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Academy

Startup Executive Academy 2021
September – November

Applications for the SEA21 are open now!

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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 that is delivered by a world-class faculty from academia and business, 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, however, 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 hybrid model and will incorporate all aspects of the face-to-face and the online SEA program that have been proven to be most valuable. The SEA21 will happen in two stages.

The two stages of the SEA21

The first stage will be an intensive 3-day face-to-face program in Salzburg.
The second stage will be a 5-block online program.

Stage I:
SEA21 face-to-face program
Castle of Urstein near Salzburg

Thursday, September 9 to Sunday, September 12, 2021

In Stage 1, you will experience three intense days full of relevant and highly practical contents with our faculty. You will also meet the SEA Circle, the alumni network of the SEA with more than 50 former SEA participants.

The face-to-face program includes intensive courses on Business Model and Strategy, Story Telling, Value Proposition, Pricing and Investment. Also, there will be one-on-one sessions with our world-class faculty.

In the evenings, you will have time to get to know each other better and to get in exchange with the faculty, the SEA Circle and to meet our local partners including representatives from the University of Applied Sciences Salzburg, the Salzburger Festspiele and the Innovation Service for Salzburg (ITG). The program also includes an evening event in the city of Salzburg and a guided tour through the historic city on Sunday, September 12.

Stage II:
SEA21 5-block live online program,
Online

Thursday, September 23 to Friday, November 19, 2021

In Stage 2, there will be bi-weekly online live sessions on additional, highly relevant topics. The contents of the online sessions include Leadership, Team Building, Sales and Sales Management, IP Creation and IP Protection, Product Management and Deal Closing.

The online live lectures held by our faculty take place every second Friday starting on September 24. You will have access to prepared material (videos, presentations with voice overs, supplementary readings) in advance.

Every second Thursday (in the evening before the live session), you will meet for group works supported by an experienced mentor. Here, you will prepare and discuss the working material and have the opportunity to ask questions.

SEA CIRCLE

After successful participation in the SEA21 you will be admitted to the SEA Circle, the network of the SEA alumni and faculty.
Here, you can benefit from the global network of the SEA Circle and regular (online) events, the SEA Circle Sessions.
In these sessions, SEA Circle members get input from the SEA faculty on currently important startup topics, they can share their experiences on success and failure and receive advice from their peers.

Application & Terms

APPLICATION

Open until August 20, 2021

TUITION FEE

5,500 € (excl. VAT) for 1 participant
8,000 € (excl. VAT) for 2 participants (of the same startup)
10,000 € (excl. VAT) for 3 participants (of the same startup)

The fee includes participation in the 3-day face-to-face program in the Castle of Urstein (including accommodation at the Campus of Urstein and meals and drinks during the program in the Castle) as well as in the 5-block online live program. Please note that the fee does not include travel costs and that you are liable for any potential travel restrictions. 

Please note that taking part in the face-to-face program will only be possible with a proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result not older than 48 hours at the time of arrival in Salzburg.
The same restrictions hold for the involved Silicon Castles personnel.
Please note that these COVID-19 protection measures may change due to government regulations. 

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CANCELLATION POLICY

We understand that startup executives occasionally have changes in plans or schedules that will result in their inability to attend the program as planned. If you wish to cancel and recieve a full refund, you must submit your request in writing no later than July 15, 2021.
Cancellation requests are valid only upon receipt of an acknowledgement email from Silicon Castles confirming the receipt of your request. After July 15, 2021, cancellations are not accepted.

In case that we cannot run the face-to-face program at the Castle due to, for example current COVID-19 restrictions, this part of the program will be adjusted and switched to an online format.

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YOUR APPLICATION

Please use the application form to apply. You will need to provide personal information, details about your startup, and why you would like to participate. Please complete all sections, otherwise your application cannot be properly reviewed.

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RECEIPT

You will receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your application by email. Please contact academy@siliconcastles.com if you have questions about the status of your application.

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NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE

Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. You will hear back no later than two weeks after submitting your application. We understand you need to know your admission status and try our best to balance that with our admission process. With the final acceptance you will receive further instructions and details. Important: No full payment necessary before you have been accepted.

Questions?

