CONNECT Global Summit

CONNECT Global Summit – Postponed as of 1.12.15

Please contact Claire Bula, Director of Marketing and Communications at with any questions or for further information.

There are many international commercialization conferences, but only one that will provide you with international LaunchPads and support to help your local companies access global markets PLUS a platform to put your local companies in front of the California investment community. If you’re looking for sustainable methods to attract early stage capital and stimulate innovation and concrete programs you can implement to stay regionally competitive and help your region compete globally, the CONNECT Global Summit is for you

Tired of stuffy hotel rooms and endless panel sessions?  We are, too!  This year we’re taking our discussions on the road with an Innovation Center Tour in San Diego.

  • Rather than talk about incubators, visit one.
  • Rather than a session on corporate strategic partnering, tour some of the large, dynamic corporate centers of innovation and hear directly from the engineers and scientists who are responsible for bringing novel ideas to reality.
  • Rather than describe the innovation your region is known for, bring some representative companies on tour with us and have them present to strategic corporate partners.

The 2015 CONNECT Global Summit, scheduled for February 19-21, 2015, will provide attendees with a unique meeting experience. If you’re bored with stuffy hotel ballrooms and endless panel sessions, you’ll enjoy this year’s “On Location in San Diego” Summit, complete with tours of several innovation centers around town. There will still be a couple of panel sessions, but they will be balanced with time for company profiles in front of strategic corporate partners. Among the session topics are:

1. Trends in Global Funding: How successfully is your region utilizing crowdfunding?

2. Trends in Incubators: Do you have a regional example of co-locating innovators for faster, cheaper launches?

3. Regional Challenges and Solutions: How has your region overcome a barrier to innovation and/or collaboration?

4. Strategic Partnering: How do your large corporate partners continue innovating? What examples can you bring to the Summit?

5. Technology Transfer: Is your relationship with your research universities and institutes resulting in quality innovations and commercialization and/or licensing opportunities?

Tech Matching & Company Profiles with Summit Sponsorship

On Location in San Diego includes opportunities for regions to size-up their top innovators as potential tech matches to the strategic partners we’ll be visiting and who will also be joining us in the general audience.  The strategic partners will be life sciences and high technology focused.  If your region has potential matches, you’ll be invited to submit executive summaries for consideration.  If selected, your company will be invited to present its technology and company profile before the strategic partners, investors, and the Summit audience.

Note on Costs:  Regions with companies selected for company profile presentations to strategic partners “on tour” will be recognized as Summit Sponsors (cost:  $5,000). In addition to technology presentations, the companies will receive coaching services by CONNECT to prepare for the presentations.   Additional benefits include Summit Sponsorship recognition, Summit registration, and panel session participation.

Who Attends?  (approximately 150 attendees; 15 countries represented)

Regional innovation centers/accelerators/incubators/intermediaries
Corporate strategic partners
Licensing scouts/business development managers
Emerging companies
Trade experts
Capital sources

REGISTRATION COSTS HOTEL (Book by January 28, 2015 for group rate)
General $245 early bird rate until December 31, 2014
Government/Non-Profit $245
CONNECT member/Global CONNECT Affiliate $199
Hyatt Regency La Jolla
$195 room rate
3777 La Jolla Village Dr, San Diego, CA 92122
Phone: (858) 552-1234


Calendar February 19-21, 2015 and join Summit attendees from more than 15 countries along with representatives from CONNECT-like organizations as we discuss, share, and brainstorm new ways to support and deliver resources to our respective innovators and entrepreneurs in accessing global markets and building partnerships.

  • Build lasting partnerships with like-minded regional innovation leaders, leading entrepreneurs, scientists, venture capitalists, and innovation-thought leaders.
  • Bring home practical solutions you can implement.

We look forward to welcoming you to San Diego in February!


