Storytelling for Innovation - Exclusive for Entrepreneurs 2 day Masterclass

David Riemer


In this two-day masterclass, as an entrepreneur you will:

  • Learn the psychology of why stories are so powerful
  • Understand how to evaluate and improve upon your idea through the lens of a narrative
  • Identify the essential techniques of storytelling to help others fall in love with your idea
  • Practice building and telling stories

David lives at the intersection of innovation and storytelling. He helps entrepreneurs, business professionals and artists focus their ideas through the power of narrative. In short, he helps people get their story straight.

Earlier in his career, David led the ad agency J. Walter Thompson in San Francisco, held senior marketing roles at two tech start-ups and was VP Marketing at Yahoo! in the mid-2000’s.

David now runs Box Out Industries where he works with entrepreneurs, product managers and marketers to develop and convey their product stories. He also started Spiral Staircase Productions to collaborate with artists and is currently developing two original musicals. David teaches innovation and design-thinking at Berkeley-Haas Business school, where he is Executive-in-Residence. He is an advisor at several accelerators (including Berkeley’s Skydeck, 500 Start-ups, and BRIAA) and is a frequent speaker about the power of storytelling.

David also serves as Chair of the Board of the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and Vice President of the Board of the Destiny Arts Center in Oakland. He holds a BA from Brown University and an MBA from Columbia.

Entrepreneurship for Women - 2 day Masterclass

​Gigi Wang & Hilary MJS Weber


In this masterclass about Women in Entrepreneurship Training Program, one can learn:

  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation Culture/Mindset
  • Venture Fundamentals
  • Communications & Pitching, NABC Methodology
  • Pitching, Sharing Ideas/Projects & Team Formation
  • Participants who have an idea or project and want to lead a team give a 2-3 minutes pitch about their idea/project. Teams of form around the ideas or projects that were presented
  • Business Models – How to Make Money
  • Work on Final Venture Pitch

Gigi Wang

Gigi Wang runs a consulting firm, MG-Team, LLC, which delivers entrepreneurship and innovation programs, and services for international business development globally. She is also an Industry Fellow & Faculty at UC Berkeley Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship where she teaches a start-up boot-camp and executive innovation programs. She advises and mentors dozens of start-ups from around the world. Clients have included SAP, Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship, Grupo Aguia Branca (Brazil), NATO, Ecole d’ Ponts Business School, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), SRI International, Verizon Wireless, Lagardere and numerous universities and global incubators.

Before starting up MG-Team, Ms. Wang was on the executive teams of a number of tech start-ups in wireless, software, hardware, and services, across US, Europe, and Asia (including India). As an Internet pioneer in the 90’s, she started up Pacific Internet in Singapore (IPO on NASDAQ in 1999) and launched the internationally reknowned TRUSTe Internet privacy program in 1996.

Gigi holds BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University where she was President of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, and a MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. She is a frequent speaker at entrepreneur and innovation conferences around the world including the World Investment Conference, Food Executive Europe, Silicon Valley Comes to the Baltics, IBM Global Start-Up Camp, and Global R&D Conference.


Hilary is a serial entrepreneur. Her first company, Opportu, is based in San Francisco and is in its sixth year of operation. Opportu provides coaching and consulting related to innovation for both startups/emerging companies and Fortune 500 enterprises. She has co-founded a second company called Innovivi, based in Hyderabad, India. Innovivi is a center of excellence for entrepreneurship and innovation with a special focus on women.

Previously, Hilary directed digital strategy and transformation for Kaiser Permanente. She held similar leadership roles at a division of Thomson, and at Macworld/IDG. In those roles, her own leadership approach encompassed being a mentor, coach and trainer to hundreds of colleagues, direct reports and senior executives. She has presented at many national conferences and other venues, has written multiple print and online articles. Before that, Hilary had executive leadership and P&L responsibility for a privately held firm in New York.

Sample companies Hilary has served include Google, Dropbox, Gensler, Westfield, Cloud Foundry Foundation, SAP, Girls in Tech, the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, Castlight Health and Everlane.

Hilary has recently been appointed as the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lead for the People Centered Internet, an international coalition that aims to put humanity at the center of the internet, and to use the power of the internet to improve lives globally.