CONNECT Global Innovation Summit

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 Innovation Summit is for you.

The 2014 Summit, scheduled for February 19-21, 2015, will provide attendees the unprecedented occasion to engage in dynamic discussions that aim to foster the creation of LaunchPad communities for advancing international commerce resources for global-born emerging companies. Summit attendees will also experience the new interactive community platform for sharing best practices and mentoring talent among CONNECT-like organizations, which sets the stage for innovation regions to support their respective companies in accessing global markets.

  • 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.

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:

Karen Winston
Vice President, Program Development
Phone: (858) 964-1346
Fax: (858) 964-1301


Petra Stegmann
Assistant Director, Business Creation & Development
Phone: (858) 964-1315
Fax: (858) 964-1301

San Diego
Office Address

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

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La Jolla, CA 92037