Launchpad Silicon Valley - Climate Tech

June 10 - 14, 2024


Discover - Learn - Launch

Want to take off with your Climate 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.

Goals of the Program

Best Practices

Deep dive into the world's leading startup ecosystem with top experts & exciting site visits.

1:1 Match-Making

We help you to get connected with relevant players from the ecosystem.


Market Launch

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

4 weeks before the trip | 2-h Virtual Bootcamp

Sample agenda based on previous programs

8:00 AM 

Welcome & Intro by GACC West

8:10 AM 

How to do Business in Silicon Valley

8:30 AM 

Legal Aspects

9:00 AM 

Walk Through Agenda

9:15 AM

Internal Networking

Day 1 | Kick-Off & Intro in 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 Climate Tech Ecosystem
with Climate Tech Expert

10:15 AM

Workshop: Silicon Valley Mindset
mit Silicon Valley Mentor

12:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM

Pitch Training
with Silicon Valley Mentor

2:00 PM

Workshop: Investor Mindset
with seasoned Silicon Valley Investor

4:00 PM

Debrief Day 1

Day 2 | Deep Dive Climate Tech & Customer Discovery

Sample agenda based on previous programs

9:00 AM

Company Visit (e.g. 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 Day II

Day 3 | Site Visits & Networking

Sample agenda based on previous programs

10:00 AM

Site Visit Climate Tech VC (z.B. Breakthrough Energy, Khosla Ventures, Galvanize, Fifty Years)
Insights into the Silicon Valley VC-world

12:00 PM


1:00 PM

Cross-Group Networking or Vertical Networking @ Plug and Play Tech Center
Networking with your peers and Silicon Valley founders

3:30 PM

German Accelerator Site Visit
German startup stories & best practices

4:30 PM

Debrief Day III 

5:30 PM

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


Optional: Day 4 | 1:1 Match Making

all day

time for 1:1 meetings with relevant players


individual departure

Details about the Programm

Date virtual Workshop: 4 weeks before the trip | 2-hour webinar

Date of the Trip: June 10 - 14, 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: April 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 developed at the same speed and scale. German founders can also benefit from vast experience. 

The climate tech sector is becoming increasingly important for large VC funds and remained robust in 2023. Despite a decline in tech investments, 16.6 billion US dollars were spent in Q3 2023 alone. This increase is mainly due to the growing interest in decarbonization and low-carbon technologies.

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