For further information on the Startup Executive Academy, please contact Dr. Eva Weigt, the Program Manager, at academy@siliconcastles.com

Dr. Eva Weigt

Program Manager

Faculty

Dr. Baba Shiv

Lead Professor
Stanford Graduate School of Business

Baba Shiv is the Sanwa Bank, Ltd., Professor of Marketing, Co-Director of the Strategic Marketing Management Executive Program and Director of the Innovative Technology Leader Executive Program at the Stanford GSB. He has done extensive work on the emotional brain, documenting its powerful role in shaping decisions and experiences. His work includes the application of neuroeconomics to the study and practice of innovation and entrepreneurial leadership. His work has been featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, CNN, Economic Times, Fox Business, Financial Times, The New York Times or Wall Street Journal (a.o.). Baba Shiv teaches executives at Stanford about strategy, entrepreneurial leadership, decision-making, and customer-focused innovation.

Andreas Spechtler

Founder Startup Executive Academy
Founder & CEO Silicon Castles

Andreas has more than 25 years of experience in the global technology and licensing business, digital entertainment, international marketing, sales and operations in Europe, the US, Russia, the Middle East, and Africa. Andreas worked for American, German and Japanese companies and looks back on many years of startup and incubation experience inside and outside of corporations. Andreas served as an executive in global technology companies such as Sony, Nemetschek, Real Networks and Dolby. Previously, Andreas was the President of Dolby Laboratories International. In the year 2017, Andreas left the corporate world and is now fully dedicated to helping startups to grow and startup executives to become world-class performers.

Pascal Levensohn

Senior Strategic Advisor at Silicon Castles
Founder & Managing Partner Levensohn Venture Partners
Senior Managing Director Dolby Family Ventures

Pascal is the Founder of Levensohn Venture Partners and Senior Managing Director of Dolby Family Ventures. He has over 25 years of venture capital experience and has invested in over 100 startups since 1996. He has 37 years of experience as a professional investor and has been a public and private company director since 1993. He currently serves as a Director of startups in three continents and is based in San Francisco. Pascal is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a partner and Senior Strategic Advisor to Silicon Castles.

Jeff Burton 

CEO Woodside Creek Ventures

Jeff Burton co-founded Electronic Arts and today he is known as a serial American startup entrepreneur with a passion for European innovation and startups. Jeff is board member of several European startups, co-founder of HolodeckVR in Munich, and a major advisor to BitDegree and other technology companies. He is also a Partner/Associate at the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies. In addition to being Head of Global Programs for Startup Division by Civittá in Vilnius, Lithuania, he recently became a member of the Board of Advisors for Startup Europe under the European Commission in Brussels. 

Catherine Ogilvie

Senior Marketing Advisor at Silicon Castles
CEO Ogilvie Brand Boot Camp

Catherine Ogilvie has been in global marketing and communications for over 30 years. She worked with blue chip businesses around the world and lived both in Europa and the US. Her roles have included senior international management positions with Harrods, Motorola, Napster, Edelman, Almond Board of California and Dolby. Most recently she has held leadership positions within higher education at the University of Leicester. She has highly valuable experience in building and mentoring teams, developing corporate/brand narratives and effective marketing strategy in a range of industry sectors from start-ups to multi nationals. Currently a member of Authentic Vision’s European Advisory Board and she works with C-suite executives on crisis, marketing and communications strategy.

Maciej Kraus

Partner at Movens Capital

Maciej Kraus is an experienced strategy executive with broad operational background. As former head of sales strategy and revenue optimization at PWC, he is specialized in pricing and sales excellence in B2B, B2C and retail markets. He advised companies in various markets (Poland, USA, Ruddia, China, France, Germany) and worked both for leading multinationals (RWE, Siemens, Daimler, MW, Johnson&Johnson, Mondi) as well as MSEs. Furthermore, he possesses vast hands-on experience responsible for marketing and product management at Nestle. Beside that Maciej Kraus is author of numerous publications and a regular speaker at conferences. Spreading his knowledge as lecturer at the University of Warsaw, Faculty of Management, LBS, Stanford and Harvard, he is also active as a sales coach and trainer.

