"Thank you for everything. It was a fantastic week! We got more than we expected with the Silicon Valley Innovation Center Program."
D'Ieteren Silicon Valley Study Tour
On Monday, October 17th through Friday, October 21st, Silicon Valley Innovation Center (SVIC) hosted the executives from D'leteren, Belgium. Silicon Valley industry leaders, top executives, investors, and innovators shared their vision with the participants on the most disruptive trends in transportation and how to convert them into innovation opportunities. During the porgram, participants met with established Silicon Valley leaders and innovation strategists from the following companies: Autotech Ventures, Lyft, Mercedes-Benz Innovation and Development Center, Autodesk, T-Labs, Deep Vision, WiSilica, Savari, Center for Automotive Research at Stanford, Waze, Google, Microsoft, Tesla, Cisco and many other companies.
Tetra Pak Silicon Valley Executive Tour
On Monday, September 26th through Tuesday, September 27th, Silicon Valley Innovation Center (SVIC) hosted the executive team from Tetra Pak. During the program, participants met with Silicon Valley thought leaders from Amazon, Apple, Airbnb, and learnt about the next unicorns.
Silicon Valley Fintech Week
"The FinTech week by Silicon Valley Innovation Center has opened my horizons and made it very clear that I personally and the companies I am working for are not yet sufficiently participating in the innovation economy. With the opportunities that have been presented and the connections I have made, I am determined to change that in very short order."
Women In Leadership
Navigating Fintech Disruption
"SVIC made us feel very welcome and were professional at all times. Their knowledge of Silicon Valley and the 'ecosystem' is excellent and added immense value to our experience. SVIC's selection of companies to visit displayed a very good understanding of our needs. The speakers were of high quality."
Energy Sector Innovation
Bank of Queensland Visits Silicon Valley
Silicon Valley Innovation Center (SVIC) hosted the Board of Directors and the executive management team of Bank of Queensland (Australia). BoQ, one of the oldest financial institutions in Queensland, has 252 branches throughout Australia and more than 650,000 customers.
"The Silicon Valley Immersion program was very thought provoking and feeds well into our bank's digital next-gen agenda and the innovation framework. Thank you for the impact you made."
Tetra Pak Brazil Visits Silicon Valley
On Monday, June 13th through Wednesday, June 15th, Silicon Valley Innovation Center (SVIC) hosted the executive team from Tetra Pak Brazil and their clients, including delegates from Pepsico and Nestle. Tetra Pak is a multinational food packaging and processing company with $11.9 billion in revenue and 23,600 employees.
RACV Board of Directors Visits Silicon Valley
"The experience SVIC provided us was both transformational and very enlightening. Silicon Valley is a unique experience where collaboration and sharing is second nature. Being given the opportunity to review our strategic direction in light of more contemporary innovators and disruptive technologies was invaluable."
Bank of Queensland visits Silicon Valley
Silicon Valley Innovation Center hosted Jon Earle Sutton, Chief Executive Officer, and Peter Deans, Chief Risk Officer, of Bank of Queensland in Silicon Valley. During their visit, Jon and Peter were introduced to innovation experts at SOFI, BNY Mellon Innovation Center, Plug and Play Tech Center, and Citi Ventures.
“Fantastic week! Trip like this helps us to work much closer together and bringing in new way of thinking. Thank you, SVIC!”
The Future of Retail Banking: Emerging Technologies and Business Models From Silicon Valley
The program facilitated learning from leading experts in the field of banking and finance in Silicon Valley, visits to major companies in the U.S. banking sector, familiarity with the latest technology solutions in banking, and meetings with successful entrepreneurs and venture funds investing in new banking technologies.
"Thanks to the program in Silicon Valley, our group was able to get acquainted much deeper with the culture and the process of innovation in large, successful companies such as Google, SAP, Facebook, and to hold meetings with companies in the financial sector - Intuit, Paypal. Visits to the business incubators organically supplemented the goals of the program. The tour as a whole was extremely practical and useful, with personal immersion to the corporate culture and the best practices of Silicon Valley companies, which will help us create and sustain innovation. "
Emerging Trends and Disruptive Technologies in Insurance
Thank you for such a wonderfully inspiring week. Your commitment, attention and stimulation made for a very thought provoking week. It was truly transformational. I look forward to keeping in touch!
Innovation in Business and Technology
“Silicon Valley is a shining example of a region thriving through innovation and entrepreneurship. SVIC makes this Silicon Valley magic accessible to people globally through their vast human network and high quality programs. I’ve been impressed by SVIC’s leadership, particularly their commitment to mutually beneficial collaboration, and have thoroughly enjoyed every interaction I’ve had with the talented people on the SVIC team.”
