GSI - Silicon Valley


i4.0 Innovation Program
Immersion in German i4.0 'lighthouses'*

*Program may be adapted according to specific candidate industry

Plus 15 live online sessions pre and post-immersion program


10 Sessions pre-immersion program (4 days) and 5 sessions post-immersion program (2 days)

The program is aimed at promoting company competitiveness in the global market by preparing to know the cutting edge companies pertaining industry 4.0 in Germany and by assisting you in a preliminary maturity assessment and roadmapping for your company.

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A three-stage program


The program consists of a six-day live online sessions from 17h00 to 18h30 GMT for a preliminary maturity assessment and roadmapping, as well as booking and preparation  of immersion in German 'lighthouses' pertaining industry 4.0 

Pre-immersion program: 4 days from 17h00 to 18h30 GMT


The Pre-immersion program includes 10 live online sessions with international experts from Asia, Europe, Brazil and the US.

For those interested, there will also be a pitch evaluation session.


Main topics


Winning in industry 4.0


Build up higher readiness and competitiveness


Manufacturing industry futures


Future challenges and opportunities in electric mobility

Post-immersion: 2-day-live online sessions from 17h00 to 18h30 GMT


The Post-immersion program includes 5 live online sessions with experts from LBC and I4.0 Maturity Center.

For those interested, there will also be an individual maturity assessment and road mapping exercise.

Main topics


Future challenges and opportunities in clean energy market


How to lead innovation in the low-touch high-digital economy

During the immersion program in leading world's best practices in Germany 


The program consists of presentation in person and in situ of best practices from Germany and other parts of the world. You will interact with  experts and leading companies as regards to i4.0, plus networking sessions. The program will be updated as per profile and interests of the participants. The number of participants is limited.

Pre-immersion structure of the program

Winning in Industry 4.0

Day 1

Day 1 | Duration: 1h30

Live online, Tuesday, 17h00-18h30 GMT


Welcome to the program

10 minutes



Jorge Portugal
(General Manager at COTEC, Portugal) 




10 minutes


Taking the most of the program

Torben Rankine (LBC Partner, San Francisco)

Felix Optehostert (Senior Manager I4.0 MC, Aachen, Germany)



Session 1

20 minutes


Which factors will define the winners in i4.0

Key-Note by Carlos Oliveira
(CEO at LBC, Portugal)



Session 2

40 minutes


Panel discussion

Christian Hocken (Managing Partner I4.0 MC, Aachen, Germany), Jorge Portugal (General Manager at COTEC, Portugal) and Irene Li (President e CEO na Acellent Technologies, China)



During immersion in the German 'lighthouses'

Day 1, Tuesday, time to be determined

What i4.0 means for manufacturing companies

| Felix Optehostert (Senior Manager i4.0 MC, Aachen, Germany)

How to lead manufacturing companies effectively towards i4.0

| Dr. Ing. Tobias Harland (Senior Manager Industrial Practice i4.0 MC, Aachen, Germany)

Rampup Factory WBA plus Elab Campus Aachen

Networking event and visit to e.GO lighthouse and to Aachen City


Day 2, Wednesday, time to be determined

Visit to Lighthouse Henkel, Dusseldorf

Visit to lighthouse BPW Bergische Achsen KG, Wiehl


Day 3, Thursday, time to be determined

Visit to lighthouse Phoenix Contact, Industrial Automation, Bad Pyrmont and Blomberg 

Closing session

| Carlos Oliveira (CEO at LBC), and Felix Optehostert (Senior Manager i4.0 MC, Aachen, Germany)

Free time to visit Frankfurt or travel back 


Post-immersion program structure of the program

Future Challenges and Opportunities in Clean Energy Market

Day 5

Day 5 | Duration: 1h30

Live online, Tuesday, 17h00-18h30 GMT



10 minutes


Debrief of the immersion

Carlos Oliveira
(CEO at LBC, Portugal)



Session 11

30 minutes


How to reach the net-zero challenge

Allen Huang (VP, Head of AIOT Platform Engineering at Envision Digital, Beijing, China)



Session 12

20 minutes



Investment opportunities in the energy transition

Luis Manuel (Executive Board Member at EDP Innovation/ Ventures)



Informative session

10 minutes



Information on benchmarking sessions in Germany

Felix Optehostert
(Senior Manager I4.0 MC, Aachen, Germany)




Program Dynamics

The most convenient and impactful way to learn:

Live Sessions with Direct Q&A through a virtual platform

On-Demand Access to all materials for 12 months

Access to an exclusive GSI Facebook
group designed for business executives

Certificate of Completion available



1h30 hours x 6 days (Pre and Post-immersion program)

During immersion program, in German 'lighthouses'

Participants should join platform 10 minutes before starting time for the Pre-immersion and Post-immersion live online sessions



Discover the latest trends on innovation worldwide and benefit from networking amongst global players in your industry. Identify business opportunities and partnerships to make your business get higher results.

