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Funding news - 09/08/2017

Launch of the Silicon Valley Accelerate: Global Leaders Programme

The Silicon Valley Accelerate Programme connects emerging technology leaders with innovators and founders in Silicon Valley, California. Participating start-ups will have the opportunity to win a place on the Accelerate Programme.

Each year the sponsor accepts six emerging technology entrepreneurs and puts them through a five-day leadership programme. They will be given access inside some of Silicon Valley's most innovative and successful businesses as well as insight from the leaders who are helping shape and build multi-billion dollar technology companies. Successful applicants will be invited to pitch at the Startup Summit in front of an expert panel to win their place.

To enter the Silicon Valley Accelerate Competition the company must be technology-focused. Only one person per company is eligible for application. The person in question must be founder or co-founder of the company.

There will be a semi-final pitching round for the Silicon Valley Accelerate Competition. The final will be held at the Startup Summit on 1 November 2017 and all applicants must be able to attend to be in with a chance of winning the place.

Speaking about this year's programme, Heidi Roizen, Partner, DFJ Ventures, said:

"The programme allows for leading entrepreneurs to have direct contact with potential business development partners, investors, and venture capital firms in Silicon Valley - access that the individual entrepreneurs would find almost impossible to arrange on their own."

The deadline for applications is 22 September 2017.

See the programme website for more details.

Source:, 09/08/2017

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