Pulling back the curtain on Silicon Valley secrets.

Silicon Valley is where the human spirit and thirst for innovation live at its highest concentration. Understanding how The Valley thinks, behaves, and builds its vision is your responsibility as a senior executive. Adapting how you conceive and interact with your industry, and the digital space it inhabits, will allow you directly impact it and not simply react to it.

Silicon Valley Secrets Revealed is a 1-week long immersive course in San Francisco that provides business, government, and non-profit organization leaders with an actionable toolkit to decipher the bountiful and yet complicated secrets of Silicon Valley's ecosystem.

What will we cover?

Our program inculcates the energy, the mentality and the work ethic that rules in the Bay. You will learn how to think and behave as Silicon Valley does, understand how startups, accelerators, investors and corporates take advantage of this unique ecosystem and why Silicon Valley secrets have never been replicated to this day.


Learn what makes
Silicon Valley so unique


Learn how best startups
launch and thrive

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Learn how accelerators
accelerate startups


Learn how investors work and what they value the most

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Learn how corporate engage with Silicon Valley startups


Get exclusive introductions to targeted startups (optional)

Our approach

You’ll be part of a small cohort of maximum 15 dynamic leaders and change-makers from around the world. Our program is perfectly tailored for executive leaders, entrepreneurs, managers, investors, and government officials.

Leaders across a wide spectrum of industries in the Valley will deliver interactive presentations, followed by insightful discussions and workshops that will, in turn, leverage the diversity of the cohort of participants we've gathered for each program.

This program is not about visiting cool startups and creating overnight connections. Instead, this program is truly about enriching you as the participants, to encourage you to revisit your current mindset, think beyond your current business, and, refine it. We hope to inculcate the energy, the mentality and the work ethic that comes with the experience of having lived and worked in the Bay.  


Program Overview

Day 1

Decipher the Silicon Valley business culture

9:00-9:30  | Coffee and Breakfast

9:30-10:30 | The Silicon Valley Secret Formula

10:30-12:30  | Design thinking as a strategy for innovation

12:30-2:00 | Lunch Break

2:00-3:00 | The art of networking

3:00-4:00 | The art of pitching

4:00-5:00 | The art of fundraising

5:00-6:00 | Break

6:00-8:00 | Silicon Valley Stories: learn from the most successful entrepreneurs

Day 2

Decipher the Silicon Valley startup secrets

9:00-9:30 | Coffee and Breakfast

9:30-10:30 | Meet managers of top startups in Silicon Valley

10:30-12:30 | Lean startup as a methodology for product development

12:30-2:00 | Lunch Break

2:00-5:00 | Visit Facebook headquarter 

8:00-10:00 | Dinner and Founder Keynote

Day 3

Decipher the Silicon Valley accelerator secrets

9:00-9:30 | Coffee and Breakfast

9:30-10:30 | Meet managers of top accelerators in Silicon Valley

10:30-12:30 | How to attract, accelerate, and invest in early stage startups

12:30-2:00 | Lunch Break

2:00-5:00 | Visit the headquarters of another top accelerator in Silicon Valley

6:00-8:00 | Mixer / Networking with The Refiners most successful startups and hear about their entrepreneurial journey

Day 4

Decipher the Silicon Valley investor secrets

9:00-9:30 | Coffee and Breakfast

9:30-10:30 | Meet founders and managers of top VCS in Silicon Valley

11:00-12:30 | How to structure, negotiate, and execute early stage investments

12:30-2:00 | Lunch Break


8:00-10:00 | Dinner and Investor Keynote 

Day 5

Decipher the Silicon Valley corporate innovation secrets

9:00-9:30 | Coffee and Breakfast

9:30-10:30 | Meet managers of top corporate innovation shops in Silicon Valley

11:00-12:30 | How to run collaborative innovation in your company

12:30-2:00 | Lunch Break


7:00-9:00 | Let's Party!!!


Who should attend? 

This is not about theoretical learning nor visiting cool startups and creating overnight connections. Our program uses a learning approach learned through our own startups who raised millions of dollars! Participants continually refine their fundraising strategy with the help of our partners and experienced Silicon Valley players.

June 18 - June 22, 2018

The Refiners San Francisco offices

Who should apply:

  • Executive leaders and managers at large companies who are inspired to innovate
  • Entrepreneurs at startups and growth companies who are challenged to scale
  • Seasoned and influential executives who will use this opportunity to make an even greater difference in their career and their organization’s future

$9,600 USD
Covers tuition, all course materials, most meals and transport to site visits. Travel and accommodations are not included.

Why The Refiners?

Our acceleration program is famous for helping startups successfully take off in Silicon Valley. We have built deep relationships with the most exciting tech investors in Silicon Valley and Europe. Our startups have raised millions of dollars through out our Seed Fund Program. The "Fundraising Secrets Revealed" program was born because the thousands of entrepreneurs we met asked us if we were willing to share our "fundraising secret sauce" with them even if we didn't invest in their startups. Our goal at The Refiners is to equip entrepreneurs with the mindset and skills to navigate through the labyrinthian complexity of raising money. We leverage the best resources available in the Silicon Valley's business ecosystem and embrace our mission to develop leaders who challenge the status quo; whose drive is an inspiration to others, and seek to redefine the rules of the game.

Located in San Francisco

The Refiners program takes place in the heart of San Francisco, the epicenter of one of the most economically and culturally thriving places in the world. Our location and network within this business ecosystem provides direct access to the most exciting and cutting-edge ideas and people in the digital space. This gives participants firsthand exposure to some of the most innovative ways of thinking and practical applications happening in Silicon Valley today.


Want to know more?

We are here to answer all the questions you may have. Please provide your contact information here and we'll get back to you in less than 48 hours. Our call will consist of an in-depth rundown of how the Silicon Valley Secrets Revealed Program works and move you forward in our application process. Thank you and talk to you soon.

Pierre, Geraldine, and Carlos – The Refiners

- Pierre, Geraldine, and Carlos 
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