category-leading companies
Spotify is a commercial music streaming service that provides restricted digital content from a range of record labels and artists
Menlo Ventures provides capital for consumer, enterprise & life science technologies from seed to growth stages
Cisco develops, manufactures, and sells networking hardware, telecommunications equipment, and other high-technology services and products
Tesla Motors accelerates the transition to electric mobility with a full range of increasingly affordable electric cars
SV Angel is a San Francisco-based angel firm that helps startups with business development, financing, M&A, and other strategic advice
Amazon is an international e-commerce website for consumers, sellers, and content creators
Andreessen Horowitz is a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm with $2.7 billion under management, investing from seed to growth
Dropbox provides secure file sharing, collaboration, and storage solutions
Mayfield is a global venture capital firm which was founded in 1969 with a people-first philosophy
IdentityMind provides a SaaS platform that builds, maintains, and analyzes digital identities worldwide
Intel designs, manufactures, and sells integrated digital technology platforms worldwide
Partech is a global VC firm investing at the seed, venture, and growth stages
DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries to helps clients with their legal needs around the world
Google is a multinational corporation that is specialized in internet-related services and products