Communication is what makes a big difference in Silicon Valley. California’s unique entrepreneurial landscape formed a society with long-continued traditions of networking. Entrepreneurs and professionals in all kinds of disciplines, starting with computer science to medicine, are ready to share the experience. Numerous local business meetings and conferences, bringing the most innovative marketers in one place, are the very best place find partners and mentors, discuss ideas and share knowledge. But with over several hundred events held in California each year, how do you know which one is right for you? Silicon Valley Innovation Center carefully picked some of the best spring business events to choose from.
1. Ninja Innovation and Startup Culture
Organized by Computer History Museum NextGen Advisory Board
When: February 20, 2014 at 6:00 PM
Where: Computer History Museum, 1401 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA
Wide-ranging conversation with tech evangelist Robert Scoble and Consumer Electronics Association President and CEO Gary Shapiro. Discussion of Gary’s New York Times bestseller, Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Businesses. Ninja Innovators are the leaders who exhibit the traits of ancient Japanese warriors: they are disciplined, determined and passionate, and willing to take risks in order to succeed. Come discover how you can find and develop your inner ninja!
2. Launch Festival
Organized by the Launch Fund
When: February 24 – 26, 2014
Where: San Francisco Design Center Concourse, 635 8th Street, Brannan, San Francisco, CA 94103
The best place to launch your startup, raise money and learn about starting a company. 40 companies will launch for the first time or launch new products and compete for titles like Best Design, Best Technology and Best Overall with 8,000 attendees making it the largest live audience in technology. $250K will be available from the LAUNCH Fund
3. Everything Startups Need to Know About Angel Funding
Organized by Founders Space
When: March 5, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Where: Academy of Art, 79 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA
Find out everything you need to know about…
- Series Seed
- Convertible Notes
- SAFE Financing Docs
- Closing Angel Rounds
- Getting Traction on AngelList
4. Strategic Investors: Why Startups Should Look to Corporate VCs
Organized by Founders Space
When: March 12, 2014 at 6:00 PM
Where: Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton, 379 Lytton Ave, Palo Alto, CA
Find out how to raise money from strategic partners & corporations…
- What are corporations looking for in startups?
- Which corporations are the most active investors?
- How to negotiate the best terms with a corporate VC?
- Ways to orchestrate your own acquisition
5. PARC Innovation Lab: A Blueprint for Innovation Leadership
Organized by PARC
When: March 13, 2014 at 8:30 AM
Where: PARC , 3333 Coyote Hill Road, Palo Alto, CA
At the PARC Innovation Lab you will discover how to unleash creativity, experiment efficiently, explore new business models, and manage innovation in your own organization. From translating insights into groundbreaking products and services to building a more effective innovation culture, you will come away with a wealth of practical approaches you can apply immediately.
You can get more from visiting Silicon Valley for PARC. During the same time, on March 8-16, Silicon Valley Innovation Center is holding an executive training “The Future of Energy”. Learn from the utilities and technology leaders in Silicon Valley how to use innovations in technology and business to stay ahead of the competition and address the needs of the new energy era.
6. Innovation Forum 2014- Berkeley
Organized by The Economist
When: March 27, 2014 at 8:30 AM
Where: Haas School of Business, University of California, 2220 Piedmont Ave, Berkeley, CA
The Economist’s fifth annual Innovation Forum will explore truly transformative innovations that have the potential of changing how we live and work—and ask how more companies can think bigger and solve today’s most important challenges. This conference aims to answer the ultimate questions for technologists, futurists, and C-suite executives: Are we thinking big enough and how do we get there?
You’ll catch the Economist’s Innovation Forum if you register for the Silicon Valley Innovation Center’s executive program “Angel Investment”. The program held during March 22-29 consists of meetings with the most successful angel investors and entrepreneurs as well as visiting the best California companies.
7. 2nd Annual Silicon Valley Meets CrowdFunders
Organized by 2014 CrowdFunding World Tour Conference & Expo
When: April 3, 2014 at 9:00 AM
Where: Sheraton Hotel, 625 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA
Crowdfunding Conference provides the participants with the unique opportunity to discuss current state of the industry, to learn from experts in venture capital, business angel and crowdfunding fields, to network and find new partnerships.
Please note that Silicon Valley Innovation Center is preparing “Innovation in Business and Technologies” executive training for April, the 5th – you can participate in both events!
8. 2014 ANGEL CAPITAL EXPO – Silicon Valley
Organized by Keiretsu Forum
When: May 1, 2014 at 7:30 AM
Where: Microsoft, 1065 La Avenida Street, Mountain View, CA
Angel Capital Expo is the premier gathering of the angel capital community and was created to foster collaboration among angel groups, as well as reach out to the larger investment community. Attendees include over 300 angel investors.