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SILICON CASTLES

We accelerate innovation.

Acceleration

Transforming ideas into IP & scaleable products. Leading growth from initial opportunities to global success. Mentoring and educating talents to become top-class performers.

Our Diamonds

Startups supported and developed by Silicon Castles through acceleration programs.

Startup Executive Academy

An international Go-to-Market program for startups to accelerate your business with hands-on sessions from pricing to investment taught by a world-class faculty.

ABOUT US

We are 
Technology Business Architects

Silicon Castles is a 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.

Our 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.).

Acceleration

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.

Our Diamonds

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!

Let’s do it!

Startup Executive Academy

The Startup Executive Academy (SEA) 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.

Starting in 2017, the SEA has taken place three times in Salzburg as an intense one-week program – on-site and face-to-face. In 2020, we were forced to re-invent the SEA due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So we transformed the SEA into a three-month online Go-to-market program with a mix of live online-sessions and the provision of prepared material (videos, presentations, readings).

This year, the SEA21 will be a two-stage hybrid model incorporating all aspects of the face-to-face and the online SEA program that have been proven to be most valuable.

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SESSIONS

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.

FACULTY

The program is led by Prof. Baba Shiv from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. The faculty body 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.

VALUE

During the lectures, the 1:1 Online 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.

SEA CIRCLE

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.

Diamond Labs

Silicon Castles‘ aim is to discover gifted talents in Salzburg and all around the world, 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 Labs are organized in collaboration with Cultural and Corporate Partners to find solutions to their specific business problems.

Our Team

Andreas Spechtler

Founder & CEO

Pascal Levensohn

Senior Strategic Advisor

Catherine Ogilvie

Senior Marketing Advisor

Laura Egger

Acceleration Manager

Eva Weigt

Acceleration Manager

Jasmin Hopf

Acceleration Manager

Anna Bruckermayr

Graphic Designer

David Kinsella

General Counsel

Dr. Petra Meyer

Senior Advisor for Strategic Team Development

Zeynep Demirbilek

President of the SEA CIRCLE
CEO of ServiceClub

Thomas Weiss

Senior Technology Advisor