Why the Global Innovation Summit?
Innovation is the heart of economic growth. However, only a few regions, like Silicon Valley, have been able to build enduring innovation ecosystems. The Global Innovation Summit is focused on solving one of the overarching questions of our time: how do we intentionally grow innovation ecosystems in new places?
Our vision in 20 years is to make geography irrelevant. Every innovator should have a fair chance to pursue a dream, wherever he or she happens to live.
Why is innovation so constrained?
How can leaders cause more innovation to happen? What are the effective levers to turn interesting inventions into practical innovations? Leaders are eagerly searching for solutions. Policymakers around the world seek to grow economies faster. Corporate executives seek to design and build new products that disrupt markets, drive revenues, and promote social well-being. Entrepreneurs and scientists seek to commercialize new technologies in new markets. Investors are hunting for world-changing opportunities, wherever in the world they may be.
But what is the recipe for systemic innovation?
The answer matters because emerging markets are the future of the world economy. As Fareed Zakaria writes, “We are now living through the third great power shift of the modern era. It could be called ‘the rise of the rest.’” The ten fastest growing economies over the next 40 years and almost all of the world's booming mega-cities will be in emerging markets. Executives, entrepreneurs, investors, and firms who ignore the development of new markets for innovation do so at their own peril. All sectors — from information technology and healthcare to energy, agriculture, and water — will be affected. The summit will link global decision-makers, both in Silicon Valley and the rest of the world.
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Practical Tools for Visionary Leaders
We are convening a major invitation-only gathering of leading entrepreneurs, executives, scientists, inventors, venture capitalists, journalists, investors, policy makers, social entrepreneurs, and innovation thought leaders. The Summit is designed for those who are ready to take action in cultivating new innovation ecosystems. The Summit will be organized around three main themes:
Assessing, measuring, benchmarking, and mapping innovative capacity
Designing real-life, real-time prototype solutions to catalyze innovative growth
Implementing and experimenting with projects to build dynamic innovation ecosystems
Leaders will share experiences, successes, and failures, and develop foundations for best practice. The Summit will focus on the critical elements of all successful innovation ecosystems, including the fostering of trust, innovation-friendly culture, linkages and networking, technology transfer, capital formation, leadership, partnership development, and mentorship. More than mere speeches, the Summit offers insights from leaders, case studies, and roundtable discussions with practitioners, coupled with abundant networking time for emerging market leaders to mingle with Silicon Valley executives and global influencers. Most importantly, the Summit provides practical tools for cultivating dynamic