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Silicon Valley to Host First-Ever Celebration for World's Rising Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/8/prweb11026063.htm

Consortium of 16 Silicon Valley groups announce global innovation week on February 17-21, 2014 to catalyze innovation and entrepreneurship around the world.

Portola Valley, California (PRWEB) August 16, 2013

A consortium of sixteen leading Silicon Valley organizations announced today the launch of Global Innovation Week. The gathering is a week-long festival to be held February 17-21, 2014. It will convene entrepreneurs, policymakers, executives, investors, professionals, and innovators from around the world who seek strategies and techniques to catalyze innovation across entire communities, companies, and countries.

The mission of the event is to grow ecosystems that foster the creation of innovative products, new solutions to the world’s biggest challenges, and sustainable economic growth. Participants will include business, economic, government, and civic leaders who share a common interest in building innovation ecosystems, but who typically might not engage with one another because of geographical, social, or industry divides. Numerous events, activities, discussions, panels, and workshops during the week will provide participants with opportunities to share and learn how to cultivate environments that drive innovation.

The event is being organized by T2 Venture Creation, a Silicon Valley firm that grows startup companies and helps communities design innovative ecosystems. According to CEO Victor W. Hwang, “Silicon Valley is rolling out the red carpet to the world. This is the first time that so many key organizations in the Valley have joined together to share ideas and practices on how to build innovative communities. Our vision is to create the biggest ever gathering of the world’s ecosystem builders. We want this to be a global conversation among innovators from all walks of life, from all corners of the planet.”

Founding partner organizations include the following groups. More are expected to join in the coming weeks and months: 

  • Angels’ Forum – investing in and mentoring Silicon Valley startups from seed stage (Carol Sands, CEO)
  • Anno Domini – urban contemporary art & culture in San Jose (Cherri Lakey & Brian Eder, Co-Founders)
  • BayBio – supporting Northern California’s life science community (Gail Maderis, CEO)
  • BayBrazil – facilitating ties between Silicon Valley and Brazil (Margarise Correa, CEO)
  • Cascadance – hosting a one day women’s innovation design lab (Janet Crawford, CEO)
  • German Silicon Valley Accelerator – bridging Germany and Silicon Valley (Dirk Kanngiesser, CEO)
  • Investors’ Circle – investor network for social impact (Bonny Moellenbrock, CEO)
  • Israeli Executives & Founders Forum – entrepreneurial links with Israel (Moshik Raccah, Co-Founder)
  • Licensing Executives Society (Silicon Valley) – supporting intellectual property and technology innovators (Larry Udell, Chairman Emeritus and Co-Founder)
  • Sand Hill Angels – providing early-stage venture and mentor capital (Sarosh Kumana, CEO)
  • Silicon Vikings – connecting the Nordics to Silicon Valley (Adiba Cremonini, Executive Director)
  • SVForum – linking emerging tech innovators (Susan Lucas-Conwell, Interim CEO)
  • T2 Venture Creation – venture firm growing startups and ecosystems (Victor W. Hwang, CEO)
  • TiE Silicon Valley – fostering global entrepreneurs, creating links to India & Pakistan (Raj Desai, CEO)
  • TechWadi – building bridges between Silicon Valley and the Arab world (Ossama Hassanein, CEO)
  • Women’s Startup Lab – accelerator lab to empower women leaders of tomorrow (Ari Horie, CEO)

Global Innovation Week is an outgrowth of the first Global Innovation Summit in July 2012. The second Global Innovation Summit on February 17-19, 2014 will serve as the anchor event for the weeklong festivities. The Summit’s Executive Chair, Alfred Watkins, is the former Coordinator for Science, Technology, and Innovation of the World Bank.

The inaugural Summit last year drew more than 400 leaders from 49 countries on every continent except Antarctica. Participants focused on growing their entrepreneurial and innovative communities and represented governments, businesses, foundations, academia, professional services, the creative arts, and more. Key partners included USAID, Lemelson Foundation, World Bank, African Development Bank, Skoll Foundation, and many others.

“The culture of Silicon Valley has set the pace for business worldwide,” said Kish Rajan, Director of the California Governor’s Office for Business and Economic Development (GoBiz). “This conference is about sharing Silicon Valley’s lessons about how to foster collaboration and drive innovation globally.”

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Thank you for attending GIS 2012!

Dear GIS Family:

Wow.

We can’t think of any other word to describe the first Global Innovation Summit.  We convened 400 people from 49 countries.  We saw 57 ecosystem pitches uploaded for the world to see.  We experienced the immeasurable buzz, collaboration, and sense of common purpose.  It was an amazing feeling.  And profoundly humbling. 

