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CKGSB-ESMT Global Unicorn Program<br> in Deep Tech CKGSB-ESMT Global Unicorn Program<br> in Deep Tech CKGSB-ESMT Global Unicorn Program<br> in Deep Tech

CKGSB-ESMT Global Unicorn Program
in Deep Tech

Global Unicorn Program Series

CKGSB-ESMT Global Unicorn Program in Deep Tech

Next edition 28-31 October 2024

Language English

Fee EUR €8,000

Location Berlin

The program will provide practical business strategies to grow, scale, globalize, and potentially exit deep tech ventures and will touch upon the latest insights on deep tech advancements, such as AI, cutting-edge computing, and cybersecurity innovation.

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    Program Overview

    The Global Unicorn Program in Deep Tech – a new executive education program presented jointly by CKGSB and ESMT Berlin – is uniquely designed to help business leaders in Asia and Europe who are at the forefront of deep tech innovation grasp the challenges and opportunities presented by advancements in the sector.

    The program will provide practical business strategies to grow, scale, globalize, and potentially exit deep tech ventures and will touch upon the latest insights on deep tech advancements, such as AI, cutting-edge computing, and cybersecurity innovation. The Global Unicorn Program in Deep Tech is tailored for global leaders (founders, investors, corporate executives and government officials) who aspire to embrace cutting-edge technologies to make positive, lasting impacts on society and the planet.

    During the 4 days, you’ll engage in activities including case studies, forum, expert talks, networking opportunities, and exclusive company visits. Featuring a combination of world-class faculties from Asia, Europe and beyond, this unique program is crucial for business leaders like you to navigate complexity, drive innovation, and seize opportunities in an increasingly digital and technology-driven world.

    How You Will Learn

    Aside from learning through case studies, company visits, forums and talks by experts in the field, you will also have opportunities to engage directly with industry leading experts, unicorn founders, seasoned investors, and an international network of peers during two networking dinners and a forum. Moreover, the program brings light to the German Hidden Champions- medium-sized companies that hold a leading international market position and are not well known to the general public despite their success. You’ll gain actionable insights tailored specifically for small companies aiming to thrive amidst industry giants. This includes understanding how Hidden Champions can flourish in ecosystems by forging partnerships with startups and large corporations.

    Program Highlights

    Program Highlights

    Master Deep Tech Growth

    Understand key tactics for scaling a deep tech business globally: growth strategies and globalization, scalable organizations and financing strategies.

    Embrace the Potential of Next-gen Computing

    Understand the pace at which artificial intelligence and new computing power (such as quantum) will impact your business and make your organization cyber-ready.

    Innovate for a Sustainable World

    Understand how environmentally and socially responsible business models can become a driver for business growth.

    Gain Insights from Global Experts

    Learn from a diverse faculty made of up internationally renowned educators from Asia, Europe and beyond. Their expertise and diverse perspectives will help you to navigate the complexities of the deep tech industry and make informed long-term decisions for your business.

    Access Exclusive Company Visits

    Gain first-hand experience of how leading German companies implement and deliver innovations through exclusive visits, gaining unparalleled insight into cutting-edge industries and emerging trends shaping the future of deep tech.

    Network with Global Innovators

    Connect with unicorn founders, industry experts, investors, and peers from Europe and Asia, maximizing networking opportunities and securing strategic investments on a global scale.

    Key Focus Areas

    • Learn to utilize key tactics for scaling globally
    • Prepare your organization for the transformative impact of artificial intelligence and emerging computing powers
    • Address inherent challenges in deep tech innovation
    • Design agile and adaptable organizational structures
    • Streamline the deep tech development journey
    • Integrate environmental and social responsibility into business strategies

    Who Should Attend

    The Deep Tech Unicorn Program is tailored for visionary leaders at the forefront of the digital and deep tech revolution. The program is an ideal fit for:
    • Founders of ambitious deep tech startups seeking critical insights and investments to propel their businesses to unicorn status.
    • Investors spanning venture capital, private equity firms, and other investment entities, including corporate venture arms and family offices, who are keen to support the next wave of groundbreaking tech unicorns.
    • Senior executives from leading organizations committed to adopting deep technology to drive impactful, disruptive and sustainable advancements in their fields.
    • Key figures from NGOs, senior government officials, and representatives from the public sector dedicated to nurturing local ecosystems for deep tech unicorns.

