Study Tours

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You think you know Silicon Valley? Think again.  While known as ground zero of innovative ideas, disruptive technologies, and entrepreneurship for decades, the sands are shifting in such a way that new opportunities are being created for other ecosystems outside of Silicon Valley. Learn where the opportunities exist and how to leverage them. We will take you on a behind-the-scenes look at the changing Silicon Valley ecosystem to hear what lies ahead from thought leaders.

This program is for tech ecosystem leaders, corporate executives, venture capitalists, and innovation leaders; it will include:

(1) site visits to innovative and leading Silicon Valley companies

(2) lectures from Silicon Valley thought leaders, executives, and venture capitalists

(3) our annual “State of Nordic Tech in Silicon Valley” VIP reception where you will meet 100+ of the who’s who in the tech community in Silicon Valley. Past attendees have included executives from companies such as Tesla, Uber, Volvo Cars, Salesforce, Google, Instagram, Ericsson, Nokia, Lyft, Ford, IBM, Zynga, Waymo, Nestle, SAP, etc)

(4) participation in a closed EuropeSV meeting; EuropeSV is a gathering of the European Ecosystem Leadership in Silicon Valley (including European Trade Organizations, Consulates, and Business Associations in San Francisco/Silicon Valley) from over 25 countries.

  • Overview of the Changing Silicon Valley Ecosystem
  • Developing your competitive advantages by finding gaps in Silicon Valley that align with your strengths: where do gaps exist in various industries in Silicon Valley where companies and ecosystems outside of Silicon Valley can take the lead?
  • The Silicon Valley Exodus: Net migration has turned negative for the San Francisco Bay Area—where are the employees and companies going and why?
  • Latest Trends in Silicon Valley Venture Capital, including:
    • Industry predictions
    • Trends in cross-border VC
    • Growth of the VCaaS (Venture Capital as a Service) model and how European organizations can benefit
  • Silicon Valley as a Global Springboard: Tapping into Silicon Valley’s global resources to advance your startups internationally (a closer look at Europe, Asia, & Latin America)
  • Recreating Silicon Valley’s Secret Sauce in your local ecosystem: Best Practices for Teaching Pay It Forward Culture
  • The Link between Diversity & Innovation: Leveraging Silicon Valley’s Successes and Failures in Inclusive Ecosystem Building
  • Best practices in building borderless ecosystems to increase connectivity and lower the learning curve



November 4-November 7, 2019


Sean Randolph, Senior Director, Bay Area Council Economic Institute

Robert Strand, Berkeley-Haas, Executive Director, Center for Responsible Business

Marten Mickos, CEO, HackerOne (previously founder of MySQL)

Jay Song, Chief Technology Officer & Chief of Information Technology, California Highway Patrol

Bill Reichert, Venture Capitalist, Garage Technology Ventures & Pegasus Tech Ventures

Karmen Leung, Cofounder & Executive Committee Member, Women in Big Data; Global Sales Executive with IBM Analytics Data Warehouse and IBM Analytics Cloud

Akesami Newsome, Associate Director at Institute of European Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Jenny Chen, founder & CEO, 3DHeals; Neuroradiologist; Adjunct Clinical Faculty, Stanford Medical Center

Yan Chow, Global Healthcare Industry Lead, Automation Anywhere (previously innovation/medical director at Amgen and Kaiser Permanente)

Boris Pavlovic, Director, Executive Briefing Program at DocuSign
Charlotte Danielsson, Founding Attorney, Infiniti Law & CEO, Silicon Vikings

Tobias Johansson, Senior Director, Meltwater; Director, Shack15
Michelle Rodriguez, Invest Strategy Lead, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging, LinkedIn

Richard Dasher, Director, US-Asia Technology Management Center, Stanford University