Silicon Valley Innovation Leadership Week

5 Days  ·  7 Topics  ·  12+ Experts

Helping executives and leaders to plan for disruption & build innovative teams
Held in Berkeley and Silicon Valley
October 29 - November 2, 2018


Responsible for leading your company's business innovation?

Advance via new strategies, technologies and a transformative framework

Program Overview

This program guides leaders to transform their organizations with new insights on strategy, disruptive technologies and creating innovative cultures.

Advance Innovation in your Firm

Get insights on how to be at the forefront of innovative trends with the Berkeley Method of Innovation Leadership program.

Understand Disruptive Technologies

Hear from UC Berkeley's thought leaders in areas ranging from AI and robotics to big data and augmented reality

Learn from Silicon Valley Executives

Obtain insight from executives, entrepreneurs, VCs, and UC Berkeley faculty on aligning innovation with firm strategy

Network with Global Leaders

Join general and technical leaders from firms around the world including Pacific Rim, Europe and South America.

Who Should Attend

  • Executives
  • Founders
  • VPs
  • General Managers
  • Directors
  • Architects or Technology Leaders 

What to Expect

Course Format

  • Learn about emerging business models
  • Visit innovation centers in Silicon Valley
  • Receive feedback from Silicon Valley executives, entrepreneurs and UC Berkeley faculty
  • Network with global business leaders


Academic Thought Leaders and Industry Innovators

Ikhlaq Sidhu

Faculty Director & Founder
SCET, UC Berkeley

Marc Tarpenning


Anca Dragan

Assistant Professor
EECS, UC Berkeley

Steve Blank

Entrepreneur &
Adjunct Professor
Stanford University

Shomit Ghose

Managing Director & Partner
Onset Ventures

Hap Klopp

North Face

David Bell

Professor of Marketing
Wharton & CKGSB

Gigi Wang

Chair & Director
Berkeley Start-up Boot-camp & Collider Workshops

Nir Merry

Vice President & Head of Common Solutions Group
Applied Materials

Wayne Delker

Former CIO

Robert Strand

Executive Director
Center for Responsible Business
Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

Pieter Abbeel

Associate Professor
EECS, UC Berkeley

Allen Yang

Executive Director,
Center for Augmented Cognition,
UC Berkeley

Ken Singer

Managing Director
Sutardja Center for
Entrepreneurship & Technology

Jocelyn Weber

Director of Executive Programs,
Sutardja Center, UC Berkeley

Program Details

Program Timing

Monday - Friday

October 29 - November 2, 2018


Application Deadline

July 15, 2018

See this page for How to Apply.

Program Fee

$10,500 USD inclusive of tuition, cases, materials, and lunches


Silicon Valley and UC Berkeley Campus

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Find out how to apply to our program.

Partners & Supporters



"Fantastic week" - VP of Innovation, Volvo Penta

"Organizational changing" - CEO Latin America retailer

Key takeaways included -

  • "My company needs to make better use of big data" 
  • "Innovation process for horizon 3 will be critical to the company's future"
  • "The state of the art of different technologies and tendencies (AI, big data, marketing, VR)"
  • "How to approach the innovation processes among organizations"
  • "The skills and perspective that entrepreneurs and managers must have or develop"


Launched in 2012, this Innovation Leadership week has brought together candidates from across the globe with renowned Berkeley faculty and Silicon Valley executives to learn and work on the challenge of driving continuous innovation from leaders as diverse as shipping industry executives to leading hospital administrators.  Originally part of a joint, exclusive effort by Berkeley Engineering and Technical University of Denmark (DTU) Executive MBA program, this week is now an open enrollment program, expanded to include select leaders from around the globe and from Silicon Valley to increase the diversity of thought and provide a broader, global network to the cohort.

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