William Alexander

Global Practice Leader for Technology Media Telecom at Spencer Stuart

William Alexander leads the Global Practice for Technology, Media & Telecommunications at Spencer Stuart and is a member of the Board and CEO practices. He specializes in the appointments of senior executives and non-executive directors within the converging arenas of technology, communications and media. William leads searches for both listed and private equity-held corporate clients and works on many of the critical leadership transitions. Before joining Spencer Stuart, William helped establish and led MetaPack, a private equity-backed software company, from startup to sustainable profitability. Prior to this, he was working in management functions at IBM, Broadsystem and Bain & Company. 

Dr. Petra Meyer

Senior Talent Advisor at Silicon Castles
Professor at the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences

Petra is a Senior Lecturer at the Salzburg University for Applied Sciences for emotional intelligence, culture and team development. Over many years she gained experience working with corporations like IKEA, Barracuda or Bachmann Electronic. Petra acts as training facilitator and coach to drive organizations to the next level. She is also a SixSeconds Network Leader. Petra earnt her master’s degree in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, and her Ph.D. in Management and Marketing at the University of Wollongong, Australia.

Tarif Sayed

Chief Commercial Officer at Mimi Hearing Technologies

Tarif Sayed is a recognized thought leader and senior executive in the media, technology, and digital content space. He is the CCO at Mimi Hearing Technologies, a Silicon Castles Diamond startup and a leading innovator in hearing health and hearing based sound augmentation and optimization. Before joining Mimi, he worked as an executive at Holo Media, a consulting firm focusing on digital media, audio, AR and VR and at Nokia’s AR/VR Technologies Business unit. Before that, Tarif spent five years at Dolby Labs as the Senior Director of Broadcast Services and as a Regional Director. Prior to this, he had worked as digital media advisor, operations manager and content producer for Al Jazeera, BBC, CNN, NHK, ZDF, and other global media brands.

Dr. Gerhard Blechinger

Rector at the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences

Dr. Gerhard Blechinger is the Rector of the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences. Before that he was Head of the Degree Programme MultiMediaArt at the university. He also served as Vice-Rector for Research and Development and Head of the Institute for Design and Technology at the Zurich University of the Arts. Gerhard Blechinger was Vice-President of the consortium of German Universities for the foundation of the Korean-German Institute of Technology Seoul. Before, he was Vice-Director of the Media Museum and Head of the Medialab at the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe.

Antje Hundhausen

VP Brand Experience Deutsche Telekom

Antje Hundhausen is VP for Brand Experience at Deutsche Telekom and looks back on 20 years in executive positions in IT/Telecommunications and Tourism. The business administration graduate and music and art expert is in charge of Deutsche Telekom’s brand unit, 3D Brand Experience. In this capacity, she is responsible for brand communication spaces. Together with her team she develops and implements concepts for international corporate trade fairs, enables culture mindshift through Future Workplaces and creates and implements overall Retail Design for the company. Antje is founder of digital open labs such as Fashion Fusion and Digital Art and is responsible for the Deutsche Telekom Group’s art collection.

Dr. Robert Niemann

CEO at NIEMANN GmbH
Lecture at the University of  St.Gallen

Dr. Niemann has many years of expertise in international sports and entertainment. Starting his career in entertainment at the Kirch Group, in the programme management of the TV channel ProSieben and as Vice President Sales at Fremantle Media (RTL Group), he became General Manager at SONY Pictures Television International. In 2008 he continued his career in football as CEO of DFL Sports Enterprises GmbH in Frankfurt and has been a consultant for FIFA in Zurich since 2014. In the investment industry, Dr. Niemann has extensive experience in financing and structuring international projects and evaluating investments. He is invested in various companies and projects.

Robert Ashcroft

Principal at Hudson Morris Associates

Robert Ashcroft is Principal at Hudson Morris Associates. Prior, he served as CEO at PRS for Music, the UK’s leading music copyright collecting society representing over 130.000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. Before that, Robert worked for a number of international companies, including eight years on the management boards of Sony Electronics in the US and Sony Europe. There he launched their e-commerce business, SonyStyle.com, and ran the iconic Walkman business, before launching a number of pan-European Internet services, including the world’s first subscription music service to stream over both mobile and fixed-line networks in 2004. He is also a co-founder and chair of music neuro-biology company, X-System Ltd.

