Get inspired by the unique entrepreneurial Silicon Valley mindset and experience first hand how it can be done!

We select the best five Entrepreneurial talents (five persons not teams) from the past years – our Entrepreneurial Champions – and make an exciting trip to the unique Silicon Valley startup ecosystem. Together with swissnex San Francisco we plan a week full of workshops, Startup visits and exchange opportunities.


General information

  • Date: 20/07/2020 – 31/07/2020
  • Conditions: You need to be a registered, currently active student at the HSG and a former HSG Entrepreneurial Talent


How to apply

  • Hand in this TWO(!)-Pager (Click here) and your Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • There are only 5 scholarships available.
  • Based on your Two-Pager and your CV, you will be selected for the HSG Entrepreneurial Champions Program.



  • Application deadline 2020: 8th of April, 2020
  • Announcement of the participants: 15th of April, 2020
  • For more information contact Diego Probst


Goals and Framework

  • The students get a taste for what it means to swim in the big Silicon Valley pond. Big pond but lots of shiny fish. Learn how to swim like them and hustle like a pro!
  • Prior to the trip to Silicon Valley, the students formulate milestones for their companies as if they would tackle the US market for real (fill in the application for an internationalization camp). Depending on that, daily hustler tasks will be formulated.


Our partner

Connecting the dots between Switzerland and North America in science, education, art and innovation. swissnex San Francisco is a platform for the exchange of knowledge and ideas in science, education, art, and innovation.

Through our public events and study tours, we highlight the best of Swiss and North American ingenuity and create opportunities for networking among our diverse group of professional contacts in the San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley, and beyond. We offer workspace in the heart of downtown San Francisco and the resources to help international guests, start-ups, university outposts, entrepreneurs-in-residence, and other visitors succeed.

Our global perspective and local expertise allow swissnex San Francisco to anticipate and nurture fruitful collaborations and align the best academics, researchers, entrepreneurs, artists, and thought leaders so that relationships and partnerships can flourish. Working under several mandates, we also help build the presence of Swiss innovators on the world stage. We believe that unexpected outcomes can lead to the brightest achievements, and we encourage the cross-pollination of ideas through the many connections made at swissnex San Francisco.