Study Trip to Silicon Valley, USA

The Role of Leadership in Entrepreneurial Success


This study trip takes you strides closer to understanding the role of leaders in innovation processes


The study week offers an exclusive selection of lectures and workshops by professors, business coaches and successful Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. They highlight a range of issues relating to the connection between leadership and sustainable business success.


Participants meet in San Francisco and reside downtown. The week’s program includes a variety of hand-picked companies and leaders in San Francisco and the famous Silicon Valley. Our guiding question throughout the trip is: What in innovation is essential to these leaders and how do they foster innovation in their own activities?


On our field trip you learn about the area and get a taste of Route 1. The evenings are mostly free, which gives you the possibility to explore the city’s fascinating quartiers. The entire program is conducted in English, inviting you to sharpen your communication skills.


In sum, the contributions of our highly qualified speakers and sorely chosen visits will leave you with lasting impressions and insights into that mysterious ecosystem of Silicon Valley.


Program Highlights*

Workshops and lectures:


  • Authentic leadership 
  • Practical insights of a company
  • Connecting the dots
  • Leadership in start-ups - innovation processes
  • Feedback for high performance teams

Tours and visits:


  • Visits to leading Silicon Valley companies
  • Field trip to Santa Cruz and Route 1
  • Santa Clara / Stanford University campus tours
  • Night tour to Alcatraz Island (optional) 

 *The program may vary from year to year, following the dynamics of the business environment



The next study trips take place as follows:

  • 1-8 February 2020
  • September 26th - October 3rd (deadline for signup April 30th)



  • Students from the Kalaidos university and partner institutions: CHF 2’500
  • External participants: CHF 3’000
  • Included in the CAS IMD program fee

All participants pay for their flights, accommodation, most meals, (visa) and travel insurance separately.



Who can join?

Master’s students, Bachelor’s students and external participants with min. 3 years of professional business experience can join the study trip. Good English communication skills are required.




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