Startup Executive Academy 2021
September – November
Applications for the SEA21 are open now!APPLY NOW
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.
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
Open until August 20, 2021
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.
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.
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.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RECEIPT
You will receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your application by email. Please contact email@example.com if you have questions about the status of your application.
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.
For further information on the Startup Executive Academy, please contact Dr. Eva Weigt, the Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Eva Weigt
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.
CEO POMMINE AB,
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!
Co-Founder solbytech gmbh,
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.
CTO VIABIRDS Technologies GmbH,
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!
CCO & Co-Founder ImageBiopsy Lab GmbH,
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!
„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.“
„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.“
„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!“
London, United Kingdom