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 that is delivered by a world-class faculty from academia and business, led by Prof. Baba Shiv from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Since 2021, we run the SEA as a hybrid program incorporating both aspects of a face-to-face and an online SEA program.
Details about the SEA 2023 will be announced in early 2023.
The two stages of the SEA
The first stage is an intensive face-to-face program in Salzburg.
The second stage is an online program.
After successful participation in the SEA, participants are admitted to the SEA Circle, the network of the SEA alumni and faculty.
Here, they 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.
For further information on the Startup Executive Academy, please contact Dr. Eva Weigt, the Program Manager, at email@example.com
Dr. Eva Weigt
Testimonials from previous years
Here’s what our former SEA participants say about the program:
The Startup Executive Academy was a game changer for us. The program is extremely well designed, focusing on the important topics for early stage startups. It provided access to top academics and industry professionals through a combination of lectures, exercises, and 1-on-1 meetings. These are experts who we wouldn’t normally have access to and whose experience and knowledge is invaluable, particularly for an early stage startup like ours. SEA took us out of our own heads, provided constructive feedback, challenged our business assumptions/ideas and forced us to think more clearly and focus on our execution. Lastly, and possibly the most important aspect for us is the community of peers we met who continue to support us today.
CEO AymoLive d.o.o.,
The Startup Executive Academy was without any doubt the learning experience that had the most impact on the way I do business today. I can safely say that, thanks to what I learned there, I already managed to increase my startup revenues and already paid-off the investment.
What is special is that it mixes life-skills improvement subject with business-oriented and technical matters, all of it from world-class professors and professionals. This makes up for an all-round training that provisions founders and entrepreneurs with holistic sets of new skills and mindsets which really can make the difference in growing the startup and business.
Besides the know-how and theoretical concept I learned, what made the real difference for me was the inspirations, on a business and execution level, that I got from this experience, which is allowing me and my startup to refine and implement very audacious plans for the future.
I highly recommend SEA to any startup founder or executive wishing to maximize its impact potential.
CEO Volumio SRL,
The SEA is condensed start-up know-how in an attractive format.
What sets the academy apart from others is not only the very experienced faculty but also the amazing selection of participants. The group was packed with unique characters that combined great ideas, purpose, creativity and a big heart.
I gained a lot of relevant insights and look forward to continuing to work with the network.
CTO IDUN Technologies AG,
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 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 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!“
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