Launchpad Silicon Valley - Tech Crunch Disrupt

Mid-September 2024 (TBD)


Discover - Learn - Launch

Want to take off with your 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 Tech Crunch Disrupt - one of the leading startup conferences - you can gain valuable insights and get to know the most important players in the startup world.

Goals of the Program

Best Practices

Deep dive into the world's leading AI ecosystem with top AI 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 Program 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 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 Ecosystem
with Silicon Valley 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

Sample agenda based on previous programs

9:00 AM

Company Visits (at big tech, startups, research insitutions)

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


Day 4 & 5 | Tech Crunch Disrupt & optional: 1:1 Match-Making

all day

Conference Participation & optional 1:1 Match Making


individual departure

Details about the Programm

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

Date of the Trip: Mid-September, 2024 (TBD)

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


TC Disrupt

Review TC Disrupt 2023

Why Tech Crunch Disrupt?

Since 2011, the leading conference, Tech Crunch Disrupt, has been attracting the who's who of the global startup scene and is considered the platform for:

  • rising founders
  • future unicorns
  • tech celebrities
  • investors & influencers.

With over 10,000 attendees, the event in San Francisco is considered the most groundbreaking knowledge exchange in the startup & tech world.


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!