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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.

"Thank you for everything. It was a fantastic week! We got more than we expected with the Silicon Valley Innovation Center Program."

Aurore Gillmann
Head of Transformation Office, D'Ieteren Auto

Silicon Valley Fintech Week

On Monday, September 12th through Friday, September 16th, Silicon Valley Innovation Center (SVIC) hosted the executives from banks and FinTech firms from different countries ( Canada, USA, Monaco, Turkey, South Africa, Australia)

"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."

Oliver Buechse
Founder, MyStrategySource

Women In Leadership

Silicon Valley Innovation Center organized a program for high-performing business women from around the world on innovation and leadership.   High-ranking female guest speakers from top Silicon Valley companies shared their experience and insights on how women can be catalysts for organizational effectiveness and success.

Navigating Fintech Disruption

On Monday, July 18th through Friday, July 22nd, Silicon Valley Innovation Center (SVIC) hosted the executives from banks and FinTech firms from different countries ( Singapore, Japan, South Africa, Kazakhstan, Argentina and Panama).

"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."

Michael Summerton
Senior Manager Product Development, Allan Gray

Energy Sector Innovation

Silicon Valley Innovation Center (SVIC) hosted the executive management team of Bangchak Petroleum (Thailand), one of the oldest energy business in Thailand, that has over 28 subsidiaries.

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.

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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.


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RACV Board of Directors Visits Silicon Valley

Monday, May 23rd through Friday, May 27th, 2016 – Silicon Valley Innovation Center (SVIC) hosted the Board of Directors from Australia’s Royal Automotive Club of Victoria (RACV) – RACV has 2.1 million members, approximately 10% of Australia’s population, with $500 million annual revenue –  for a week strategy sessions on disruption in transportation industry and for essential immersion into the innovation culture of 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."

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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.

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"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."

Donna-Maree Vinci
Group Executive, Enterprise Solutions, Bank of Queensland

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. "

Vlad Urban
Alfa Bank, Head of E-commerce Department

Emerging Trends and Disruptive Technologies in Insurance

Silicon Valley Innovation Center has organized a comprehensive Study Tour on Emerging Trends and Disruptive Technologies in Insurance, for Board of Directors of Insurance Australia Group (IAG).The purpose of the Study Tour was to expand the IAG Board’s perspectives and awareness of disruptive and transformational forces predicted to shape the commercial landscape of the insurance industry over the next decade. The program included lectures led by executive industry experts, and visits to some of the most innovative companies of Silicon Valley.

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!

Jacki Johnson
CEO at IAG New Zealand

Innovation in Business and Technology

Silicon Valley Innovation Center organized a 9-day executive program in Silicon Valley for executives and business owners. Participants had an opportunity to learn about the latest technology trends, visit leading innovative companies such as Google and Facebook, meet with successful Silicon Valley startups including Airbnb, and gain knowledge and skills that helped them shape the strategy of their organizations and stay ahead of the competition.

“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.”

Kimberly Wiefling
Founder and President, Wiefling Consulting, Inc.

Insider’s Guide to Silicon Valley: What Every Startup Investor Should Know

Angel investors, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs participated in the program organized by the Silicon Valley Innovation Center. The program included presentations and master classes by the leading experts of the venture capital and angel investment community in Silicon Valley. After the official presentations, the investors had the opportunity to talk personally with industry leaders such as William (Bill) Draper III, founder and partner of Draper Richards; Dixon Doll, founder and partner of DCM venture fund; Randy Williams, founder and president of the club of angel investors Keiretsu Forum; Jim Smith, Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures; Don Dixon, co-founder and partner at Trident Capital; Saeed Amidi, founder and president of Plug & Play Tech Center; Nicola Corzine, a partner of Angel Investors Club, Band of Angels; George Kellerman, a partner at 500 Startups business incubator; and many others.

"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!"

Philipp Mukhin
Technology Capital and Markets Access Department, Russian Venture Company (RVC)

Venture Capital Investors Trip to Moscow

This event had brought a delegation of managing partners from leading Silicon Valley venture capital firms to Moscow to meet with Russian business and government elite, including President Medvedev, and to further ties between Silicon Valley and Russian high-tech community. During their stay in Moscow, the trip’s participants were introduced to the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, prominent Russian entrepreneurs, major law firms, investment banks, and other technology executives and investors. In addition, the participants were given a behind-the-scenes look at several Russian technology companies as well as the opportunity to learn about the emerging Russian startup scene and its growth potential. Productive meetings with Russian business, academic and political elites have opened up new opportunities, served as a platform for establishing business relationships and led to a series of successful investment projects.

