The Startup Executive Academy is now open for applications!

Silicon Castles is a Strategic Business Accelerator for technology intellectual property (IP) licensing businesses.

What Silicon Castles do

We focus on European Diamonds: Technology startups with a unique business idea, scalable technology and outstanding intellectual property – the key to global success.  
We invest in early-stage startups with a great team, a promising idea, and innovative technology – we like pain killers, not vitamins.
We help Diamonds to form a strong IP portfolio – protect ideas and file the right patents.
We support global business development with our own global sales team – identify the target market and get the first deal.
We assist with the creation of a legal framework for licensing businesses – from the NDA to the licensing agreement.
We coach Diamonds during their scale-up phase in various areas, such as marketing, strategic teaming and executive coaching.
We provide access to a global network in all major technology hotspots in Europe, the US and Asia – leverage the global Silicon Castles network.


Silicon Castles is operating a global network with access to hotspots in Europe (Berlin, Munich, Amsterdam, Barcelona, London, etc.), the United States (Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, Boston, New York etc.) and Asia (Tokyo, Beijing, Shenzhen, Hongkong, Seoul, Singapore, Mumbai etc.).

Startup Executive Academy 2020 Online

Startup Executive Academy 2020 Online
Startup Executive Academy 2020 Online

The Startup Executive Academy (SEA), designed as an international week-long Go-to-Market program for early-stage (seed, A or B phase) technology startup executives and founders, has been taking place annually since 2017 in Salzburg, Austria.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we were forced to reinvent the SEA, so in the past months, we transformed it into a three-month online Go-to-Market program that takes place in three stages. Nevertheless, the aim of the academy remains unchanged; to enable startups to accelerate their business by providing highly relevant and practical input that’s delivered by a world-class faculty from academia and business, led by Prof. Baba Shiv from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Application link:

Open until August 31, 2020.


Price for one participant: €3.000 (excl. VAT)
Price for one additional participant from the same startup: €1.500 (excl. VAT)
Price for up to three additional participants from the same startup: €3.000 (excl. VAT)
Max. participants per company: four


The highly practical, hands-on Go-to-Market sessions cover topics such as value proposition, storytelling, pricing, sales, investment, and negotiation. The Live Online Sessions take place every Saturday in November 2020. Alongside the sessions, the participants work on their startup’s challenges by completing e.g. the SEA Sales Canvas and Investment Memorandum. 


During the Live Online Sessions, the 1:1 Online Sessions with faculty members and their regular exchanges with their peers, the participants develop ideas, gather knowledge, and collect feedback. They can immediately use this input to accelerate their business and take their company to the next level


The program is led by Prof. Baba Shiv from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. The faculty body includes executives and former leaders of global companies like Dolby, Sony, PWC, McKinsey, Napster, and Deutsche Telekom. Between sessions, the SEA participants receive individual advice and feedback in 1:1 Online Sessions with selected faculty members.


The SEA CIRCLE is the Alumni network of former SEA participants and enables continuous learning through regular SEA CIRCLE Online Sessions on startup topics. SEA CIRCLE members can share their experiences on success and failure and receive advice from peers.

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