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Fresh impulses from Silicon Valley

Students from the master’s degree course in Entrepreneurship of the University of Liechtenstein recently undertook a study trip to innovative Silicon Valley. A public presentation of their discoveries is being held on the university campus, offering new impulses for local business. Entrepreneurs from Liechtenstein and the adjoining region are warmly invited to attend the event on Wednesday, 24 June 2015.


Key lessons for entrepreneurs from the melting pot of innovation: Students from the master’s degree course in Entrepreneurship of the University of  Liechtenstein recently undertook a study trip to innovative Silicon Valley. A public presentation of their discoveries is being held on the university campus, offering new impulses for local business. Entrepreneurs from Liechtenstein and the adjoining region are warmly invited to attend the event on Wednesday, 24 June 2015, starting at 6.00 pm. 



San Francisco’s Bay Area, together with Silicon Valley and especially the region around Palo Alto, is generally seen as a hotspot for innovation, research and development. The study trip is an established part of the master’s degree course in Entrepreneurship, and gives students the opportunity of visiting highly regarded educational institutions like Stanford University and the University of California in Berkeley, as well as getting to know famous companies and finding out about their business models. 


Exchange of experience: students of the University of  Liechtenstein master’s degree course in Entrepreneurship visiting IDEO, San Francisco, on their study trip to Silicon Valley.


Innovative approaches to business

From 1 to 6 June the students were able to take a close look at ebay, SAP and IDEO, and benefited from exchanges with decision-makers working at these prestigious companies. Other highlights on this year’s agenda were visits to Silicon BioDevices, Shape Security, Runway Incubator and even German Accelerator. The far-ranging programme was rounded off with excursions into the local region, on which the differences between German and American culture became apparent.


Knowledge transfer aimed at local business


To enable local business to have an equal chance of benefiting from the students’ experiences, the Institute for Entrepreneurship of the University of Liechtenstein, in conjunction with the Liechtenstein Department of Economics, is offering an opportunity of active knowledge transfer in the form of an after-work meeting.  


‘The insights of the students should provide fresh impulses for the moving spirits of local business and industry,’ said Deputy Prime Minister Dr Thomas Zwiefelhofer. 


Exchange of experience on site

The after-work meeting will take place on Wednesday, 24 June 2015 at 6.00 pm in the Auditorium of the University of Liechtenstein, and is open to all businesspersons and entrepreneurs of the country and surrounding region. After short welcoming speeches by the Deputy Prime Minister Thomas Zwiefelhofer, representing the government, and the Head of the Institute for Entrepreneurship, Professor Christian Marxt, the students will give an account of their visit to the USA and present suggestions resulting from their experience which could be of interest to the moving spirits of local industry. This will be followed by a round of discussion, allowing the students to network with regional companies and facilitating an active exchange of experience, which can then be continued over light refreshments at the close of the evening. 


After Work Meeting: Impulses from Silicon Valley

Wednesday, 24 June 2015, 6.00-8.00 pm
Auditorium of the University of  Liechtenstein
Bookings and information: www.kmu-zentrum-li/after-work-meeting