The five best Entrepreneurial Talents of the past years have been nominated by Startup@HSG to Entrepreneurial Champions and have been invited to an exciting and unique trip to the Silicon Valley. However, before the journey could begin, the startup champions had to prepare some homework! Amongst others, investors had to be identified, the American market researched, and startup-specific preparations had to be made. Together with Swissnex San Francisco a week full of workshops, startup visits and exchange opportunities was organized. Of course, prestigious stopovers at Stanford or Berkeley were not missing from the schedule. The aim was to give the students an insight into the big world of Silicon Valley and a step closer to the international market. The magic of the place definitely passed over to the participants. A tour through the Facebook Campus was an unforgettable experience, followed by a visit at the successful Swiss startup Export Beekeeper. At the latest all participants were now infected by the spirit of the Silicon Valley. Besides all the fun, the participants did not forget their own Startup. During the whole week they were able to benefit from valuable insights and feedbacks from investors, entrepreneurs and peers, while working on their own company. Finally, a pitching workshop with Scotty Spurzem was held and the participants were allowed to hold their own pitch at the Swissnex Community. The pitch in front of the Silicon Valley ecosystem even triggered a financing offer for one of the startups. In summary, the week was a great success marked by fascinating and informative experiences!

In order to become part of the Entrepreneurial Champions Camp 2020 yourself, you can apply for the Entrepreneurial Talents until the 13thof October 2019. Startup@HSG together with the Dr. Werner Jackstädt Foundation will support you as a talent with a scholarship of CHF 4,000. We encourage and strengthen the young entrepreneurs through the Talents Program through coaching, contacts with investors and various funding programs, a start-up office in the start-up container and much more. On you can find all information about our Entrepreneurial Talent Program and with a bit of luck you will be part of the next Entrepreneurial Champions!