Find your revenue, partners and exit paths at GVF.

The 6th Global Venture Forum (2018 “Gateways & Hyperloops”) is an invitation-only program for 200 VC, Corporate and Emerging Tech leaders to ‘create value and get returns’. GVF Day 1 (sold out for five years) provides an anchor event to the tier one and two leaders active in cross-Atlantic and Pacific tech and is one of three ingredients of the Hyperloop for Global Venture Growth.  In 2017 hosted by Microsoft Ventures (San Francisco) and in 2018 returns to San Francisco, Berkeley and Calistoga wine country this year.

Who Attends the GVF?

  • Entrepreneurs of differentiated, smart solutions from Europe and Asia expanding in the US market 
  • Director, VP and MD/C-level Execs from industry embarking on AI, blockchain, cyber security, data, cloud & edge transformations 
  • Investors looking for syndicate partners, exit paths and new investment opportunities founded outside Silicon Valley
  • Ecosystem and public sector Innovation leaders looking to systematize growth, employment, and FDI in some cluster of talent and promising tech specialization

The Corporate Innovation in Silicon Valley program now is a co-creation between GVF and two world class corporate innovation teams active in the Europe and the US, as well as Shell Technology Ventures, Deloitte M&A and Berkeley faculty.

Invited Corporate leaders & VCs Register Here:

 Invited & GVF Alumni Registration

 Request Delegate or Startup Invite

The GVF program Day 1 is — as always — designed around the needs of scaleups and practitioners from Corporate, VC and Angel communities who are short on time. The GVF selection team includes top VCs and corporates to ensure quality, one of the hallmarks of the GVF:

  • Scaleup Tech CXOs and Founders come to GVF to pitch industry, senior M&A and investment professionals, go deep into their solutions with industry roadmap owners and meet future partners. The GVF Scalerator program provides a 4 month program to validate product-market fit and save time achieving tangible proof points in the US market.
  • Corporate Innovation, Development and Product Strategy Execs come to GVF to join the ‘Corporate Innovation in Silicon Valley’ program, one of the few programs which tie an event, solution-driven workshops & deal making for international corporates into one program. US Corporates will find innovative companies from outside the Bay Area, meet potential acquihires and build the brand with top international startups.
  • Venture Capitalists, Institutional Investors and Angels come to GVF to save time finding find smart tech deal flow before others do, meet future syndication and exit partners. This year we also look at Initial Coin Offering-focused startups, with a world class team of Blockchain specialists

Delegates should expect benefits like:

  • Find differentiated smart tech from tech hubs outside Silicon Valley. Unicorn’s like Adyen pitched at GVF before taking their first first venture funding. 2014 alumni Swiftkey (UK), The Eye Tribe (Denmark), Plat.One (Italy) were acquired by well-regarded brands. Industry leaders can find top tech and talent at GVF before others do.
  • Expand global relationships that are relevant to you. GVF is fun, and helps your company and career. GVF Delegates normally return each year, since it is a small group and they get to know each other. Startups also make long term relationships — IIoT startup from Berlin met Cisco thru GVF and a year later was global showcase in Cisco marketing and IoT solutions worldwide.
  • Enable syndication & more rewarding exits. Four of the 2014 Top25 alumni exited to SAP, Facebook (Oculus), Gartner & Microsoft.

National, City and Accelerator leaders partner with the GVF and Global Venture Labs for long-term Gateways across US & European relationships vital for their portfolio. The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs funded the GVF in 2013 to target global investors and corporates. Poland’s Cybersec Hub partnered to establish a direct connection to US industry and global investors. Flanders’ Investment & Trade Agency created more visibility for the R&D specialization and innovation funnel from Belgium. The Estonian & Dutch EU Presidencies have used GVF as a platform to engage 100 top tier VCs, industry and emerging tech companies and keynotes like Tim Cook and Eric Schmidt.

In addition to compelling panels and decision makers active in cross-border tech, GVF offers a safe environment for investors, corporates, startups and trade agencies to share insights into real industry pains and navigating competitive international waters. San Francisco’s best Barista the Coffee Shop will be stirring bulletproof coffees for the fourth year in a row.

The Top25 Global Venture-ready companies are chosen over the year by a dozen domain experts and professional VCs using the GVF selection methodology. Domains include Artificial Intelligence, Internet-of-Things, Analytics, Cloud Services, Cyberecurity, Data Privacy, Mobility, Mobile, Enterprise Cloud and Digital Health.

The GVF begins with a VIP Drinks for 60 registered Delegates on the evening before the main program.  “CXOs Who Changed the World”, past examples include Shazam, Adyen, Blockchain Executives & Founders.

Invited Corporate leaders & VCs are welcome to register here.

 Invited & GVF Alumni Registration

 Request Delegate or Startup Invite

“…combined the early stage, angel world with the later stage corporate and
investment world in a comfortable, no-strings attached manner”

GVF Delegate, VP Corporate Development

Who attends GVF

Nitin Badjatia

Director, Customer Experience Strategy, Oracle Corporation

Peter Bershatsky

Director of Corporate Business Development, Amazon Web Services

Jamie McGurk

Partner Corporate Development, Andreessen Horowitz

David Hindley

Director Corporate Development, Autodesk

Maciej Kranz

Vice President Corporate Technology Group, Cisco systems

Priti Youssef Choksi

Director Corporate Development, Facebook

Shardul Shah

Index Ventures

Gareth Keane

Investment Manager, Qualcomm Ventures

Frederic Hanika

Vice President, Head of M&A and Corporate Ventures, Software AG

Whitney Hischier

Co-Chair GVF, MBA Lecturer for Entrepreneurship UC Berkeley

Philip Inghelbrecht

Co-Founder, Shazam

Bryan Lamkin

Senior Vice President Corporate Development, Adobe

Davide Pacchini

Director Global Cloud Alliances, Sigfox

Aydin Senkut

Founder & Managing Partner, Felicis Ventures

Tom Henriksson

Partner, Open Ocean Capital

Deborah Magid

Director, Software Strategy, IBM Ventures

Ana Mostarac

Partner, Corporate Development, Andreessen Horowitz

Mohammad Gaber

Senior Director, Digital Strategy & Transformation, Air Canada

Izabela Albrycht

Chairperson, The Kosciuszko Institute & CYBERSEC HUB

Raymond Liao

Managing Director, Samsung NEXT Ventures

Diversity Goal

Global Venture Forum wants to help level the playing field for entrepreneurs from around the world.

A diverse tech ecosystem means a broad distribution of talent, differentiation and merit.

GVF will donate a percentage of all ticket sales to support diversity.


Help us by nominating a startup with a team with a diverse team or leadership.

 Nominate a Diverse Startup Team

2018 GVF Tech Advisory

2018 Hyperloop & Gateway Partners

“…builds bridges, connections, and enables business to get done.”

GVF Delegate

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