Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak along with representatives from Airbnb, Tesla, Adobe and many more welcome the 2017 Talent Unleashed winners and guide them through a trip of a lifetime.
Last week (28 May) seven global winners of the 2017 Unleashed Awards, which included early stage startup founders, innovators and digital leaders, were given a taste of life in the world’s largest technology hub, Silicon Valley.
The trip included sightseeing at some of San Francisco’s famous landmarks, a tesla test drive and several company visits at the likes of Airbnb, Uber, Adobe and Amazon to uncover the recipe behind their success, as well as discovering how they plan to position themselves in the future landscape.
One of the many highlights of the trip, included attending a VIP lunch with Apple Co-founder, Steve Wozniak, where the group had the unique opportunity of discussing everything from his early success with Apple and designing, to his more recent work and his view on the modern-day technology landscape.
Nathan Williams, Founder of blockchain based startup Minespider and winner of ‘One to Watch’ in EMEA, got to spend 3 hours with the legendary inventor: “We talked about his old stories, as well as about blockchain and I got feedback on Minespider. What an amazing opportunity. A huge thank you to Talent for organizing this” he said.
Dr Raghav Murali-Ganesh, co-founder of Cancer Aid, who picked-up the award for Best Start-up Creating Social Impact in APAC, found inspiration in meetings with the Silicon Canal tech giants. He said: “The whole trip has been fantastic, we feel like we’ve learnt a lot from the other entrepreneurs. In every single business that we visited we were inspired and have ideas that we can take back to our startup.”
Richard Earl, founder of award organisers Talent, is excited about what the future holds for both the winners and the awards programme.
“It’s been a pleasure to spend the week with such an amazing group of entrepreneurs from across the world. I look forward to seeing how they use this experience to help drive their ideas forward and we hope to continue to support them along this journey.
“As for the awards, we have some exciting plans on how we can continue to develop the programme to champion, showcase and celebrate innovation worldwide. We look forward to sharing these plans in the coming months.”