Launchpad Silicon Valley - The Verge 2024

October 28 - November 1, 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.

In combination with #Verge24 - one of the leading climate tech conferences in the world - you will be on the forefront of climate innovation.

Goals of the Program

Best Practices

Deep dive into the innovation 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 of the Program

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 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 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 Tech & Customer Discovery

Beispielablauf basierend auf vergangenen Programmen der AHK. 

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 Tag 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


Day 4 & 5 | The Verge Conference & optional: 1:1 Match-Making

all day

Visit the Conference & optional 1:1 Match Making
Discover the hottest climate tech trends and network with industry pioneers at #Verge24


Individual departure

Details about the Programm

Date virtual Workshop: 4 weeks before the trip | 2-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!)


The Verge

Check out #Verge24 here

Why The Verge?

  • The Verge is one of the leading climate tech conferences
  • The program offers inspiring keynotes, interesting breakout sessions, tutorials, innovative expos, networking events
  • Meet 5,000+ experts from business, politics, solution providers and start-ups
  • Focus topics: Buildings, carbon, energy, food, startups and transportation.

Why Silicon Valley?

The Silicon Valley is not only home to some of the most important players and role models in AI, but has also amassed the world's largest share of VC funding.

It also has decades of experience, especially when it comes to implementing and scaling solutions.

Seize this unique chance and learn from world-leading AI innovators how to grow your startup!