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European Tech Multinationals in Silicon Valley

WINTER '12, Mondays 4:15pm. Stanford Engineering's European Entrepreneurship and Innovation Thought Leaders (ME421) is a weekly speaker series that presents industry leaders from Europe's hitech startup, venture finance, corporate and university research and technology commercialization communities to share their insights and experiences with aspiring and veteran entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley.

Date:   Winter Quarter 2012
Time:   Mondays:
4:15 PM


Main Quad-Rm 370


Co-sponsored by the Stanford Department of Mechanical Engineering and their European Government Partners.

Seminar details:  


January 9

Big Data & AI Startups by Nordic & Mediterranean Founders

Our first Winter session will kick off with a look at two startup founders from very different European regions and traditions - the Nordics and the Mediterranean. One began his career as an AI scientist who moved to the Valley and then jumped into his own startup, while our first speaker out of Sweden comes from a strong hacking and programming background, which has led him to the path of being an entrepreneur in Europe and Silicon Valley today.


Jan 23

The Software Startup Scene in Estonia & UK Universities

Session Two features an indepth look at a very cool crowdsourced CAD engineering startup out of Estonia, and the broader university entrepreneurship scene in the United Kingdom. Both speakers are examples of the new generation of company leaders and pioneers in Nordic countries and the UK.


Jan 30

European Technology Corporations in Silicon Valley

Our third session presents a panel of speakers from selected leading European multinational corporations (MNCs) that have major research, product development, commercialization, technology scouting or sales/marketing operations in Silicon Valley


Feb 6

German Technology and Life Sciences Startup Bridges with Silicon Valley

In Session Four, we focus on Germany's emerging startup ecosystem in technology and life sciences, and new innovation bridges being forged between Munich, Berlin and Silicon Valley.


Feb 13

Mobile & Cloud Startups in Lithuania and Iceland

For this fifth session, we shift our gaze to cloud computing, 'green IT' and mobile apps startups. The lecture will also feature our first speakers from Iceland's and Lithuania's entrepreneurship scenes.


Feb 20

No Class - Holiday


Feb 27

Hot Gaming Startups in Europe

For Session Six we are pleased to host one of Finland's major success stories, and one of the hottest startups on the global scene, namely Angry Birds, along with a yet-to-be-announced second gaming startup out of Europe.


Mar 5

Venture Capital in the UK and Western Europe

Our seventh session this Winter Quarter will examine the state of seed stage venture capital in the United Kingdom and Western Europe.


March 12

Pan-European Dealflow in Silicon Valley & SFO

In our final Winter Quarter session, we present an impressive panel of leading European and US entrepreneurs, investors and accelerator managers to discuss major trends in startup dealflow coming out of Europe to Northern California. The panel will also touch on which European countries and regions are today systematically engaging with Silicon Valley, and which ones are not.


Additional information and/or registration:  

The seminar is free and Open to the Public, and is affiliated with the Stanford Technology Ventures Program.


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