Learn how to sell in the German market and globally
Gain insight into disruptive technology trends
Grow your network and meet decision makers
Identify new markets for your products and services
Learn digital transformation strategy and execution
Identify business opportunities



Mark Davis

Senior Director of Industry Futures Engagements

Responsible for identifying future industry problems and developing key customer relationships in the AEC and MFG industries

Engages with industries to validate technical feasibility of new research and accelerate adoption into the Autodesk portfolio


Cordell Brown

Director, Business Development at Gener8

Specializing in the development of innovative medical, diagnostic devices, micro-fluidics cartridges and consumables

Over 20 years of success in sales achievement through developing strategies for market penetration and creating value propositions selling research products, contract product development and contract manufacturing


Paolo Cerruti

Co-founder and COO at Northvolt

Leads the development of the largest Lithium Ion battery production in Europe to accelerate the transition to a Carbon
free world.

Former VP Global Supply Chain and Operations Planning at Tesla Motors

Former Director of Purchasing Core Technologies and Director of Supplier Development at Tesla


Carlos Oliveira

Co-founder and Managing Partner at LBC

Professional and Entrepreneur with multidisciplinary involving management consulting, digital transformation, innovation and entrepreneurship support and leadership development

Former Coordinator for Information Society and e-Government for UMIC

Former member of the Portugues Parliament 


Christian Hocken

Managing Partner at the Industrie 4.0 Maturity Center

Responsible for strategic developments as well as customer and partner relations.  

Christian coordinated the acatech Industrie 4.0 Maturity Index study

At FIR an der RWTH Aachen he was Deputy Head of Department Information Management and Head of Group IT Complexity Management

(Industrial IoT)


Irene Li

President and CEO of Acellent Technologies

Specialist in machine applications for industrial sector

Former Global Program Manager for Internet Security at Hewlett-Packard

Former Principal Engineer at British Telecom








Jorge Portugal

General Manager at COTEC

Former Advisor to the President of Portugal for Innovation

Board Member for European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME

Advisory Council Member for ACEPI


Allen Huang

VP, Head of AIOT Platform Engineering at Envision Digital

Before joining Envision, he was a Senior Software Engineer Leader at Microdoft (16 years), IBM (3 years) and Baidu
(3 years)

Stong expertise in B2B and B2C software product and service development, particularly in the fields  IoT and Cloudplatform sectors


Torben Rankine

Partner at LBC with San Francisco Office

Responsible for structuring Silicon Valley Innovation Immersion Programs for companies like Embraer and EDP (Energias de Portugal).

Manager of the start-up accelerator program in San Francisco for Portugal Ventures, one of the leading Venture firms in Portugal. Coordinated program for more than 60 start-ups in the Bay Area.


Felix Optehostert

Senior Manager at i4.0 MC

Shaping Data-Driven Enterprises With A Great Team at I4.0MC

Engineer of data-driven manufacturing companies on the way to export industry 4.0 made in Germany to the
whole world

Former Head of Research Unit Service Engineering at FIR an der
RWTH Aachen


Luís Barroso

CEO at Mobi.E

Mobi.E is the Electric Mobility Network Managing Entity (EGME), responsible for the management and monitoring of the electric charging stations network

Former CFO at Metropolitano de Lisboa, the commuter rail service through metrorail

Before Metropolitano, Luis was with Carris and with the Port Authority
in Lisbon


Sara Barata

Program Manager, Service Partnerships and Market Readiness at Rivian

Rivian designed emissions-free Electric Adventure Vehicles to challenge possibilities

Before Rivian, Sara was a Manager Warranty Operations in Europe for Opel, a management consultant with LBC
and EY








Ed Frank

Founding Partner and CEO at Axis Innovation

Extensive experience in global operational and advisory roles at technology companies.

Background as an entrepreneur and an investor led to the creation of Axis Innovation. Has managed international technology joint ventures, M&A activities and strategic investments and recognized the need for creating an international platform to connect promising startups with global investors


Luis Manuel

Executive Board Member at EDP Inovação

Responsible for EDP's open innovation mechanisms: EDP Ventures (corporate VC fund), EDP Starter (business incubation program), the Open Innovation award, Free Electrons accelerator partnership and other startup development initiatives.


Tobias Harland

Senior Manager for Industrial Practice

Manages digital transformation of manufacturing companies - scientifically founded and practically effective; from strategic positioning to sustainable implementation; from business perspective to technical concept

Conducts Industry 4.0 roadmap studies in manufacturing companies. Develops tools & frameworks to manage the digital transformation of manufacturing companies


Margarida Gonçalves

Partner at LBC for Innovatiom

Coordinated “Valor Metal” project for ANEME: Intervention to Accelerate the Adoption of Industry 4.0 in the Metalworking Sector, including the i4.0 maturity assessment for the sector, the analysis of the potential impact of i4.0 and the identification of strategic options, programs and initiatives to guide companies towards accelerating the adoption of Industry 4.0.





Participation prices

Regular individual registration
Regular individual registration€ 900.00

Price per participant 

Regular group registration (3 or more pax)
Regular group registration (3 or more pax)€ 700.00

Price per participant 

Pitch session (optional)
Pitch session (optional)€ 1,000.00

Price per company

Corporate assessment and roadmapping (optional)
Corporate assessment and roadmapping (optional)NA

Please consult us to assess your company's needs

To guarantee your place and for us
to start engaging and customising to
your interests. 

You will also receive a study on who will lead in the i4.0 ...
China / Europe / USA

To send us a request and setup a videoconference with us.