5 DAYS‏‏‎ ‎  |‏‏‎ ‎ 7 TOPICS‏‏‎ ‎ | ‏‏‎ ‎12+ INDUSTRY EXPERTS
OCT 31ST – NOV 4TH, 2022

DISCOVER What's Next

Launched in 2012 this 5 day in-person program on the UC Berkeley campus brings together experienced candidates from across the globe with renowned faculty from UC Berkeley and beyond. Executives learn leading edge strategies to drive and invest in the future of innovation. The program features interactive modules from leaders in AI to Energy and ML to DeFi. This year we are pleased to include a partnership with Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) and a focus on Technology Driven Business Innovation. Whether your intent is to develop a corporate edge, build a new venture or identify portfolio opportunities, this intensive program is the place to learn, practice and perfect your plans. New this year, the option to use your experience, program learnings and keynote insights to work on either:

- Venture Group Mentored Project + Pitch  |  entre-or intepreneurship focused
- Investment Group Mentored Project + Pitch  |  company or industry focused



SV Innovation Program

Program Dates
OCT. 31st - NOV. 4th 2022


Program Fee

Inclusive of tuition, cases, materials, site visits, breakfast & lunch and closing ceremony/dinner


UC Berkeley Campus and on-campus site visits with optional 11/5 & 6 DECODE Conference attendance (Berkeley and Silicon Valley)


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The program guides leaders to transform their organizations with key management and leadership concepts, insights into the future of emerging techologies and practical tools for catapulting to the forefront. Be a part of this journey, where you practice concepts conveyed, incorporate future-focused thinking and expand your ecosystem through industry mentors, iconic academic and industry speakers and peer-students from around the Globe.

Advance Innovation in your Firm

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

Understand Emerging TechnologiEs

Hear from UC Berkeley's thought leaders in Blockchain, AI/ML, Robotics, Virtual Reality, Climate and more.

Network with Global Leaders

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

Learn from Silicon Valley Executives

Obtain insight from executives, entrepreneurs, VCs, and UC Berkeley faculty on their successful practice of innovation.

What innovation leaders say about SVIIL

"The course was excellent; it was perfect to share our experiences and knowledge from different backgrounds and realities."

— General Manager, Sodimac Chile

“The lessons you learn in SVIL are organizational changing.”

— CEO Latin America retailer

“It was a fantastic week.”

— VP of Innovation, Volvo Penta

Program Overview

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Who Should Attend

  • Executives and Founders
  • Innovation Focused Business Professionals
  • Technology Executives, Directors and Managers
  • Venture Capital and Private Equity Executives, Directors and Managers
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What to Expect

  • Learn Berkeley Method of Innovation Leadership
  • Executive level discussions on the most relevant disruptive technologies
  • Group project to inspire your innovative mindset, push your comfort zone and gain practical feedback
  • Enhance your company culture for innovation
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Course Format

  • 4 full days of instruction, interactive group project work & pitch
  • Demo Day/Site visits
  • Learn about emerging business models
  • Group project direction and mentoring 
  • Network with global business leaders

Innovator Profiles

In these Mindsets That Matter innovator profiles, we interview distinguished innovators and entrepreneurs to understand their mindsets and journey as they navigate their careers and build impactful companies.

Pieter Abbeel

The Power of Listening

Professor Pieter Abbeel is the director of the Robot Learning Lab at the University of California, Berkeley, winner of the 2021 ACM Prize in Computing, co-director of the Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research (BAIR) lab, co-founder, president, and chief scientist at Covariant and co-founder of Gradescope. In this interview, Professor Abbeel talks about the importance of listening to your customer, and interpreting what they need in order to be sure you are spending your time wisely and working in the right direction with new innovations.

Michelle Munson

Entrepreneur Michelle Munsun talks about her journey to founding Aspera, which was acquired by IBM and then later Eluvio, a blockchain-based crypto content platform that enables creators and their communities to store, stream, mint, ticket, and trade any content experience on the blockchain. Michelle talks about her attitude in confronting the challenge for innovators of not knowing the difficulties that will be faced in the future, and how innovators can ground themselves in a core vision and then listen for feedback to know which direction to go.

Kurt Keutzer

University of California, Berkeley Professor Emeritus Kurt Keutzer talks about his journey from industry to UC Berkeley professor, to founding DeepScale, a company developing perceptual system technologies for automated vehicles. Professor Keutzer talks about his realization of the potential of running Artificial Intelligence and machine learning applications on graphics processing units (GPUs) and the vast potential uses for the technology. Inspired by the potential to save lives by reducing traffic accidents, Professor Keutzer founded DeepScale, and utilized his broad experience and background to stand out amongst other computer vision researchers to be able to work with customers and deliver technology solutions with DeepScale.

Kimberlie Le & Joshua Nixon

The Power of Doing

University of California, Berkeley alumni Kimberlie Le and Joshua Nixon share their journey to founding Prime Roots, an innovative plant-based foods startup focused on celebrating the culture of meat and producing koji-based meat alternatives that taste and look like the real thing. Kim and Josh talk about the challenge that startups face of creating something completely new. By definition startups venture into never-before-seen territory where there is no playbook or guide on how to move forward. Josh and Kim talk about the important mindsets and attitudes that innovators should have to be able to deal with this uncertainty and learn how to move forward.

Video production team: Mission Pictures SF, Victoria Howell, and Keith McAleer

Featured Video

Five Tips For Success At The Front Edge Of Possible 

Featured Speaker: Pieter Abbeel


Working to break AI out of its ivory tower is Pieter Abbeel, electrical engineering and computer science professor at UC Berkeley, (who) is "puppeteer(ing) the robot around in a way that the robot experiences exactly what it’s going to experience when it’s doing it itself," says Abbeel. "That way a robot can learn much more efficiently." By using VR, Abbeel and his team have shortened the robotic skill-acquisition process from months and weeks down to a single day.

Read more about Abbeel's approach to moving AI and robotics forward to solve real world problems.

Featured Speaker: Steve Blank


"Almost every large company understands that it also needs to deal with ever-increasing external threats by continually innovating. To ensure their survival and growth, corporations need to keep inventing new business models. This challenge requires entirely new organizational structures and skills."

Read more about Blank's famous approach to innovation.

SVIIL Curriculum

Featured Faculty

Ikhlaq Sidhu

Faculty Director & Founder
SCET, UC Berkeley

Marc Tarpenning



Dawn Song

Professor, Security & Blockchain,
EECS, UC Berkeley
Co-Founder, Oasis Labs

Claire Vo

Vice President Of Product Management at Optimizely

Wayne Crosby

Co-Founder of Humu (Product & Engineering)

Steve Blank

Entrepreneur &
Adjunct Professor
Stanford University

Pieter Abbeel

Professor, AI/Robotics,
EECS, UC Berkeley
Co-Founder, Embodied Intelligence, Covariant, and Gradescope

Gigi Wang

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

Allen Yang

Executive Director,
Center for Augmented Cognition,
UC Berkeley

Hap Klopp

North Face

Robert Strand

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

Margaret Schmidt

Vice President of Product Development

Ken Singer

Managing Director
Sutardja Center for
Entrepreneurship & Technology

Danny Lange

Vice President, AI & Machine Learning
Unity Technologies

Charles Fan

Former SVP, VMware



Shomit Ghose

Managing Director & Partner
Onset Ventures

Anca Dragan

Assistant Professor
EECS, UC Berkeley

Fyodor Urnov

Scientific Director
Innovative Genomics Institute (home of CRISPR technology)