Dr. Katja Hutter

Vice Rector for Digitalization and Innovation at the University of Salzburg

Dr. Katja Hutter is a Marketing & Innovation profsessor at the University of Salzburg and also teaches Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the University of Innsbruck. Katja is a visiting fellow at the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard University and senior research associate at HYVE. Her research examines the transformation of innovation processes to the edges of organizations into innovation labs, collaboration with startups or communities. She investigates incentive schemes and consumer interaction behavior facilitated by new technologies to generate insights for new products, services, or business models that revolve around customers and their needs. 

Chris Deering

Supervisory Board Member at European Games Group

Chris Deering serves as a Supervisory Board Member at the European Games Group and is best known for his longterm role as CEO of PlayStation Europe from the launch in 1995 through its first decade, during which he also headed Sony’s Electronics Division in Europe as CEO for 2 years before moving into new tech/entertainment ventures. Chris has over 30 years experience in managing International film, TV, games and consumer brand businesses. He also worked with McKinsey and received a Bafta Fellowship for his contributions to the Computer Gaming Industry in 2013.

Lukas Crepaz

Commercial Director Salzburg Festival

Lukas Crepaz is the Commercial Director of the Salzburg Festival, a global leading festival of music and drama established in 1920 and located in the heart of Salzburg. Before that he was the Managing Director of the Kultur Ruhr GmbH in Germany responsible for four festival and events: Ruhrtriennale – Festival der Künste, Urbane Künste Ruhr, ChorWerk Ruhr und Tanzlandschaft Ruhr. Mr. Crepaz also was commercially responsible for the RUHR2010, Kulturhauptstadt Europas. He started his career in Austria at the Easter Festival in Tirol. He is interested in new technologies and gained experience in successfully running culture businesses.

Dr. Barbara Scharrer

Attorney-at-Law Of Counsel at GSK Stockmann

Barbara Scharrer has been in Asian Outbound/Inbound business for more than 20 years in various functions. She acts as an attorney-at-law and trusted advisor assisting European companies to start, to enlarge or to restructure their investments in Asia, especially in China & India. As former CEO and Head Group Asia/Pacific of an international multidisciplinary service firm she was responsible for setting up and managing 12 offices across Asia/Pacific. She is also member of several (Supervisory) Boards particularly of Chinese subsidiaries of European companies. Barbara also teaches International Management at several German univeristies.  As Of Counsel of the law firm GSK Stockmann Barbara also advises Asian investors regarding EU-inbound investments.

James Perkins

Program Director for Startup Executive Academy
Associate Director for Executive Education Programs at Stanford Graduate School of Business

James Perkins is the Associate Director of Executive Education Programs at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Prior to this role, he led Alumni Clubs and Global Outreach for Columbia Business School in New York. He started his career in non-academic fields, working in strategic positions at HBO, Pepsi Cola, and MGM Motion Pictures. He holds a Bachelor of Science in the field of Business Administration from the University of San Diego. James supports Silicon Castles as the Program Director for the Startup Executive Academy program.

Christian Dreyer

CEO Dreyer Ventures

Christian Dreyer is well-known as an entrepreneur, investor, and former CEO. After working as a consultant for McKinsey, he acquired Hansen Sicherheitstechnik, a specialist mining equipment manufacturer in Germany. He grew the company internationally over 18 years (Eastern Europe, Russia, China, South Africa) and IPOed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in 2006. Christian also served as CEO of SkiData AG. Since 2005, he acts as an active investor engineering, life science and media companies such as MS Industrie AG, Beno, logistics software company BNS, Novogenia, Europe’s biggest genetic analysis lab and a digital media publishing house “Vox Populi”.

Selma Brenner

Yoga Teacher

Selma is a natural teacher with more than 20 years of experience and an extensive background of different schools of yoga. Her primary teachers include the late BKS Iyengar, the Iyengar Yoga Institute in Amsterdam as well as Orit Sen Gupta.
With her own faculty Yoga Place Salzburg, Selma offers teacher trainings in yoga, yoga therapy, meditation and Ayurveda. She also teaches regular classes as well as yoga retreats.
For the past 10 years Selma has honed her approach by studying Svastha yoga therapy, Yin Yoga as well as modern medicine and stress management. This has enabled Selma to offer a transformative practice which blends the timeless wisdom of yoga philosophy with evidence-based information. Her classes generally are powerfully physical and internally focused with the goal to help participants grow and evolve.

