Connecting the world to Silicon Valley - since 1983.

We connect people and organizations to the knowledge, networks, and companies in Silicon Valley. We leverage our 37 years of experience and our proven impact on a global scale – as well as our vast network in local ecosystem, to provide resources for both U.S. and global entrepreneurs, innovators, and business leaders to help build and scale your company and innovation.

Our customized programs for entrepreneurs, corporate executives, university students, and strategic partnerships with top Silicon Valley technology companies provide the necessary tools to drive impact and thrive in today’s fast-paced digital economy.


Our Silicon Valley Team

Connect with us! Our team is here to support your startup success, and connect people and organizations to the Silicon Valley ecosystem

Denyse Cardozo

Denyse Cardozo Executive Director

Denyse drives the vision, goals, and strategy, overseeing more than 70 programs & events per year supporting and educating the global technology and startup community. Denyse’s vision for the organization is one of continued growth into international markets, leadership, and innovation. Under her direction, Silicon Valley Forum has seen substantial growth in their community engagement, and is fast becoming the leading source of knowledge and connections for entrepreneurs, both in the Bay Area and in international hubs around the world. In 2015, she launched our Women in Tech Festival. Within the scope of the Festival and beyond, Denyse strives to support, promote, and encourage women’s achievements in STEM and business careers. In her spare time, you’ll find her at the beach with her beloved rescue dog, Quincy.

Amanda Llerena

Amanda Llerena Digital Marketing & Special Projects Manager

Amanda manages the digital marketing strategy and implementation. As the "voice" of Silicon Valley Forum, she leads our marketing efforts and helps plan and implement our social media strategy for our 40+ yearly events and initiatives. She manages our Startupedia initiative, creating content, including interviews with Silicon Valley thought leaders and oversees special projects to engage our global startup community. Amanda played softball for 14 years and was pitcher of the year twice in college, and in her free time you can catch her planning her next adventure to a national park!

Nick Sramek

Nick Sramek Director of International Relations

Nick focuses on building and cultivating valuable and sustainable partnerships with international organizations that are looking to strengthen their ties to the Silicon Valley ecosystem. He oversees a key area of the business that’s slated to drive future growth, focusing on expansion into global markets. He’s worked with founders, corporates, and government officials in over 30 markets – leading programs, mentoring founders, and advising government entities on ecosystem building. In his spare time, you can find him somewhere enjoying the great outdoors.

Our International Team

Our Global Ambassadors are leaders of change and help grow and support our international work around the world

Board of Advisors

Mentors and Champions

Our Expert Advisors

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