From the 21st to the 28th of April 2012, the PPL Crowdfunding Portugal team, represented by Paulo Silva Pereira, was present in the Global Strategic Innovation International Executive Program for a Silicon Valley Immersion.
This program is run by the Leadership Business Consulting (LBC) Group, with the intention to promote entrepreneurship, innovation, internationalization and exports. This is achieved through an intensive deep dive week of Strategic Innovation Training, Interaction with Champions and Subject Matter Experts, extensive Networking and Business Acceleration opportunities.
In short, by meeting the experts, learning from the best and networking with all, one enhances the business vision and potential of any initiative. This year’s program benefitted from exposure to especially talented and experienced experts and also from the diversity of the group itself attending.
The group had the most diverse backgrounds from a cultural, geographical and business perspective. Professionals from several Portuguese reference organizations participated such as ANA Airports, Brisa Innovation, EDP Innovation, eVolve (Hydrogen Technologies), Inov Ines Innovation, LFP Lojas Francas from Portugal, Consulting companies, PPL Crowdfunding Portugal, several key organizations from the district of Aveiro in Portugal, representatives of Autofax and Embraer from Brazil and stakeholders from private and governmental organizations of Cape Verde, Angola and Mozambique.
The trip consisted of full activity planned days at San Francisco and San Jose, California, USA, in a region better known as Silicon Valley.
We kicked off the program with intro sessions delivered by Carlos Oliveira and Torben Rankine from LBC followed by a short brief on “Doing Business in the USA” with Ana Sofia Silva O’Hara, AICEP’s Director in San Francisco (AICEP is the Portuguese agency for commerce and investment abroad).
The week unfolded full of enlightening learning, fruitful networking and endless ideation and sharing.