Insider’s Guide to Silicon Valley: What Every Startup Investor Should Know
"Dear friends! I would like to reiterate to you words of gratitude for the excellently organized program in Silicon Valley. According to the participants, not only current topics and interesting speakers made it memorable, but also perfectly organized logistics! I am sure that these three intense days allowed us all to not only get very useful information about the VC landscape of the Valley, but also make new useful contacts. For our part, we would like to express our confidence in further fruitful cooperation!"
Venture Capital Investors Trip to Moscow
"On my own behalf and on behalf of RUSNANO, I want to express my gratitude for the efforts that you and your colleagues have undertaken to organize a trip of venture investors to Russia. I think that the main result of the meetings and the exchange of opinions is that such a trip would be a good starting point for strategic cooperation between our countries"
Angel and Early Stage Investors Trip to Kiev
“Thank you for organizing such a great business tour to Kiev city and for the meeting with the Mayor of Kiev Oleksandr Popov! It was very interesting!”
"I would like to thank Silicon Valley Innovation Center for their excellent work in organizing the delegation of venture capitalists to the Innovation Forum “Kyiv City Open Doors”. The trip was very interesting! The program provided a great understanding of the initiatives in entrepreneurship and innovation, unfolding in Kiev and Ukraine as a whole."
Innovation in Retail: New Trends and Opportunities
“First of all, thank you for the wonderful program. It was a unique opportunity to look at the successful companies from the inside and discuss future trends with high potential. The most memorable was to sense the spirit of Silicon Valley, where the startups are being created with the aspiration to change the world. And if it brings money in the end, it is a double success. I was struck by the casual atmosphere of the offices of Google and Facebook, and open and friendly attitude of the staff to the guests. I was amazed by how many successful companies there are in the small area of Silicon Valley.”
HR Management and Recruitment: New Practices and Applications
"My impression of the program on Innovation in HR, organized by SV Innovation Center, was very positive. It was very useful to be able to interact with innovation leaders in the HR industry.
Skolkovo EMBA Program at Stanford University
“SVIC organized a fantastic Stanford campus tour for 65 participants, with a very knowledgeable guide, who was able to answer every question about the school. SVIC also organized a series of meetings for us on campus with very experienced professionals who could speak directly to Stanford’s entrepreneurial role in Silicon Valley from different perspectives. And then they brought in a student who was seeking external inputs on a challenge he was working on, so an impromptu opportunity to talk with an actual student. A nice touch.”
Innovation in Public Education: Best Practices from Leading U.S. Universities
“SVIC organized a top-notch program that transformed our thinking and understanding of educational institution management. We were inspired by many ideas, examples, and best practices we were exposed to in the course of the program. Being able to learn from some of the brightest minds in the industry, and visit many of the leading educational institutions has expanded our horizons and cemented the learning.”
Design Thinking Development: How to Raise Innovation
NTU visits Silicon Valley
Silicon Valley Innovation Center organized an educational program for 92 students and 4 professors from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. NTU students and professors were excited to engage with some of the leading technology companies in Silicon Valley to see innovation culture and disruptive technologies in action, including Facebook, SAP, Oracle, Flextronics, and Prezi. They received an firsthand look into what knowledge is needed to walk the entrepreneurial path in Silicon Valley, make connections with local recruiters, and gained inspirational ideas on how to start their own businesses.
Innovative Approaches to Design-Thinking
On October 21-25th Silicon Valley Innovation Center organized four workshops on Design Thinking and its application to K12 education for teachers of a network of top innovative schools in Kazakhstan - Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools (NIS).
"As a language teacher, I have selected some of the approaches and tools I will be using in my classes, such as creative thinking, prototyping and goal-oriented mindset. The process of learning should be as diversified as possible, and this program has become a real inspiration for us, the teachers of NIS, who care a lot about the quality of their teaching and the ongoing interest of all our students in the subject"
Innovation in STEM Education
"As a teacher who is passionate about technology and who teaches both Physics and Math, I was extremely excited about this opportunity. Innovation in STEM Education is the right course for professionals who would like to learn about the best techniques and tools used in modern education. I want to thank you for everything you have done for us - your program on innovative STEM education in high school was very useful and interesting. Thanks to you I got to meet some extraordinary professionals and significantly boosted my motivation, which allowed me to already start implementing all the new knowledge in my teaching practice. Today I initiated and ran a workshop for my colleagues based on your program and I have to tell you that they were absolutely blown away. Now they want me to repeat the workshop and launch a serious of courses on this topic. Hats off to the organizers of this program!"
How Disruptive Technologies Affect Career Development and Skills
“Thank you, SVIC for organizing such a wonderful program packed with learning and development opportunities. Our team appreciated the invaluable opportunities you provided to meet representatives of California Association of School Counselors, UC Berkeley, and University of San Francisco, gain insight into innovative educational approaches of leading tech companies like Google, Cisco, and Intel, and learn from industry experts in Stanford Career Development Center and Blackboard. This learning will help us use innovation in our workplace and build a brighter future for our students!”