What is the Silicon Valley Academy?

The modern business world is seeing the highest levels of unprecedented disruption to date. Innovation is now one of the most important features to thrive within this ever-evolving environment. Silicon Valley Academy summer school introduces you to the unique mindset and tech scene of one of the most innovative places on earth. Enter the world of innovative business practices, see how they function in real life and learn about hot trends and technology from the world's best companies! Our collaborations with key players in the Valley’s remarkable ecosystems allows our participants to learn first hand from the experts who create it every day.

  • History of the valley from its pioneers

    During the program we'll host a lot of guest speakers and mentors, who helped build the Valley as it is today. You'll also get a glimpse of what Valley will become in the future.
  • One day trip to San Francisco

    You are going to experience the vibe of San Francisco and the breathtaking views from the Golden Gate Bridge. Don't worry, we'll visit some awesome companies on the way as well.
  • Experience the tech giants

    Apple, Google, Intel, Netapp, Autodesk... We'll visit the giants, play with the latest tech and get some insight into what happens behind the doors.
  • Getting out of your comfort zone

    Participating in an international summer program boosts your employment because it means that you are willing to get out of your comfort zone to learn more.
  • Gain 5 ECTS credit points

    The ABC Business Academy is authorized to organize the course that is accredited by HDBW and the ECTS framework by the European Commission and meets all the requirements of an academically recognized subject of Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree.

Program Overview

You will leave our summer school having explored the latest technologies, and put yourself a step ahead with advice from industry leading experts. We will show you how to put your ideas into successful strategies and avoid common innovation pitfalls.

The blended approach to theory, practice, strategy and application offers a pragmatic view on the dynamic business environment.

During the summer school, you will learn from the best as participants will visit world-renowned companies such as Apple, Google, Intel, NetApp, Autodesk and more.

Throughout the program, you will be given faculty guidance whilst working in small teams to live the life of a startup. You will attend specialist workshops on uncovering deeper customer insights, surfacing new opportunities and prototyping new innovative solutions. As a team, you will work together to perfect and pitch your startup ideas to potential customers and get valuable feedback from Venture Capitalists.

Of course, in the business world, networking is just as valuable as knowledge. You will expand your network and gain valuable connections, all whilst developing your personal and professional skills.

Duration: 14 days

Program language: English

Location: San Jose & San Francisco


2019 Program (finished)

Dates: 23rd of June – 6th of July 2019

Tuition Fee: 3.200,00€

Course outline

Course name: Innovation Imperative
Class size: 60 participants
Credits: 5 ECTS
Length: 60 hours


  • Silicon Valley business culture overview
  • Workshops
  • Meet investors
  • Study cases
  • Elevator Pitch Competition

Corporate visits & Networking events

  • Exhibition tours
  • Networking events
  • Corporate visits
  • University excursions

Upon completion of the Silicon Valley Academy, participants receive:

  • Certificate of completion
  • Recommendation letter
  • ECTS approval (if ECTS was selected and the participant passed the program)
  • Certificate of excellence (only for the top ranked participants / winning group)
  • Wildcard entry into ABC Accelerator (only for the top ranked participants / winning group)

Our summer school will open your eyes to creating unprecedented value through the complex discipline of innovation. Content is delivered through a series of workshops, with just-in-time modules. Allowing participants to progress their work and achieve results. Our curriculum has been expertly designed to offer tools, techniques, and strategies for participants to develop a strong sense of disciple and innovation within teams. 

Whether you are an intrapreneur or entrepreneur, we will leverage the Silicon Valley’s innovation mindset, practices and ecosystems to help develop your bold new ideas.  With all these innovative ideas, we make sure you know how to effectively communicate them to potential investors. Throughout the summer school, you will be immersed in networking events, making valuable connections to further develop your ideas.

The SVA partner... EDG Group!

Being a consulting firm headquartered in Silicon Valley, The Enterprise Development Group is the perfect choice in case you wish to turn a change into an opportunity and implement innovation and best business practices into an existing business model. Having re-invented the game of many successful and known companies such as Apple, BBC, Intel, Johnson&Johnson, Toyota, UniCredit… they are the right ones to consult and teach you on latest innovations, opportunities and threats in the market and how to overcome them. Do it right, Get the “Can Do” spirit and learn the insights of Silicon Valley business practice!

Corporate visits

During our summer school, you will have a unique opportunity to make contact with key players in these large organizations. Participants will explore the incredible HQ offices and listen to insider stories about the company cultures and latest innovations. Get up close and personal with the likes of Google, Apple, WeWork, Credit Karma, Pinterest, Adobe, Stanford University, etc… As the home to some of the most developed and competitive tech firms, we show you some of the best The Valley has to offer. Sometimes, seeing really is believing!