First of all, thank you.  We can’t express enough gratitude to you for joining our ambitious adventure.  In the beginning, we asked ourselves a simple but radical question: would it be possible to reinvent economic development?  Could we foster the next generation of “doers” trying to grow innovation around the world, by shifting our focus from fragmented projects to whole ecosystems?  And who would even care about building Rainforests?

What we didn’t know is how you would respond.  And you blew us away.

Clearly, a community of “Rainforest Makers” has been born.  It stretches across the globe.  Many of you have talked or written to us in the past week, expressing how meaningful the Summit has been to you.  Several of you have shared how the Summit has completely transformed your work already: you are redesigning programs, rewriting reports, and rethinking assumptions.  Some of you even came to us in tears, as the realization dawned that you are not alone, that you have fellow travelers who share your passion and values, and that there are practical tools to light the pathway ahead.

There were lots of things we did right.  And there were lots of things we could have done better.  As we go forward, here is what we are focusing on right now to help nurture this great community:

1.     We want to help you build Rainforests.  This means that we need to keep an active sustained dialogue in the coming year with this newborn community.  Thus, we need to hear from you.  What do you want from us?  How can we support your work?  Which tools can we help develop for you?  We can’t promise we can do all of it, but we will do our best to support your efforts around the world. 

2.     Communicate, collaborate.  We are going to maintain active communities on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, so that you can provide feedback to us and share ideas and opportunities with each other.

3.     Select GIS 2013 dates.  Please help us by voting on possible dates for the Summit in 2013 by clicking here.  Given our global audience, we are trying to be sensitive to different vacations and religious holidays next year.

4.     Contacts.  We are working on a way to share attendee names without violating anyone’s privacy.  Please stay tuned.

5.     Presentations.  We have uploaded several of the presentations at the Summit.  You can find them here.  We plan to upload more soon.

6.     Call to Action.  We need your help to turn goodwill into action.  In the next several months, we want you to form active working groups to tackle some of the world’s toughest challenges by building ecosystem-wide solutions.  By next year’s Summit, we want to hear about real-live Rainforests that have been prototyped, field-tested, and are making an impact.  We want to highlight some of your case studies at the Summit in 2013, so let us know how they’re going!

There are a bunch of other things we are working on.  We plan to edit the Summit video and make it available to you.  We are compiling the feedback questionnaires you filled out.  We are designing, organizing, and raising sponsorships for GIS 2013, so we welcome your suggestions and support.

As we continue to transform this “adventure” into a real-world Rainforest that supports you in your work, we ask that you continue to live the basic values that drive the growth of innovation ecosystems, so that we may teach others by example.  Break rules and dream.  Open doors and listen.  Trust and be trusted.  Experiment and iterate together.  Seek fairness, not advantage.  Err, fail, and persist.  Pay it forward.

With deep humility and appreciation to all of you,

Al Watkins                            Victor W. Hwang                           Greg Horowitt
Executive Chair                 Executive Director                       Co-Founder
& Co-Founder                   & Co-Founder

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Final Tally: 400 people, 49 countries

Last week, 400 people from 49 countries gathered at the GIS to learn, collaborate, and experiment on how to cultivate innovation ecosystems. It was a thrilling, and humbling, experience.

In the final tally, we had delegates from the following countries:

Argentina
Australia
Belize
Botswana
Brazil
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Canada
Chile
China
Colombia
Costa Rica
Denmark
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
France
Germany
India
Italy
Japan
Jordan
Kenya
Lebanon
Malaysia
Mexico
Morocco
Niger
Nigeria
Paraguay
Peru
Poland
Republic of Korea
Rwanda
Singapore
Slovenia
South Africa
Switzerland
Taiwan
Tanzania
The Gambia
Trinidad
Tunisia
UAE
USA
United Kingdom
Uruguay
Vietnam

 

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Bike Tour of Stanford University Campus

Join us on a leisurely bike tour of the Stanford University Campus on Monday, July 16th arranged by Soody Tronson of STLGIP and led by our team of local business owners. Please contact biketour@stlgip.com ASAP to reserve your spot in this group. Maximum capacity 30 people. When requesting registration, please include your full information.

Tour Ambassadors will meet you at 7:30 am in the hotel lobby. Hop on the local bus (or shuttle) and the train to get to the Stanford Campus Bike Shop where you will be greeted by the rest of the Ambassadors. Fitted with your bike, the tour will take you through the Campus with stops along the way:  Bike through the Memorial Church; Visit the Cantor Art Museum and the Rodin Sculpture Garden exhibiting the entire Rodin collection; See a panoramic view of the area from the Hoover Tower. After dropping off the bikes, the group will make a stop at one of the popular campus eateries for lunch after which we will head back to arrive at the Hotel by 4 pm.