"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"

Anatoly Chubais

Angel and Early Stage Investors Trip to Kiev

Silicon Valley Innovation Center developed a customized program for a group of angel investors. Participants got a chance to meet with top venture funds and successful angel investors of Silicon Valley, as well as visit well-known business incubators. The program facilitated experiential learning and connections with the leading investors and entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley including Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Kiertsu Forum, Plug and Play business incubator, NestGSV.

“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!”

Rob Chaplinsky
Managing Partner, X Venture Fund

"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."

Roman Kikta
Managing Partner, Mobility Ventures, LLC

Innovation in Retail: New Trends and Opportunities


Top executives of a leading retailer participated in a week-long executive program. The group visited and met with top management of large retail chains (Nordstrom, Walmart, Sur la Table, Dollar Tree), and learned about SIlicon Valley business models disrupting traditional retail (One Kings Lane, Google). Complemented by lectures on omnichannel marketing, supply chain management, and technologies enabling retail operations taught by leading retail experts, the program provided comprehensive learning. The company included the learnings into their mid-term growth strategy.

“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.”

Max Goulish
Managing Director, Green Island

HR Management and Recruitment: New Practices and Applications

Silicon Valley Innovation Center hosted an executive training program focused on reviewing and selecting innovative practices and applications in the field of human resource management and recruitment. The program was designed to empower HR managers with the knowledge and guidance to recruit individuals who excel in all aspects of their field. The program involved meeting top executives of Silicon Valley organizations, along with presentations and seminars focused on highlighting innovation in HR management. The participants learned about the latest trends in HR management, mastered tools for analysis, and new methods of recruitment.

"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.

Luis Araya
Personnel Command Officer, Chilean Air Force (Chile)

Skolkovo EMBA Program at Stanford University

SVIC organized a visit to Stanford for senior executives, entrepreneurs, and business owners - participants in the Moscow School of Management’s (Skolkovo) EMBA program to help them better understand the role of Stanford University in the Silicon Valley ecosystem.   

“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.”

Dr. Jim Pulkrano
Member of the IMD EMBA Teaching Team

Innovation in Public Education: Best Practices from Leading U.S. Universities

Silicon Valley Innovation Center held a series of executive training sessions on the latest trends in education, taught by some of the top experts from Stanford University, UC Berkeley, UCSF, Google, and others. The program has brought together some of the most influential minds in the educational institution development and innovative technology. Participants learned how to build a modern-day university that can function independently of the government, develop competitive and market strategies, and manage alumni relations. In the process they were taught some of the best practices of leading U.S. colleges on how to succeed as a competitive, sustainable educational institution through international collaboration, various funding initiatives and programs.

“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.”

Deputy Rector, Eurasian National University

Design Thinking Development: How to Raise Innovation

Silicon Valley Innovation Center together with experts from Silicon Valley organized a program that facilitated professional learning and development in the field of design thinking. Our experts talked about new approaches for teaching creative thinking in an educational context, shared ideas and strategies for successful implementation of design thinking in schools, and provided examples of the use of new technologies in teaching design thinking in educational institutions.

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.

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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"

Aisulu Jeshmanova
Teacher of the Kazakh Language, Nazarbayev Intellectual School of Shymkent

Innovation in STEM Education

Silicon Valley Innovation Center has organized another educational program - 10 STEM teachers from Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools (Kazakhstan) participated in a one week immersion course in Silicon Valley and learned about innovation and best practices in teaching STEM subjects in high school. Together with Silicon Valley STEM educators and experts in high school curriculum, standards, program evaluation and professional development the group explored the pros and cons of new approaches to advancing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math pedagogy as a response to the new demands of K12 and higher education in the 21st century.

"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!"

Bekassyl Aigaraev
Teacher of Mathematics and Physics, Nazarbayev Intellectual School of Chemistry and Biology, Kyzylorda City

How Disruptive Technologies Affect Career Development and Skills

Silicon Valley Innovation Center organized an executive training for executive members and counselors of educational institutions in Asia. The goal of the program was to provide attendees with guidance on innovative approaches in the field of career counseling and successful implementation of new technologies and techniques for the development of skills for career growth. The program also facilitated exchange of knowledge as well as future collaboration between education leaders in Asia and some of the most prominent educational organizations of the United States.

“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!”

Bakhtiyar Jangeldinov
Deputy Director of HR Department