Startup Inspire Program – KTH

In partnership with the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, Silicon Valley Forum organized a 3 day long Startup Inspire Program in Palo Alto for startup founders. The participants received a practical and realistic overview of Silicon Valley’s best practices for building a sustainable company.

They learned about creating and articulating compelling value propositions, identifying the ideal customer, profiling who is most likely to buy the product and develop prospect lists that represent the ideal early adopters.

On the second day, the startups had an opportunity to present their work and receive feedback from the session leaders and fellow entrepreneurs. The startups then got a brief overview of how to leverage Silicon Valley and what it takes to go global. The morning will wrap up with the importance of SMART 30/60/90 day work plan and kick off the development of each company’s plan. Each startup had a confidential 45 -60 minute mentoring and assessment session with the session leaders to discuss company’ challenges and issues and dig deeper on growing the company sustainably.

Day 1

4:15-5:15pm – Entrepreneurial Mindset-what company can learn from the diverse culture of Silicon Valley


Day 2

9:30am – Value Proposition Development and Refinement

10:00am – Customer Profile Creation-Targeting the Best Prospects

10:30am – Customer Partner and Investor Target List creation

11:00am – Break

11:15am – 5 minute pitches by each company

11:45am – Work on assignments for afternoon and for Day 3

12:00pm – Lunch

1:00pm – Two 1:1 company assessments (one hour each)

3:00pm – Other programming

5:00pm – Day 2 concludes


Day 3

9:30am – Peer presentations, feedback and mentoring on value proposition, customer profile and target lists

11:00am – Break

11:15am – SMART 30/60/90 day work plan and milestones

12:15pm – Leveraging Silicon Valley to your best advantage

12:30pm – Go Global-How, Where and When plus assignments and wrap up

12:00pm – Lunch served concurrent with above sessions

1:30pm – 1:1 Sessions with 3 companies. Companies work on 30/60/90 day work plan and milestones

4:30pm – Other programming

5:30pm – Day 3 concludes


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About Silicon Valley Forum 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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