    Past Program Participants

    • Typical profiles include: Founder & CEO, Strategic Advisor, VP of Open Innovation & Venturing, Head of Strategy, Head of Digital Innovation, VP of Engineering, Sales Operations Director, Solution Architecture Director, Supply Chain Business Partner, Chief Technology Officer, COO, VP.
    • Typical industries include: retail & consumer goods, finance & insurance, energy, entertainment & media, fashion & beauty, information technology, manufacturing, agrochemicals, engineering, services, healthcare, manufacturing, logistics & supply chain.

    Program Details

    Place: Berlin
    Dates: 28-31 October 2024
    Fee: EUR €8,000

    Includes tuition, teaching materials, lunch onsite, bus transfer to field studies, welcome and farewell dinners, and simultaneous interpretation, if applicable.

    CKGSB alumni are entitled to a scholarship of 20% of the tuition fee (talk to our program representative to apply).


    A dynamic team of globally diverse experts, carefully chosen from CKGSB and ESMT Berlin, anchors our unicorn program. These renowned professors in entrepreneurship and technology bring a wealth of experience, ensuring students receive comprehensive guidance in scaling their ventures. Their track record in this dynamic intersection positions them as unparalleled mentors, creating a credible and impactful learning environment for aspiring unicorn entrepreneurs and business leaders.

    About the Organizers

    Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business

    Established in Beijing in November 2002, CKGSB is China’s first privately-funded, research-intensive and non-for-profit business school. The school aims to cultivate transformative business leaders with a global vision, sense of social responsibility, innovative mindset, and ability to lead with empathy and compassion. Today, CKGSB stands apart for its full-time, world-class faculty, research excellence, China insights and unparalleled alumni network. More than half of its 55 faculty members previously held tenure or senior professorships at top business schools, such as MIT, Wharton, and Yale. CKGSB is also the preferred choice for management education among established business leaders and a new generation of disruptors in China and the wider region. More than half of CKGSB’s 22,000 alumni are at the CEO or Chairman level and, collectively, they lead one fifth of China’s 100 most valuable brands.

    CKGSB is the first business school, since 2015, to offer programs specifically designed for unicorn and soon-to-be-unicorn founders. It aims to build a global ecosystem for the next generation of unicorn and soon-to-be-unicorn companies, with a renewed and enhanced emphasis on global responsibility, social purpose and long-term perspective. Thus far, this ecosystem has developed 1,188 founders and co-founders of companies with Series A to more mature start-up companies, including 151 unicorns among which 41 listed on CB Insights (2017-2022).

    ESMT Berlin

    Founded in 2002 by 25 leading global companies, the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) stands as a distinguished institution offering master’s, MBA, and PhD programs, as well as executive education globally. Focused on leadership, innovation, and analytics, ESMT Berlin boasts a diverse faculty engaged in groundbreaking research, contributing to an interdisciplinary platform connecting politics, business, and academia. Accredited by AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS, and FIBAA, ESMT Berlin is a non-profit private institution committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    ESMT Berlin’s mission, rooted in the heart of Europe, is to create and disseminate new knowledge for the advancement of business and society. Guided by shared values such as community, curiosity, courage, and rigor, the school prioritizes research in leadership, innovation, and analytics. ESMT Berlin's ASPIRE strategy outlines focal points, including sustainability, diverse leadership development, and the integration of business and technology, showcased through initiatives like the Institute for Deep Tech Innovation (DEEP). Such commitments and concrete activities, including the Institute for Sustainable Transformation, exemplify ESMT Berlin's dedication to positive societal impact.

    Any questions? Contact our program manager

    Jennifer Wang

    Program Manager

    +44(0)7717 748 855

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