FICCI Startup Immersion Program

On May 3rd, 2018, we had the honour of partnering with The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) at Silicon Valley Forum where we hosted over 20 executives, start-ups and government representatives from India. FICCI is one of the largest and oldest business organizations in India and they were excited to see the best that Silicon Valley had to offer. The goal of this program was to provide an education on Silicon Valley resources, train business leaders to understand Silicon Valley culture and gain perspective on best practices for approaching Silicon Valley VCs for investment opportunities.

As the delegation arrived at the SVG Innovation Center in downtown San Jose, they were welcomed by our CEO, Denyse Cardozo. This was followed by Mr. John Stanton, General Partner at SVG Ventures, who spent time mentoring the delegation about the Silicon Valley investor mindset and how to pitch to VCs. The startups then pitched to Vinod Joseph, Senior Director at Samsung Research America and Aaron McDaniel, a lecturer at Berkeley-Haas, both of whom have worked with hundreds of startups and entrepreneurs on their business models, marketing strategy, operations, and growth.

Following the pitch session, the delegation then had lunch with Rashmi Gopinath, Partner at Microsoft Ventures. She leads Microsoft’s India investment strategy and was excited to teach FICCI about Microsoft’s investment thesis and interest in the AI and Fintech verticals. Manju Bansal, VP at SAP, ended the day with an informative talk on SAP’s innovation model and how new startups can utilize SAP’s current platforms and offerings followed by a Q&A session.

See below for more info about the agenda for the day:

10:00 am – 10:30 am
Welcoming Remarks & Introductions

Speaker: Denyse Cardozo, CEO at Silicon Valley Forum

10:30 am – 11:30 am
How to Pitch to a Silicon Valley VC “Silicon Valley Investor Mindset”
Speaker: John Stanton, General Partner at SVG Ventures

11:30 am – 12:30 pm 
Walk the Plank-Initial Pitches 
Speakers: Aaron McDaniel, Lecturer at Berkeley-Haas and Vinod Joseph, Senior Director at Samsung Research America

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Microsoft Ventures’ Investment Thesis in India’s Startup Ecosystem
Speaker: Rashmi Gopinath, Partner at Microsoft Ventures

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm 
Business Model Innovation, Value Proposition and Silicon Valley Business Culture
Aaron McDaniel, Lecturer at Berkeley-Haas

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm
The Secret Sauce of Silicon Valley and the Entrepreneurial Mindset – Talk and Q&A 

Speaker: Manju Bansal, VP at SAP Startup Focus


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About Silicon Valley Forum’s Immersion Programs

Silicon Valley Forum creates unique, high-quality Silicon Valley immersion programs, startup workshops, business luncheons, pitch nights, demo days, and more for corporates, accelerators, government and universities worldwide. Each program can be tailored to your delegation’s specific needs. Find past Silicon Valley immersion programs here and download our program brochures to learn more about what we can do for you!

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