Tech4Democracy Global Entrepreneurship Challenge | Silicon Valley Venture Day

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Silicon Valley Venture Day

November 29, 2022

Register to Attend Silicon Valley Venture Day


  • 12:30 pm – Registration and Lunch

  • 1:00 – 1:10 pm – Welcome Remarks by the following:

    • Eileen Donahoe, Executive Director, Stanford University’s Global Digital Policy Incubator

    • Irene Blázquez, Director, Center for the Governance of Change at IE University

    • Lila Tretikov, Deputy CTO of Microsoft (formerly, head of Wikipedia/Wikimedia Foundation

  • 1:10 – 1:30 pm – Opening Comments by Judges moderated by Eileen Donahoe

  • 1:30 – 2:30 pm – Competition – Innovator Presentations

  • 2:30 -2:45 pm – Keynote Remarks (v) and Live Q&A with Audience by Administrator Samantha Power, US Agency for International Development

  • 2:45 – 3:00 pm – Closing Remarks by Scott Busby, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, US Department of State and Announcement of Winner


Location: Oberndorf Event Center, Stanford Graduate School of Business, 655 Knight Way

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About Silicon Valley Venture Day

Please join us on November 29 at Stanford University for Silicon Valley Venture Day, a competition for North American innovators working on democracy-affirming technologies, jointly hosted by Stanford’s Global Digital Policy Incubator, IE University, the U.S. State Department, and Microsoft. The competition is part of the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge, a major initiative stemming from the U.S. Summit for Democracy at which President Biden convened world leaders in December 2021 to renew democracy globally.  


The Global Entrepreneurship Challenge is an IE University-led initiative comprised of five Venture Day competitions across five continents: Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America, and South America. The Venture Day competitions will bring together researchers, innovators, investors, and entrepreneurs to identify and highlight key innovations as well as to give shape to the global effort to develop technology for democracy. The winner of the North American Silicon Valley Day competition will receive a $1,000 prize. Regional winners will then compete for a monetary prize.    



Samantha Power

Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development
Samantha Power Official Portrait


Aimee Sentmat

President & General Manager, Banistmo, S.A.
Aimee Sentmat Headshot

Allison Bhusri

Founder of Lemonade Capital
Allison Bhusri photo

Geoff Ralston

President, Y Combinator
Geoff Ralston

Juan Jose Gomez Camacho

Former Mexican Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in NY and Geneva
Juan Jose Gomez Camacho

Lourdes M. Turrecha

Founder & CEO of PIX LLC & Privacy Tech & Law Fellow and Adjunct Professor of Privacy Law at Santa Clara University School of Law
Lourdes Turrecha

Peter Loewen

Director, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto
Peter Loewen

Rana Sarkar

Consul General of Canada in San Francisco | Silicon Valley
Rana Sarkar

Steve Blank

Serial Entrepreneur & Creator of the Lean Startup
Steve Blank


Eileen Donahoe

Executive Director, Stanford Global Digital Policy Incubator
Eileen Donahoe


  • Mentoring: Have the opportunity to profit from an incubation/acceleration process and coaching/mentoring plan provided by IE University and Tech4Democracy Strategic Supporters.

  • Monetary Prize: Compete for monetary prize in final global competition.

  • Partnership Opportunities: Have first-hand access to backing and partnership opportunities with IE University and Tech4Democracy Strategic Supporters, as well as democratic governments, companies, investors, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders involved in the initiative.

  • Networking: Join a global, diverse, and long-term community of like-minded allies, which will be nurtured with news and potential opportunities within IE University’s projects and network and those of the initiative’s Strategic Supporters and partners.

  • Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub Access: Venture Day competitors will win accelerated access for up to a four-year Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub membership, which includes up to $150k in cloud credits for qualified startups, free productivity software, mentorship community, and technical guidance.