Silicon Valley Innovation Leadership Week

Berkeley Engineering & Silicon Valley Leaders 5 Days · 7 Topics · 12+ Experts

Preparing executives to lead innovation and incorporate the next disruptive technologies

Program Highlights

Responsible for leading your company's innovation? Interested in understanding disruptive technologies from the leaders?

Help your company advance with new strategies, technologies, and a transformative framework now.

Program Details


San Francisco, Silicon Valley and the UC Berkeley Campus

Program Timing

January 11-15, 2021

Application Deadline

December 20, 2020

Program Fee

$9,750 USD inclusive of tuition, cases, materials, and lunches

Launched in 2012, this program 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.

Apply to Silicon Valley Innovation Leadership Week

Why Silicon Valley Innovation Leadership

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

Advance Disruptive 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, Robotics, Virtual Reality, and Augmented Cognition.

Learn from Silicon Valley Executives

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

Network with Global Leaders

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

Program Overview

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Who Should Attend

  • Executives and Founders
  • VPs
  • General Managers
  • Directors
  • Architects or Technology Leaders 
  • MBA Candidates
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What to Expect

  • Learn Berkeley Method of Innovation Leadership
  • Executive level discussions on the most relevant disruptive technologies
  • Plan your firm's innovation via project & feedback from UC Berkeley faculty
  • Enhance your company culture for innovation
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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

Typical Speakers

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, Verizon

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

Jocelyn Weber

Director of Executive Programs,
Sutardja Center, UC Berkeley

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

Sample Schedule

1: Strategies for Innovation
  • Berkeley Method: Innovation Leadership with Strategic Transformation & Disruption Threats
  • Opportunity Competition Your Project
  • Guest Speakers
2: Tactics and Technology Leadership
3: An Innovative Culture
4: Leadership from the Silicon Valley
5: Transform — Project Feedback

Partners & Supporters

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"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

“My key takeaways included the following:

  • 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” —

    Chief Acceleration Officer, Digevo

“It was a fantastic week.” — VP of Innovation, Volvo Penta


Questions? Contact Vicky Howell at for more information.