Technology Business Architects
Silicon Castles is a Tech Company Builder and Strategic Business Accelerator for technology intellectual property (IP) licensing businesses.
What we do
We focus on European Diamonds: Technology startups with a unique business idea, scalable technology and outstanding intellectual property – the key to global success.
We invest in early-stage startups with a great team, a promising idea, and innovative technology – we like pain killers, not vitamins.
We help Diamonds to form a strong IP portfolio – protect ideas and file the right patents.
We support global business development with our own global sales team – identify the target market and get the first deal.
We assist with the creation of a legal framework for licensing businesses – from the NDA to the licensing agreement.
We coach Diamonds during their scale-up phase in various areas, such as marketing, strategic teaming and executive coaching.
We provide access to a global network in all major technology hotspots in Europe, the US and Asia – leverage the global Silicon Castles network.
Silicon Castles is operating a global network with access to hotspots in Europe (Berlin, Munich, Amsterdam, Barcelona, London, etc.), the United States (Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, Boston, New York etc.) and Asia (Tokyo, Beijing, Shenzhen, Hongkong, Seoul, Singapore, Mumbai etc.).
We accelerate startups by transforming ideas, leading growth, mentoring, and educating talents & teams.
Our Global Acceleration Program (GAP) encompasses all mission-critical elements to develop an idea into a solid investment proposal. Among others, this includes product definition, storytelling, brand-building, sales development, legal matters, and talent management.
Tell Your Story & Build Your Brand
Developing a clear marketing and brand strategy is as essential as the financial forecasts and product roadmaps and provides clarity, context and a powerful message.
By using basic building blocks such as a company mission, vision, and positioning statement and combining it with a strong company story, clarity and context are provided and a powerful message is created.
Complete Your Team
A compact analysis helps founders understand the management approaches from the organizational- and the people-perspective to find the right team members with the necessary skills and experiences. The focus lies on the individual implementation of organizational learning to steer sustainable growth, harvest success, retain key people, and attract new talents.
Close Successful Deals
Licensing agreements represent the bedrock of a successful startup but fail to realize their potential without the right structure and scheme in place.
Silicon Castles helps startups in deploying an international licensing scheme that is in accordance with accepted licensing practices and a strong negotiation strategy. This allows startups to fine-tune their engine, gather momentum, and secure successive deals.
Sell Globally Through Our Network
A network including major technology players can be the key to successful sales for startups. Silicon Castles offers access to its global network in the US and Asian markets and immediately introduces its startups to relevant partners and customers. We support startups in building a skilled sales team to land the first big deal, which is crucial to find investors. Our strategic relationships include investment Silicon Valley VC firms, family offices, and corporate venture organizations worldwide.
Selected Silicon Castles Diamonds
Diamonds are technology startups with a unique business idea, scalable technology and outstanding IP.
Their products are not incremental innovations but represent real stand-alone solutions that solve problems and create value worldwide.
Diamonds are global players.
We’re searching for Diamond Talents!
You’ve always wanted to be a part of an exciting startup?
Tell us more about yourself, get admitted into our Diamond Talent pool, and join one of our teams as a co-founder or employee!
Startup Executive Academy
The Startup Executive Academy (SEA), founded in 2017, is an international Go-to-Market program for early-stage (seed, A or B phase) technology startup executives and founders. The program aims to enable startups to accelerate their business by providing highly relevant and practical input. The program is delivered by a world-class faculty from academia and business and led by Prof. Baba Shiv from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
The SEA is run as a hybrid program incorporating aspects of both a face-to-face and an online program.
The highly practical, hands-on Go-to-Market sessions cover topics such as business model & strategy, value proposition, story telling, pricing, negotiation, sales and investment. Alongside the sessions, the participants work on their startup’s challenges by completing e.g. the BMC, the Sales Canvas and the Investment Memorandum Canvas.
The program is led by Prof. Baba Shiv from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. The faculty includes executives and former leaders of global companies like Dolby, Sony, PWC, McKinsey, Napster, and Deutsche Telekom. Participants have the opportunity to meet experts from different fields in 1:1 meetings to discuss the current challenges of their startups.
