SVIII is an outgrowth of SVII; the Silicon Valley Innovation Institute was founded in 2005 in Silicon Valley, California. The intention for the first decade was to support innovators and innovation advocates by providing public programs in various locations in the Silicon Valley Region.

Innovate or Die

To thrive, you must innovate. This is true of companies, countries and cultures as well as individuals. The Silicon Valley Innovation Institute has defined innovation as applied insight since its founding in 2005 as one of the first innovation institutes anywhere. SVII was founded to bridge the gap between decision-makers and innovators. Humanity is hard-wired to innovate. Adaptation is a survival skill. Although innovation is near the top of every organization’s priority list, and seemingly hundreds of books are published about it annually, Innovation is still not well understood. There is often an important difference between innovation scholars and innovation veterans. Many scholars are more comfortable writing, and most innovators get more out of doing the innovation than by writing about it. SVII, through its knowledge network of veteran innovators, supports innovation advocates at all levels, from highly leveraged government and business leaders to entrepreneurs and sole contributors.

Through its seventeen-year history, SVII has been a combination of a think tank and public forum, a place for the innovation community to come together to hatch new ideas and initiatives. Our knowledge network of creative participants collaborates on how to apply their insights.