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A group of 25 IESE MBA students and professors will travel to Silicon Valley and connect with top Start-ups, VCs, angels, incubators and large companies.Purpose of trip for students: 1. Deepen their understanding of entrepreneurship – from ‘the interaction between capital and ideas’ to ‘the process of starting and scaling a company’ – from Silicon Valley’s most successful companies, organizations and entrepreneurs2. Learn about the entrepreneurial landscape, companies and capital in “The Valley.”
Membership BenefitsTrip Visits:Keeping our objectives in mind, the trip is designed to expose students to various aspects surrounding entrepreneurshipStart-UpsWe will meet ‘early-stage’ Start-ups to learn about:How they obtained fundingWhat their biggest failures / setbacks along the way wereWhat their scaling problems were and how they solved themHow they deal with intercontinental business, especially with EuropeHow they recruited their founding team, and what they look for in their employeesLarge companiesWe will visit large companies that started in the Valley to learn about:How they stay entrepreneurial and foster new ideasHow they deal with international businessHow they manage intercultural issuesHow they seek-out Start-ups to acquire, and what they look for in these companiesVCs / AngelsWe will meet VCs and Angels to learn about:How they evaluate business ideasWhat they look for in pitchesHow they help businesses scaleIncubatorsWe will visit incubators to learn about:How they select their entrepreneurs and what criteria they useThe economics of the incubatorWhat kind of parties converge in an incubator (besides entrepreneurs)Others:We are also looking to meet with or visit:HR professionals to learn more about recruiting in the Valley, specifically about options for non-US citizensIndustry events that will show us the next Googles, Instagrams or Groupons ….