Applications for venture leaders Technology now open


Submission of applications for the next venture leaders in Technology is now open. Ten startups making up the Swiss National team will be selected to join an entrepreneurship training program in Silicon Valley from March 12th to 17th, 2018.


Venturelab is organising the next startup development program for hightech startups to Silicon Valley. Every year, the team from Venturelab accompanies 10 selected startups to designated countries for a 7-day development program. The upcoming program will be run in Silicon Valley, for the second time. The venture lab team is now looking for ten technology startup founders who envision themselves as global players and want to take the first step to their global expansion.

Silicon Valley refers to both a geographic region, but also on the most dynamic place in the US for technology. The intense journey offers 10 selected entrepreneurs an accelerated learning curve and a solid network through their exchanges with their peers in the team. They will meet with industry leaders from the US, gain market exposure, get feedback from investors and experts, and get hands-on business development.

During their trip, participants will explore the US and Silicon Valley's entrepreneurial scene to allow for their own personal development. They will participate in private pitching and feedback sessions with top technology investors; attend public pitching and networking events with investors and industry leaders from the Silicon Valley area; review and discussions with experts about the US market penetration, financing strategies, internationalization and more. They will also attend social networking events with US startups as well as receive support for personal business development activities during the all stay.

The admission process

  • Registration until January 8 2018
  • Jury presentation: January 24th, 2018
  • Personal presentation by the best 20 applicants in front of the jury in Lausanne.
  • Kick-off meeting: February 28th, 2018
  • Kick-off event presenting the venture leaders and introducing the roadshow in Zurich.
  • Trip to San Francisco (US): March 11th to 17th, 2018.
  • Intense dive in Silicon Valley's startup scene.

Eligible to apply are founding and managing members of Technology based Swiss startups who are ready to grow their business in the US with international investors, and want to build a global technology startup in the field of Media, ICT, Software, Digitisation etc. Registration deadline: January 8th, 2018.