Our monthly happy hour roves around the Bay Area, an opportunity for new and “old” members to meet other Brits in Tech and share experiences of start ups with #noagenda. We are hosted in July by SVIP
Silicon Valley Internship Programme (SVIP) is an organization set up to give something back to the global entrepreneurial community. Founded in 2012, it has been working with the British American Business Council, British Consulate, top global engineering universities and high-growth tech companies to create a unique win-win situation. Participating companies gain highly qualified software developers for (at least) one year with the SVIP handling the bureaucratic hassle of visa processing and logistics, and newly-graduated software engineers get the chance to hone their technical skills in their day job and to develop their entrepreneurial aspirations in a structured program run by the SVIP.
Beyond our entrepreneurial educational aspirations we are attempting to proactively help tackle the gender imbalance in the tech industry. To that end, the SVIP has partnered with Girls In Tech (GIT) to provide this opportunity to female top software engineering graduates globally. We still have a long way to go, but over the last 2 years 46% of the SVIPs have been women compared to just 6% in our first 3 years.
The SVIP is currently seeking additional high growth software companies for this year’s program. If you’re interested in exploring this opportunity, please have a look at www.siliconvalleyinternship.com and you can find an overview here.