During the lectures, the 1:1 sessions with faculty members and the regular exchanges with their peers, the participants develop ideas, gather knowledge, and collect feedback. They can immediately use this input to accelerate their business and take their company to the next level.
The SEA CIRCLE is the alumni network of former SEA participants and enables continuous learning through regular SEA CIRCLE Sessions. In these sessions, participants get input from the SEA faculty on currently important startup topics, they can share their experiences on success and failure and receive advice from peers.
Silicon Castles‘ aim is to discover gifted talents in Europe, lead them and their ideas to global success, and turn them into true Diamonds.
To identify and shape the ideas of people from different disciplines, experiences, ages, and cultures, Silicon Castles believes in the methods of Design Thinking – guided workshops, led by experts, and focused on developing new ideas in the field of new technologies.
Diamond Lab Split
Together with the Faculty of Economics, Business and Tourism of the University of Split, the Student Business Incubator Split and Split Tech City, Silicon Castles organizes a Diamond Lab in Split taking place on May 12-13, 2023.
Innovators, creative individuals, inventors, entrepreneurs, researchers and students shall come together in teams for two days to develop new ideas, applications, and solutions for technology in specific focus areas.
Goal: To develop innovative business ideas and lay the foundation for motivated and competent startup teams that can turn these ideas into real business opportunities.
Focus areas: Culture & Tourism / AR, VR, XR – Metaverse & Web3 / GreenTech
The winning team will win a 5-hour workshop and will be admitted to participate in Silicon Castles‘ Startup Executive Academy 2023.
The second and third place will also win workshops with the Silicon Castles team to further develop their ideas.
WHO CAN APPLY?
Applications for the Diamond Lab Split are open.
The admission is free of charge. Meals and drinks will be provided.
Deadline for application: 28 April 2023
Researchers, Students & Talents
Individuals who are passionate about innovation, highly interested in the specific focus areas and want to contribute with their unique skills to one of the teams.
Innovators, Entrepreneurs & Creatives
Innovators, entrepreneurs and creatives with initial ideas who are looking to find team members and a creative environment to draft the first prototype and initial go-to-market strategy of their idea.
Founder & CEO
Senior Strategic Advisor
Senior Marketing Advisor
Dr. Eva Weigt
Dr. Petra Meyer
Senior Advisor for Strategic Team Development
President of the SEA CIRCLE
CEO of ServiceClub
Senior Technology Advisor
Senior Strategic Advisor
for Global Growth
Silicon Castles believes in the innovation power of regions around smaller cities. Often, such regions are the home of very innovative companies and are seen as hidden technology champions.
The first castles of Silicon Castles are based in the town of Puch, south of Salzburg and in Split, Croatia. More castles are to come in the future.
Salzburg, Austria Salzburg is a unique European region with an attractive high-tech ecosystem. Salzburg developed its business culture centuries ago through its flourishing salt, gold and silver mines that was then traded across the Alps. The city is known all over the world being for being Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s birthplace, the setting of Sound of Music, home to the world famous Salzburg Festival for classical music as well as the Karajan Institute.
Today, the Salzburg region has developed into an internationally known hub for both for global players like Red Bull, Porsche, Spar Austria Group, Sony DADC, Skidata, Palfinger, KTM, Atomic, Kaindl, Kiska, Sirona, Vale, RealNetworks, Carbo Tech as well as unique start-ups like Authentic Vision, Findologic and NativeWaves. Salzburg’s educational and research infrastructure is impressive for a city with a population of some 150.000 people as it is home to five universities and two research organizations.
Split has become the center of the startup scene in Dalmatia with a developed entrepreneurial and technological ecosystem. In the last few years, the technology startup scene in Split has gotten stronger in every segment: excellent coworking spaces are opened, top-class conferences are organized, and there are also regular meetups. Every month something happens, which proves to us that the community is more and more active. The University of Split consists of 11 faculties, one art academy and four university departments. Students can choose from more than 180 study programs in all fields of science and art.
All these factors and the high quality of life in both Salzburg and Split attract many entrepreneurs and are the reason for the constant growth in the number of startups in these regions. Silicon Castles supports these innovation ecosystems and engages with high-potential startups to help them accelerate to global success.