"That sort of overall sustainable energy problem is the biggest problem that we have to solve this century."
Elon Musk, founder of PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX, TED Conference, Long Beach, 2013

Silicon Valley Study

Who should attend?

This tour is designed for business leaders, political decision makers and researchers investigating international trends and opportunities in the energy and clean tech markets.

Why join the tour?

Building a resillient, cost-effective and low-carbon energy system is one of the main challenges facing Europe today. In the coming years huge investment will be needed to make Europe’s energy infrastructure fit for the future.

Why Silicon Valley?

Silicon Valley with a unique combination of top research, high-tech industry and venture capital is the perfect place to spot trends, products and services relevant for Europe by studying and discussing research projects, start-up activities and new business models.


meet interesting people, visit cool companies, see innovative products, find new inspiration


A five day program in San Francisco and the Silicon Valley comprising interactive sessions with leading companies, start-ups, universities and cultural visits.Two to three company visits per day. Distinguished speakers. Beyond Powerpoint.


With support from Swissnex San Francisco, we will carefully chose an attractive composition of leading "big players", innovative startups and promising research projects.

Preliminary visit program

last update Mar 1, 2017

Monday, Stanford Day

Tuesday, Smart City and Smart Mobility Day

Wednesday, Storage and Renewable Energy Day

Thursday, Convergence of ICT and Energy Day

Friday, Startup and Venture Capital Day

Saturday, Sightseeing, Sports & Shopping Day

Accomodation and Transport

Accommodation in an excellent hotel with breakfast. Ground transportation by minivans and public transport.


The number of participants is limited to 15 in order to maximize interaction among participants and during the visits. Minimum number of participants is 10.


CHF 3900.- including visits, transportation, hotel, events mentioned in the official program (Monday - Friday)
airfare NOT included


Companies & Links

  • University of Sankt Gallen, ior/cf-HSG  
  • Swissnex San Francisco  
  • Hoover Tower  
  • Systems Foresight Research at Stanford  
  • Stanford Faculty Club  
  • Stanford PULSE Institute  
  • Hotel KEEN  
  • Marriott Marquis  

SVA News

Silicon Valley Study Tour 2017 postponed: After a good start we did not reach the required minimal number of participants to start the tour. The current political situation and the stressed economic situation of the energy industry seem to be the main cause for the stalled registrations. | Mar 2, 2017

Cross industry innovation: Swisscom Energy Solutions / tiko has won the Energy Management Award category at the European Utility Week. | Dec 12, 2016

Cool video - Axel Springer's management team talking about their visit to the Silicon Valley (in German). | July 26, 2016