Immersion program

The Secrets of Innovation Culture Executive Program

This 5 day executive program is about how to build innovation culture within an organization. It gives you a unique opportunity to immerse into the startup ecosystem in the Silicon Valley and learn directly from innovation leaders the key ingredients of their corporate culture. Participants will learn about how successful companies are innovating and their talent management best practices.

Note that final agenda, final list of participating companies, speakers, and activities is subject to change and will be finalized closer to the date of the event.

  • 5-day immersion
  • Runs every quarter
About the host

Since 2012, Silicon Valley Innovation Center (SVIC) has been empowering senior-level executive leaders from around the world to uncover business growth opportunities behind the threats of disruptive technologies.

Program Outline


Innovation In The Idea Economy

Industry Disruption

Learn about the ongoing industry transformations triggered by emerging technologies and new business models. Discover the Silicon Valley startup ecosystem driving a good portion of this fundamental change. Topics addressed:

  • The Fourth Industrial Revolution and industry disruption
  • The future of industries
  • The future of workforce


The Concept of Innovation

Understand the concept of disruptive innovation and the role of startups in creating new markets. See how fast startups innovate through ideation, prototyping, agile cycles, and minimum viable products.


Values and Culture of Innovative Companies

Corporate Values

Experience the power of a clear company purpose and a strong set of values. Discover how your entire company can become more purpose driven, values oriented and philanthropical. Learn directly from Silicon Valley Insiders:

  • How startups define their guiding principles
  • How large technology leaders maintain innovation spirit


Entrepreneurial Spirit

Hear inspiring stories from leaders in Silicon Valley. Think big and think differently. Discover how your company can become more entrepreneurial, performance driven and lean. Find out about:

  • Innovation as a process
  • The company of the future


Empowering Digital Transformation

Customer Centric Approach

See how startups work closely with the customers to address their needs. Discover how your company can become more customer focussed, and your employees more empowered and self-steering. Get immersed in and discuss:

  • Corporate culture of unicorns
  • Diversity – is it a metric or a way of thinking?


Employee Empowerment

Learn how to create space for people to experiment, without losing control. See how to make employees empowered and self-steering. Discover common patterns in enablement of employees to generate ideas and try new things. See how office environment can feel like home and feel the effect of a positive working environment on the effectiveness of people. Visit Silicon Valley companies and witness:

  • Innovation as everyone’s responsibility
  • The best places to work


Organizational Design

Agility and Speed

See how startups are able to execute with limited resources. Get a feel of the unique dynamics between pitching for funding and bootstrapping to reduce costs. Discover how your company can become more adaptive and agile. Find out about:

  • Agile development best practices
  • Decision-making frameworks


Flat Organization

Lean organizational structure, autonomy for teams and individuals, and quick decision-making are some of the elements used. Take a deep dive:

  • Teams and individuals autonomy
  • Focusing on people

Day 5

Talent Management

Future of Workforce

Discover the key trends such as sharing economy, skills marketplace, freelancing, and what is important for Millennials & Gen Z generation. Learn:

  • How to attract and retain millennials
  • Who is creating value


Talent Management Best Practices

Get familiar with different ways of recruiting, evaluating, developing and promoting top talent. Learn about the latest tools and technologies enabling HR departments to truly support employees instead of simply explaining and enforcing company policies. Discover how your employees and teams can become more collaborative, truthful and willing to learn. Get best practices of:

  • Recruiting, evaluating, developing and promoting top talent
  • Transforming the corporate culture


What the recent attendees had to say

“Thank you so much for an excellent program and successful immersion experience with SVIC. We were pleasantly surprised with what we were able to achieve and what we are going to achieve. The program was very well structured, and the choice of organizations from Silicon Valley was very well thought through. Thank you.”

Nelson Gasparian, Commercial Director
Bexs Banco de Câmbio, Brazil


“Thank you for the fantastic experience! That was an amazing and inspiring program. I’m a different person since last week. Thank you for the impact you made.”

Henno Janmaat, Creative Engine
Inspiring People, Netherlands


“Many thanks for the great week. I enjoyed my visit to Silicon Valley. It was very inspiring. SVIC put a great program together. Thank you for making our visit a memorable event! I look forward to keeping in touch!”

Enrique Aznar, Group Chief Values & Culture Transformation Officer
VimpelCom, Netherlands

More tour details


Gain a broader perspective about technology trends re-shaping multiple industries.

Where we'll be

The journey will kick off in San Mateo, in Silicon Valley Innovation Center’s office. We’ll tour offices of innovative Silicon Valley companies. Transportation and guide services are provided.

What's included
  • Executive Program: 5 full days of educational sessions, meetings and company visits
  • Transfers between company visits
  • Hotel Accommodation
  • Lunches
  • Program support with a representative accompanying the group
What you'll do

Visit companies typically not open to the public and interact in-person with innovation leaders.


Get exclusive advice from visionaries and innovators who have made substantial breakthroughs in their industry.

What you'll learn

Understand the difference between disruptive and incremental innovation, and how to give space for people to experiment, without losing control. Learn the key attributes of innovation culture such as guiding principles, company purpose, and key corporate values.

Learn how to create space for people to experiment, make employees empowered and self-steering. Discover the key trends such as sharing economy, skills marketplace, freelancing, and what is important for Millennials & Gen Z generation.

Get familiar with different ways of recruiting, evaluating, developing and promoting top talent.

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