How do you design ecosystems that empower innovators, entrepreneurs, and doers?
What are the tools for massively scaling initiatives to create jobs and wealth, impact the world, and generate new solutions to big problems?
We seek to catalyze systemic, sustainable innovation across entire companies, communities, and countries. Join us – along with nearly 800 of your fellow ecosystem builders from over 50 countries – as we connect, learn, and create together. It all happens on February 17-21, 2014 in Silicon Valley. The Global Innovation Summit, an invitation-only event, is the centerpiece of Global Innovation Week, which is open to everyone and features multiple events and activities throughout the region.
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(Early bird pricing through November 22nd.)
In 2012, we put out a call that, frankly, we weren’t sure would be answered. We were driven by an ambitious mission:
Our vision is to make geography irrelevant to innovation. Every innovator deserves a fighting chance to pursue a dream, wherever they happen to be.
We believed there was a community of global doers who were trying to accomplish what others said was impossible. They believed that every innovator could achieve great things if simply given a fighting chance, a level playing field, and a spot at the starting line. That new ideas, solutions, and ventures could flourish anywhere, even in the most “unlikely” places and challenge-riddled regions.
That we could cultivate entire ecosystems to support innovation.
So we trusted our guts. We set a date, we found a space, and we put on an event. The results… overwhelmed us.
The first Global Innovation Summit was a sold-out Silicon Valley success. More than 400 leaders, from 49 countries on every continent (minus Antarctica) came together, representing governments, businesses, foundations, academia, professional services, the creative arts, and more. What started as an idea became an expression of common belief, proclaiming loudly that: innovation is a great lever to transform the world, that economic value can be unlocked everywhere, and that serendipity can be designed across entire countries, regions, and corporations. We uncovered a community of “ecosystem makers” searching for a place to exchange ideas, a network to help them grow, and practical tools to solve real problems.
We discovered a desperate hunger for answers. Trillions of dollars and billions of lives are at stake when we consider the opportunity costs. Think of the countless lives lost because life-saving therapies never make it to market, the hungry bellies of young children that could have been filled with the aid of agricultural technologies, the conflicts erupting over diminishing water supplies, the blood and treasure spilled over scarce energy resources, and the wasted opportunities because people with valuable information were unable to share it with others who needed it.
But the quest is not over. The success of last year’s Summit was the beginning, not the end. To catalyze the potential of this community, to unleash the economic opportunities waiting within, we need your help. To create new methods of finance, matching entrepreneurial innovation to the capital necessary for growth. To deploy high impact innovations around the world, in health, water, agriculture, energy, and beyond, effectively aligning opportunities and needs. To nourish cultures that drive innovation, where ideas have room to rise, the resources to do more than dream, and the opportunity to create lasting change.
Whatever your mission, whatever your role, if you share these goals, if you believe that innovation is the path toward a better tomorrow toward growth and progress across the globe, then we have a place for you.
So we ask you: join us for the Global Innovation Summit 2014. Be a part of designing the future we all want to see.
Victor Hwang, Mark Newberg, and the entire team at the Global Innovation Summit