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Silicon Valley Academy, Certificate

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 14 days
, CA,
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!


Welcome to the most innovative experience! 

You will leave the summer school having explored the latest technologies, and put yourself a step ahead with advice from industry leading experts. The course 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 Silicon Valley Academy summer school, you will learn about the mindset of Silicon Valley from the best. You will have the chance to 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.

Workshops, lectures, an elevator pitch competition

After you learn more about innovation, latest technological improvements and idea execution, you'll taste how is it like to pitch to investors on elevator pitch competition - short and precise description of your idea that catches their eye and makes them invest in your idea. At the end of the program, the best team will also get a chance to join ABC Accelerator Batch with their idea. 

Corporate visits

During the 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!

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! 

One day trip to San Francisco 

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.


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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 14 days
    • Duration description
      Students will have to be fully engaged in 60 hours course that combines lectures, workshops, study visits...
  • Credits
    5 ECTS
    In case a student selects ECTS transfer in the application form, he/she will get a grade and an official document for ECTS transfer. However, each student should contact their own university to check if they accept the ECTS credits from our program. It is on them to get an approval for ECTS transfer BEFORE the program.
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

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


This program is intended for young, motivated and bright students or individuals that are willing to experience the Silicon Valley mindset and culture, learn more about innovation and its implementation into an existing business model, as well as for everyone who is interested in entrepreneurship, business decision making, rapid idea execution...


  • Silicon Valley business culture overview
  • Introduction to innovation
  • Getting familiar with the latest tech 
  • Venture Capital insight
  • Meet investors
  • Study cases
  • Elevator Pitch Competition

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • CV 
  • Motivational letter
  • English knowledge at B2/C1 is recommended to be able to follow the course (keep in mind that we do not ask for TOEFL/IELTS certificates)

Please note: 

Students that will need a visa to travel to the program will need to cover at least half of the tuition fee before receiving any visa documents from our side. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2600 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2600 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 14 days.
  • National

    2600 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2600 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 14 days.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Tuition fee includes:accommodation, welcome package, lectures,events, course material, certificate of completion, 1 day trip to San Francisco, 24/7 assistance..

Living costs for San Jose

  • 1740 - 3150 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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