Unraveling the Cultural and Social Dynamics of Regional Innovation Systems by Mary L. Walshok, Ph.D., Joshua D. Shapiro, Ph.D., Nathan J. Owens; UC San Diego, January 2013

Transnational innovation networks aren’t all created equal:  towards a classification system, by Mary L. Walshok, Ph.D., Joshua D. Shapiro, Ph.D., Nathan J. Owens; UC San Diego, Springer Science+Business Media, New York 2012

2013 Global CONNECT Summit (October 20-21, 2013)

TWO CONFERENCES – ONE OBJECTIVE:  Power Up Your Technology Innovation and Economic Development

Mark your calendar: Visit San Diego October 20-23 and make the most of your stay by attending two of the top regional and international conferences in the same week: the Global CONNECT Summit (Oct. 20-21) and WBT (World’s Best Technologies) Innovation Marketplace (Oct.22-23). 

  • New date, new location, expanded program:  October 20-23, 2013, Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina (Bay Tower)
  • More investor and licensing opportunities
  • More time for sharing best practices
  • More time to develop cross-region and international deal flow relationships
  • Maximize your investment in time and travel
  • Special pricing when you sign up for all four days

These two conferences were intentionally scheduled back-to-back and at the same hotel this year with you in mind as we want you to get the most out of your trip to San Diego.

Basic Pricing for 2013 Global CONNECT Summit:

General Admission: $255  (save up to 20% when signing up for all 4 days to include the WBT)
CONNECT members/partners: $195 (save up to 20% when signing up for all 4 days to include the WBT)
On-Site: $285

Registration is open!

Book hotel room at the Sheraton before September 27 to get the group rate!

More information here.

2012 Global CONNECT Summit

Unleashing Sustainable Innovation Clusters and Connecting International Markets

Delegates from 14 countries representing more than 30 different regional innovation clusters gathered to build relationships for brokering innovation development across borders as well as to learn from each other and to share best practices.  Additionally, early stage technology and life sciences companies were invited to present before investors and the Summit audience to develop funding and cross marketing interest.  Over the two day Summit, held in San Diego, more than 150 people attended.

The two day Summit was preceded by a closed workshop designed for the Global CONNECT offices, of which there are approximately 50 worldwide.  In this more intimate setting, the delegates discussed global bridging to strengthen innovation outcomes and mutual entrepreneurial programming.

Speaker Highlights from 2012 Summit

Doug Henton, Chairman and CEO, Collaborative Economics
David Fransen, Ph.D., Consul General of Canada, Los Angeles
Ambassador Charles Shapiro, President, Institute of the Americas
Mary Walshok, Ph.D., Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Programs, UC San Diego
Andrea Kates, Founder, Business Genome Project, author, Find Your Next
Rebecca Bagley, President and CEO, NorTech
Sandra Brown, Vice Chancellor for Research, UC San Diego
Ed Holmes, Ph.D., Executive Deputy Chairman, Biomedical Research Council, A*STAR
David Johnson, President & CEO, BioCrossroads
Robert Matthews, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer, West Health Institute
Omar Mencin, Ph.D., Manager, Investment Group, Ben Franklin Technology Partners
James Schaeffer, Ph.D., Executive Director, Merck Research Laboratories on behalf of Calibr
Larry Stambaugh, Managing Director, Centre for Bioinspiration, San Diego Zoo Global
Mario Thomas, Ph.D., Managing Director, Centre of Excellence for Commercialization of Research, Ontario
Mark Winter, Sr. Director, Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE and Nokia Sensing X CHALLENGE
Brian Wong, Principal Manager, Investment and Spin-Off Management, Exploit Technologies Pte Ltd (Singapore)

Session Highlights from 2012 Summit

Creating International LaunchPads to Boost Exports
Mobilizing Innovation Resources to Stay Regionally Competitive
Sustainable Investment Models for Early Stage Companies
Measuring the Success of Regional Innovation
Proof of Concept Centers:  Support at a Critical Phase
Are You Future Market Ready?
Cross-Regional Market Opportunities

For full details and speaker bios, visit the event site: 2012 Global CONNECT Summit.


Program Contact:

Phone: (858) 964-1300
Fax: (858) 964-1301
San Diego
Office Address

8950 Villa La Jolla Drive
Suite A124
La Jolla, CA 92037