Please have on hand enough cash to cover the cost of incidentals; transportation, bike rental, and food. Bring along a credit card for your bike deposit. Total cost is estimated about $50 excluding food.  Please have the bike rental and liability release forms filled out ahead of time. Forms and schedule details will be made available to the bike tour registrants via email ahead of time.  Wear clothing appropriate for the activity.

Our Bike Tour Sponsors and Ambassadors Include

 Soody Tronson, Principal at STLG_IP, a boutique intellectual property firm with global reach; Lecturer, Mentor, Advisor, Advocate for non-profit and healthcare organizations and Innovations with Purpose.

 

Oscar Nunez of HighNoteCoffee, Owner, Roaster, Importer/Exporter of green coffees primarily from Central and South America, member of SquadraSF Cycling Racing Team.

 

Jamii North of North Fitness, Owner, Triathlete, Fitness and sports trainer using a holistic approach in individually-based programs, with advanced degrees in Sports Medicine and Kinesiology.

 

Matthew McDonald, a Los Altos local and purveyor of bicycles, host of local advocacy groups and promoter of Bay Area projects such as the Grand Boulevard Project, Project for Public Spaces, community development, and revitalization.

 

 

Delfin “Del” Villaflor, Cyclist and local Entrepreneur in the bicycling and e-commerce industries, Owner of an active-wear line of clothing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Franco Campilongo of Terrone Restaurant, Owner, and a member of SquadraSF Cycling Racing Team.

 

 

Click Here to download a PDF of this information.

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40 countries!

We are pleased that the Summit has already confirmed registrants from 40 countries, which blows past all of our prior expectatations. And we will probably get more countries in the next few days.  We look forward to seeing everyone soon!  So far, we have participants from:

Argentina
Australia
Belize
Botswana
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Canada
Chile
Colombia
Costa Rica
Denmark
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
France
Gambia
India
Italy
Japan
Jordan
Kenya
Lebanon
Malaysia
Mexico
Morocco
Nigeria
Paraguay
Peru
Poland
Republic of Korea
Rwanda
Singapore
Slovenia
South Africa
Switzerland
Tunisia
UAE
UK
USA
Vietnam

 

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Additional GIS workshop: innovation capital

We are offering an additional pre-conference workshop on Monday, July 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a modest fee.  Attendance is limited.  If you are interested, please sign up by following the link below:

Workshop: Basics of Innovation Capital

  • Why is funding innovation different than just writing lots of small checks?   
  • How is innovation capital (including venture/angel funding) structured differently from other forms of capital? 
  • What are the lessons of the Silicon Valley venture capital industry, and can they be translated to other markets?

This four-hour workshop takes place before the start of the inaugural Global Innovation Summit on Monday, July 16.  Participants will review the entire life cycle of the innovation capital continuum, from R&D to proof-of-concept, commercialization, seed/angel funding, venture capital, and other forms. We will provide practical tools for attendees to frame, develop, and implement these capital structures in new markets.  

Instructors include: Greg Horowitt (T2 Venture Capital), Bruce Jenett (DLA Piper), and several other speakers with expertise in the field.

The fee is $95.  Seats are limited.  REGISTER ASAP at: http://gisworkshop.eventbrite.com/ 

 

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Hotels, dining, and local information for the Summit

Our special room rate with the San Jose Marriott has expired, and the hotel is close to sold out. 

If you cannot find available rooms at the Marriott at this point, you can visit www.sanjose.org to look at additional hotels in the area.  This website is also helpful for suggestions on dining, tourism, entertainment, and general travel information in and around San Jose.

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GIS updates, here and there...

The Global Innovation Summit is coming together in an amazing way.  We are pleased that we are on track to have over 300 participants from over 30 countries.  And we still have 8 weeks to go!

Kudos to our top-notch organizing committee, which is doing a stellar job at putting this event together. 

If you want some of our latest thinking on building innovation ecosystems, please check out our blog at www.innovationrainforest.com

Thanks for all your enthusiastic support!

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Looking for Student Volunteer Guides at the GIS!

Be part of the first summit of its kind, and network with the world's innovation leaders. This is a rare opportunity to work intimately with some of the great minds of today and innovators of tomorrow. Join this groundbreaking gathering building innovation ecosystems around the world.

The Global Innovation Summit in Silicon Valley on July 16-18, 2012 will bring together the world’s leaders from governments, corporations, venture capital, NGOs, startups, and academia who seek to cultivate innovation ecosystems.