Lectures, workshops and a competition!

Delivering the wrong message in an elevator pitch can lose potential investors or partners, halting the progress of your idea. A combination of competition and workshops will see you develop your pitching skills throughout the summer school. Most importantly, you will have the chance to practice in front of carefully selected mentors with the ultimate goal of presenting at our elevator pitch competition and let that competitive spirit ensure you are crowned the winner! The well deserved winner will receive a wildcard for ABC Accelerator and a Certificate of Excellence in recognition of the outstanding performance.

Guest Speakers and Mentors

One of the keys to Silicon Valley’s success is the people, their creative and innovative minds have shaped the ecosystem. Through a combination of guest speakers and mentors, you will interact with the brightest minds in the Valley. From a variety of backgrounds, our inspirational guest speakers will give you exclusive insights into innovation and entrepreneurship. In addition to this, our mentors will provide guidance in your work on the elevator pitch. Sharing the tricks of the trade, to help you excel in the summer school!

Freetime and Fun!

When you aren’t working hard on the summer school, you will have time to soak up the California sun! With your new friends you can explore San Jose, the vibrant downtown offers a selection of museums, parks, bars and restaurants. Embrace the vibe of The Valley and explore this truly unique city! We will take a one day trip to San Francisco, where you can marvel at the vast Golden Gate Bridge, ride on the world famous cable cars and walk down the inspiring financial district.

Tuition fee & Dates

Tuition Fee
(EUR) €
Program duration:
14 days
Program language:
San Jose & San Francisco
Possible payment installments:


July 2020

The SVA Hoodie

We know that organising a trip to a foreign country can be stressful, that’s why our summer school does all the hard work for you! All you need to sort is your airplane tickets, visa or ESTA and food throughout the course. Everything else is taken care of by us in the tuition fee!

What is included in the Tuition Fee?

  • Accommodation
  • Welcome package
  • Lectures
  • Course material
  • Networking events
  • Seminars and corporate visits
  • Certificate of completion
  • 24/7 assistance from our coordinators
  • Exclusive access to our Alumni network, possibility to become part of our team
  • 1-day trip to San Francisco and an experience that you will remember for the rest of your life!

Breakfast package – 150,00€ (optional)

Breakfast package includes everyday meals, available from 7:30 AM to 10:00 AM daily, served buffet style. Self-service breakfast includes a choice of fresh juice, yogurt, cereal, hot breakfast, eggs, ham, pastry, fruit, and coffee or tea.

ECTS transfer (100€)

Our program offers 5 ECTS credit points to university participants (accredited for the Bachelors and Masters level), which can be chosen as an additional option during your application.

Coris personal and cancellation insurance 

Please contact us at [email protected] from more info.



  • Different discounts are not cumulative.
  • A Registration Fee of 100,00€ must be paid upon confirmation from the ABC Business Academy about your participation. This amount is non-refundable and will be deducted from your Tuition Fee.


General Academic Partner

The ECTS credits are by our international partner HDBW – Hochschule der Bayerischen Wirtschaft is a private, state-approved university for applied sciences with a focus on business and technology, based in Munich as well as in study centers in Bamberg and Traunstein.

The ABC Business Academy is authorized to organize the course at the HDBW that is accredited by European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) framework by the European Commission and meets all the requirements of an academically recognized subject of the Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree.

HDBW is accredited through the state of Bavaria for the Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree through Acquis and FIBAA.



1 Washington Sq, San Jose, CA 95192, United States


Being the third most populated city in California with roughly 1, 1 million inhabitants, San Jose is the economic, political and cultural capital of Silicon Valley. Boasting a presence for over 7000 companies, San Jose is considered the most concentrated tech centre in the entire world. Listed on the scale of top 10 cities with the highest number of millionaires, this city can also be proud of being marked as the 3rd safest city in the USA. With its economical size of 250 billion dollars in profits, Silicon Valley exceeds many countries and makes an indeterminate, but well-integrated area with around 30 cities and 5 reputable universities.


Participants are accommodated at the San Jose State University in the heart of downtown and just an hour from San Francisco. The dorms are located in the main San Jose State campus in a walking distance to all the other facilities and buildings. Participants are accommodated in Campus village en-suite of four bedrooms with two bathrooms, a common living area, and a kitchen. All bedrooms are designed and furnished for two participants. Housing programs and services at the university are designed to nourish participants academic and personal growth.

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