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Entrepreneurs who want to change the world are meeting in Silicon Valley this October. Applications open until September 13th


Dynamic, Positive, International is the Silicon Valley. Its culture is contagious and it careally change your life. The Silicon Valley Technology Venture Launch Program TVLP ( is an immersive 20-day experience to learn Silicon Valley from inside. Four times a year, TVLP brings to Menlo Park, in the heart of Silicon Valley, entrepreneurs from different countries of the world to develop the venture ideas of tomorrow and absorb the Valley’s culture.

ITEMS International is partnering with TVLP to give a premium access to Silicon Valley to French and international ventures in its network.

Silicon Valley is the epicenter of technology entrepreneurship, the place where Twitter, Facebook, Tesla, Uber, Google, and Apple were born. Beyond that, it is unique in its incredible network of highly skilled professionals who have migrated here from cultures all over the world. The Valley is where “anything can happen”, the place where you can learn to “think and act big” and positive. Nobody cares how old you are, how you dress, or what nationality you are. The most important thing is what you are able to do.

TVLP is a perfectly designed combination of lectures, mentoring, and social events. It provides state-of-the-art training along with valuable networking opportunities. The classes are taught by a ‘dream-team’ faculty comprised of celebrated entrepreneurs and thought leaders who teach at globally recognized universities (Stanford, Berkeley and Santa Clara). Mentoring is provided by Silicon Valley based investors and entrepreneurs who work with each participant to refine his or her venture concept.  That includes some personalized help in developing and delivering an effective pitch. During the final event, those with the best pitches will have a chance to present to investors. To round out this experience, participants are involved into a variety of networking events as well as visits to investors, startups, incubators, and renowned high tech firms.

Next TVLP program is FALL 2015: from October 18 to November 5, 2015. It is limited to 20 participants. So far the program selected alumni from Belgium, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Arab Emirates, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Russia, Hungary, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and Ukraine; age 22-53 years.

Scholarships are available in several countries including France. Applications are open until August 30, 2015 (upcoming selection round) and until September 13, 2015. To apply visit today

Twitter: @svTVLP


Items International support ICF-Intelligent Community Forum Summit


The ICF Summit is an international gathering of mayors, chief administrative officers, chief information officers and economic development officers from cities, states and regions around the world.  Produced in partnership with thePolytechnic Institute of New York University, it is a unique opportunity to learn from the world’s most dynamic communities how to use information and communications technology to build prosperous, inclusive and sustainable communities.

Use this code to register with a discount: PTR2014

For more information and to register, visit

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New book published by Items International & PTI-Public Technology Institute:  Smarter Cities for a Bright Sustainable Future:  A Global Perspective by Sylviane Toporkoff , Sébastien Lévy & Alan Shark. 

Available on amazon: cities alan shark

This book is the fourth in a series of global thought-leader books that contains the works from thought-leaders around the globe. The contributing authors currently residing in no less than 10 countries including France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, South Africa, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Estonia, and Russia, in addition to the United States. The twenty-seven chapters reveal that there is far more in common than not, as each author shares their research and insights, all aimed at helping the reader better understand and appreciate the contemporary smart city movement.

As the smart cities movement gains attention, some have been critical -going as far to say that this is only a passing fad or a relabeling of current events. Whether this is a fad or not, one thing is crystal clear, cities are growing and are here to stay.It is an undeniable fact that growing populations place an enormous strain on our cities in terms of transportation, infrastructure, public safety, health, education, and the quality of natural resources such as water and air. Finally there is the issue of energy and sustainability from an environmental perspective.

The fall of ancient Rome may not have happened in a day, but its decline and those of other, once great, cities provide both lessons and warnings that are instructive. These lessons remind us that in the end cities are a profound collection of citizens, and without their meaningful engagement we may be left with cities that are no longer smart.