Our purpose: to transform entire economies by accelerating innovation-based growth.
Our vision: within 20 years, every innovator in the world will have the potential to realize his or her dream, regardless of geography.
Learn more about the summit here:
www.innosummit.com

As an Innovation Guide, you will be facilitating real-life, real-time interactive workshops to prototype solutions for the real world, applying design thinking to global development. You will be responsible for your tribe, consisting of policy makers, business executives, investors, scientists, and entrepreneurs—from dozens of countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.

About You: You are a graduate student interested in global healthcare, food security, clean water, information technology, sustainable energy, capital formation, design thinking and/or intellectual property.
You're a people person, outgoing, personable.
Thick skinned, positive attitude and confident.
Comfortable with concepts of networking, relationship-building, collaboration and trust.
Self starter, agile – able to adapt to curve balls
Can commit to attending the entire event, July 16th, 17th and 18th in Silicon Valley.

To apply, please write to Dylan Fiesel at dfiesel@gmail.com

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ANNOUNCING THE GLOBAL INNOVATION SUMMIT

WORLD GATHERING ON BUILDING INNOVATION ECOSYSTEMS,
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MAJOR DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTIONS 

April 16, 2012 

Dear Friends:

We are extremely pleased and honored to announce the Global Innovation Summit!

This invitation-only event is a gathering of hundreds of “thoughtful, iconoclastic doers” from around the world who share a common interest in practical solutions for sustainable development through global innovation.  We will focus exclusively on one of the biggest development challenges of our time: how do we create innovation ecosystems worldwide?  Our vision is ambitious, which is nothing less than to reshape the entire way we think about economic development and growth.  The event will take place in the heart of Silicon Valley on July 16-18.  You can read more at www.innosummit.com.  

The Global Innovation Summit will be the first major event in Silicon Valley produced in collaboration with the world’s leading development institutions.  Our partners include the World Bank, the OECD, the African Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and many other organizations.  We expect several hundred people from emerging markets to participate, including ministers, entrepreneurs, scientists, and other innovators.  Additionally, the event will feature leading companies, venture capital firms, academic institutions, NGOs, and startups from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the OECD.  

Participation is by invitation only, but prospective attendees may apply for an invitation.  Here is what attendees should expect at the Summit:

  • Active participation.  Attendees will be actively engaged as full participants throughout the entire event.  Unlike typical events where most attendees are passive listeners, each individual’s active participation at the GIS actually matters to the overall outcome.
  • Join a family.  All invitees to the GIS are like-minded individuals with similar goals, who believe that dynamic innovation ecosystems are the key to generating jobs, income, and economic development sustainably around the world.  Each attendee will be assigned to a House of 12-15 people at the GIS.  The House becomes a close working group throughout the course of the Summit.  Each House will be assigned a student Guide, who will facilitate the event experience for attendees.
  • Open new vistas.  Expand networks, meet partners, open markets, and learn from people with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.  Attendees will learn about more effective programs to cultivate dynamic innovation ecosystems, based on real-life examples of how others have succeeded and/or failed in other places.
  • Solve real problems.  Attendees will participate in hands-on, interactive case study sessions to design real-world solutions to real-world innovation and entrepreneurship challenges in sectors, such as food, health, water, energy, and information technologies.  Attendees will gain insights into why traditional innovation programs usually fail to achieve their desired results and how to design more effective programs to foster systemic innovation.
  • Have fun.  Attendees will participate in the world’s first Ecosystem Pitch Contest, where selected Summit attendees will present their proposed ecosystem solutions to the entire audience, with a live feedback panel comprised of leading global development funders.  Plus, there will be numerous surprises during the event.

Please visit our website as soon as possible at www.innosummit.com/register to apply for an invitation and/or register your attendance.  Event capacity is limited, so sign up soon.

Please register early, as early bird pricing provides a 50% discount by May 15.  This means that general registration is available for $995 instead of the normal registration rate of $1990. Students, small nonprofits, and small startups can register for $250 instead of the normal registration rate of $500.

We are delighted to welcome everyone to this community of doers.  We look forward to seeing you in Silicon Valley in July!

Alfred Watkins
Executive Chair, Global Innovation Summit

Victor W. Hwang
Executive Director, Global Innovation Summit

Greg Horowitt

 

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Welcome to our new site!

We're proud to announce innosummit.com, the web resource for the 2012 Global Innovation Summit.

Join us July 16–18, 2012 in our ambitious vision to create the defining global development event of its kind, bringing together the builders of the worldwide innovation ecosystem in one place each year.

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