Mahesh Sundaram

CCO Authentic Vision

Mahesh Sundaram is the Chief Commercial Officer at Authentic Vision and served as a sales and marketing executive in the mobility and consumer electronics market for over 20 years. Prior to joining Authentic Vision, he was the VP for Global Sales and Customer Support at Immersion Inc. and Regional VP for Asia Pacific at Dolby Labs, where he developed business strategies, as well as sales, marketing and customer support functions. Mahesh also served in business management and marketing roles at Dolby Labs and Audistry, Australia. Before that, he worked at Intel bringing new products and technologies to market in the Asia Pacific region.

David Kinsella

General Counsel Silicon Castles
CEO djk legal

With over 17 years of experience as a legal practitioner both in private practice and in-house in technology, media, and entertainment, David has worked for Taylor Wessing, Siemens, Fujitsu, Sony and most recently held the position of Senior Director, IP Transactions & Legal Affairs at Dolby in London. He is qualified as a lawyer in multiple jurisdictions (England & Wales, Ireland, New York, and California) in addition to his registration as a European lawyer with the Munich Bar Association, Germany. David also holds an MBA, acts as General Counsel for Silicon Castles and affiliated companies and retains his own legal practice for independent legal consultancy.

Dr. Matthias Röder

Managing Director Karajan Institute

Dr. Matthias Röder is the Managing Director of the Karajan Institute and as such responsible for the overall strategy and worldwide business development of the KARAJAN® brand and its associated products. Röder joined the Karajan Institute in 2011 from Harvard University, where he was a member of the music faculty and received a PhD in musicology in 2010. Prior to, Matthias studied music at the renowned Mozarteum University in Salzburg. This year Matthias very successfully hosted the first Karajan Music Technology Conference that gained global reach in the classial music industry.

Walter Haas

CEO ITG – Innovation Service for Salzburg

Walter Haas is Managing Director of the ITG Innovation and Technology Transfer Agency of the Austrian Federal Province of Salzburg (Land Salzburg). ITG coordinates and implements technology- and innovation-related policies of the provincial government through SME support, Cluster Networks and knowledge/technology transfer into SMEs. Walter has over 17 years of experience in regional and business location development, coaching companies, institutions and regions in their implementation of innovative projects and research. ITG’s coaching initiative Startup Salzburg, develops a regional startup-ecosystem. Prior, he was the regional manager for the European region Salzburg-Berchtesgadener Land-Traunstein and supported the cross border co-operation between Bavaria and Salzburg.

Dr. Balthasar Schramm

Co-Founder & Head of Advisory Board at Responsive Acoustics

Dr. Balthasar Schramm is a serial entrepreneur and well-known business angel. He is Head of the Advisory Board of Responsive Acoustics. For decades he has been acting in the field of strategic business development. He started his career at Bertelsmann as a lawyer and later founded his own law firm and became known as a strategic IPO adviser for the Frankfurt New Market. He then served as President of Sony Music Entertainment GSA and later founded the Nawaro BioEnergie AG, Europe‘s market leader for industrial bio gas production. Today he supports entrepreneurs and startups in Europe with an focus on business development and financing. 

Jay Kim

Managing Director at The PF Consulting

Jay Kim is the Managing Director at The PF Consulting and supporting US and European tech companies to expand their footprint into the Asian market including Korea and Japan. All along his career, he served as a sales and marketing executive in the mobile, consumer electronics and digital entertainment for over 20 years. Prior to establishing The PF Consulting, he was the Country Manager of Korea at Dolby Labs, where he developed business strategies, sales and marketing and customer support functions. Jay also served as VP of APAC business managing business operations of RealNetworks and WiderThan. Before that he set up two companies, Music & Film and Voceweb, operating record label and speech recognition platform respectively. He worked as a senior engineer and technology analyst in LG Electronics and LG Semicon until 1998.

Pravin Kumar

Co-founder and CPO at In.Live

Pravin is a product innovation leader with a blend of strategy, product management, and technical competence. He is co-founder of and Chief Product Officer at In.Live, a company that enables production teams to design, execute, distribute and monetize live stream events. He has worked across a broad set of domains, including Entertainment, HR, AdTech, CRM, Supply Chain. He also led teams in large companies like Microsoft, SAP, TriNet and Yahoo as well as startups. He has successfully managed large complex products with multiple product lines that grew to over a $1.5B. He has been in the business of developing and delivering enterprise software systems for over 25 years. He advises and invests in early-stage startups, and he speaks and writes about product management.

