Launchpad Silicon Valley - TC Disrupt & Verge24 2024

October 28 - November 1, 2024


Discover - Learn - Launch

Want to take off with your Tech solution - at home or in Silicon Valley?

We help your startup grow and seize the right opportunities!
With our program, we support founders to network with the most important players in the Valley, show best practices and provide you with tools to scale long-term at home or in the US.

In combination with TechCrunch Disrupt - THE conference for startups and new technologies - and  #Verge24 - one of the leading climate tech conferences in the world - you will be on the forefront of tech and climate innovation.

Goals of the Program

Best Practices

Deep dive into the innovation ecosystem with top experts & exciting site visits.

Market Discovery

Workshops & tools on topics such as sales, marketing, investor mindset, pitch training & customer discovery in the USA.


Pitch in front of pioneers of the tech scene, meet fellow founders and become part of Silicon Valley.

Sample Agenda of the Program

4 weeks before the trip | 1.5-h Virtual Bootcamp

Sample agenda based on previous programs

8:00 - 9:30 AM 

Welcome & Intro
Cultural Aspects of Doing Business in Silicon Valley
Walk Through Agenda
Internal Networking

Day 1 | Kick-Off & Intro to Silicon Valley

Sample agenda based on previous programs

9:00 AM

Welcome &Intro into the Program

9:15 AM

Kick-Off Briefing: Intro in the Silicon Valley AI / Climate Tech Ecosystem
with Climate Tech Expert

10:15 AM

Workshop: Silicon Valley Mindset
mit Silicon Valley Mentor

12:00 PM


1:00 PM

Pitch Training
with Silicon Valley Mentor

2:30 PM

Workshop: Investor Mindset
with seasoned Silicon Valley Investor

4:00 PM

Debrief Day 1

Day 2 | Deep Dive Tech & Customer Discovery

Beispielablauf basierend auf vergangenen Programmen der AHK. 

9:00 AM

Company Visit (e.g. OpenAI, Autodesk, NVIDIA, Bloom Energy, WeaveGrid, Proterra, Living Carbon)

12:00 PM


1:00 PM

Workshop: Customer Discovery part 1

2:45 PM

Workshop: Customer Discovery part 2

4:00 PM

Debrief Tag II

Day 3 | Site Visits & Networking

Sample agenda based on previous programs

10:00 AM

Site Visit AI / Climate Tech VC (z.B. ServiceNow, NVIDIA, Breakthrough Energy, Galvanize, Fifty Years)
Insights into the Silicon Valley VC-world

12:00 PM


1:00 PM

Peer-to-peer Networking at a Startup Incubator
Networking with your peers and Silicon Valley founders

3:30 PM

Startup Accelerator Site Visit
Startup stories & best practices from Silicon Valley

4:30 PM

Debrief Day III 

5:30 PM

Pitch Event & Networking
Chance to pitch your startup and to network with the tech scene


Day 4 & 5 | TC Disrupt / Verge24 Conference

all day 

Visit the Conference 
Discover the hottest AI / climate tech trends and network with industry pioneers at #TCDisrupt or #Verge24


Individual departure

Details about the Programm

Date virtual Workshop: 4 weeks before the trip | 1.5-hour webinar

Date of the Trip: October 28 - November 1, 2024

Language: English


  • In order to have the greatest impact, your product should already be launched on the market and you should have your first customers.
  • Seats are limited to a maximum of 10 startups with a maximum of 2 participant per startup.

Application Deadline: August 1, 2024
(since we're filling seats on a rolling basis, you should apply now!)

Why Silicon Valley?

Silicon Valley is the world's leading innovation ecosystem with the largest share of global VC investments. 

Nowhere else in the world are technologies being driven forward at the same speed and scale. German founders can also benefit from this decades-long experience. 

Key facts of the ecosystem

  • 40,000 - 50,000 startups
  • 75 billion USD VC funding
  • 50%+ of global AI investment
  • 78 colleges & universities

Seize the opportunity and learn from world-leading innovators to drive your startup forward!