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Comprehensive 5-day Silicon Valley Immersion Program For Corporate Executives

April 20-24, 2020

July 13-17, 2020

October 5-9, 2020

January 25-29, 2021

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 5-day experience in Silicon Valley, the program 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.

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What Will I Learn?

In 20 interactive sessions over 5 days, 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 top Silicon Valley startup accelerator to learn how practices and processes of the sector and see how it is 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.

Program Agenda

This schedule is tentative and features past speakers and participating companies.
Subject to change without prior notice

Day 1

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

Day 2

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

Day 3

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

Day 4

MCreating a Culture of Innovation​

On day 4 of Venture Capital Academy participants will gain insight into how experts grow companies to lead in times of digital transformation. Sessions will cover topics such as leadership development with emerging technologies, disruption of talent recruitment and retention, and employee engagement and culture-building. Sessions are led by top companies in these fields such as Slack, Dropbox, Jobvite and Survey Monkey. Other potential participating companies include: Zoom, Asana, SmartRecruiters, Dynamic Signal, Lever

Day 5

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?

Partnerships
Open Pathways To New Business Opportunities
Company Visits
Get Privileged Access To Silicon Valley

Technology Insights

Master Emerging Technology Trends
Best Practices
Get It Right
Executive Meetings
Connect With Digital Transformation Leaders
Strategy Tips
Learn From Those Doing It Best

What Companies Will I Meet?

Flex is the Sketch-to-Scale™ solutions provider that designs and builds intelligent products for a connected world

Google is a multinational corporation that is specialized in internet-related services and products

NVIDIA manufactures integrated circuits for use in motherboard chip-sets, graphic processing units, and game consoles

IBM is an IT technology and consulting firm providing computer hardware, software, and infrastructure and hosting services

Gap nc. is a global retailer offering clothing, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under various brands

Cisco develops, manufactures, and sells networking hardware, telecommunications equipment, and other high-technology services and products

Box is an online file sharing and cloud content management service offering unlimited storage, custom branding, and administrative controls

Tesla Motors accelerates the transition to electric mobility with a full range of increasingly affordable electric cars

Lyft designs, markets, and operates a mobile application that matches drivers with passengers who request rides

Autodesk develops 3D design software for use in the architecture, engineering, construction, and media industries

Twitter is a social networking platform that allows its users to send and read 280-character messages known as “tweets.”

Airbnb is an online community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book accommodations around the world

Facebook is an online social networking service that enables its users to connect with friends and family

Microsoft is a software corporation that develops, manufactures, licenses, supports, and sells a range of software products and services

Hewlett-Packard provides products, technologies, software, solutions, and services to individual consumers and SMBs

What Did Attendees Have To Say About The Program?

Andre Cabral, Marketing Director at Phillips, Spain shares his views about his experience at Silicon Valley. He attended the Leading Digital Transformation Program. He found it beyond his expectations.
Andre Cabral
Marketing Director at Phillips, Spain
Nicolas Toth Managing Director Latin America shares his views about his experience at Silicon Valley. He attended the Leading Digital Transformation Program. He found it beyond his expectations.
Nicolas Toth
Managing Director, Latin America
Jojo Guingao Chief Digital Officer Aboitiz Equity Venture, USA shares his views about his experience at Silicon Valley. He attended the Leading Digital Transformation Program. He found it beyond his expectations.
Jojo Guingao
Chief Digital Officer at Aboitiz Equity Venture, USA

Meet Some of Our Speakers

I was speaking about innovation and entrepreneurship and I drew on my experience both as an investment banker as well as at my advisory firm Sweat Equity. I’ve seen a lot of successful innovation and a lot of successful founders along the way and so I drew on those experiences in order to communicate what would work best for the people that were at SVIC today.
Said Mia
Founder, Sweat Equity
The level of engagement we can get with the clients here at Silicon Valley Innovation Center – we can go beyond the standard education and really beyond everything that you can learn online and everything that has been commoditized by having all that knowledge that is available out there.
Ed Fernandez
Board Director,Early Stage VC, YPO, Advisor & Entrepreneur
No matter your size of organization, whether you’re a large company or a small company, working with the SVIC really allows you to discover technologies well ahead of the curve. Whether working with an early-stage company like mine or working with one of the largest tech companies in the world, it really allows you to remain at the forefront of your game.
Kunal Contractor
Global Director, Avaamo

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April 20-24, 2020

July 13-17, 2020

October 5-9, 2020

January 25-29, 2021

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What Is Included?

  • Executive Program: 5 full days of educational sessions, meetings and company visits
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Transfers between company visits
  • Lunches
  • Program support with an SVIC representative accompanying the group

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