Testimonials from previous years

Here’s what our former SEA participants say about the program:

The Startup Executive Academy was a unique and intense experience
where top executives, professors and investors shared years worth of learning into a short period of time. It gave me and my business the know-how I needed to reach our next key milestones. I really enjoyed the balance between the more academic lessons and the learning-by-doing with the weekly homework. I’m also very thankful for the one-on-one office hours sessions where I could exchange and get support for my startup trajectory and current challenges.
I can highly recommend the Startup Executive Academy to all startup leaders who look into accelerating their learnings, and building a powerful international network.

Elodie Swanberg

CEO POMMINE AB,
Sweden
SEA20 Online

The Startup Executive Academy 2020 was very well organised and structured in the online format despite the challenging COVID situation. Qualified lecturers from business and academia made the 4 weeks very informative, inspiring and at the same time a great added value for our future development. Questions about current challenges and problems that one has to face are discussed in open space among the participating start-ups and the individual sessions and answered in a solution-oriented way. The SEA thrives on the exchange between the international participants as well as the international experts. As a graduate, the Startup Executive Academy 2020 was a real success for me personally and for our startup. Recommendable!

Gerald Eder

Co-Founder solbytech  gmbh,
Austria
SEA20 Online

The SEA drips with highly distilled entrepreneurial spirit,
guiding young startups through the most crucial topics of their journey, with the knowledge and wisdom of experts of their respective domains. Startups gain first-class access to market wisdom and are able to connect with fellow startups. Knowledge sharing is deeply ingrained into the program. The lessons are outstanding and the knowledge and insights you get to avoid common problems are priceless.

Martin Macheiner

CTO VIABIRDS Technologies GmbH,
Austria
SEA20 Online

The SEA20 was perhaps one of the most challenging programs I had the pleasure to experience so far in the startup world.
The tightly packed and very interactive schedule combined with top-class faculty offered me and my company the possibility to not just question everything, but also to work on actionable solutions during the one on one sessions. Having access to world-class leaders on such a personal level is unique. Everybody wants a network like this one. Proud to be part of it!

Philip Meier

CCO & Co-Founder ImageBiopsy Lab GmbH,
Austria
SEA20 Online

The SEA was an intense but incredibly encouraging experience. Insights from top executives, investors and professors have proven to be a real catalyst for the development of my business and myself. Working on your business model is, in theory, not hard, but in practice slight nuances in your decision-making can have a huge impact in sharpening your product vision, reaching your target group, telling your products‘ story and cutting the deals in sales. Getting a better understanding of these nuances through inspiring talks, intense discussions and insights with the vastly experienced faculty and my international peers made me humble and thankful. It’s great to be part of this family!

Thomas Layer-Wagner

CEO Polycular
Salzburg, Austria
SEA19

„I’ve never participated in a program where top executives of corporations, Silicon Valley VCs and Stanford professors get together to share not only their knowledge and expertise with us but also insights that are hard to access from the outside. I hold an MBA in Strategic Management but the SEA provides a totally different, tailor-made experience.
The fantastic international peers turn into your friends, mentors, advisors, and supporters. I recommend the SEA to startup leaders who seek to move to another level, gain practical knowledge and build a powerful network.“

Elena Shkarubo

CEO MeetnGreetMe
Minsk, Belarus
SEA18

„I was blown away by Prof. Baba Shiv and the intensity of the Startup Executive Academy program. I have received so much new input that changed my mind and helped me to gain a different view on many aspects of my company. Our group of participants was really international and this gave me very interesting insights on how to grow globally. After the Academy, I was invited to give a lecture for a Stanford executive program which was the first step to expand my business in the US. I can highly recommend the Startup Executive Academy.“

Ralph Hünermann

CEO Odoscope
Cologne, Germany 
SEA18

„The Startup Executive Academy was very good, both the lectures as well as the curriculum. I already attended at similar programs of top US business schools and would like to congratulate for this great curriculum and very competent faculty. I was able to learn again and can recommend this Startup Executive Academy in Europe!“

Nuno Job

CEO YLD
London, United Kingdom
SEA18

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