Global Innovation Summit + Week in Silicon Valley

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Join Silicon Valley’s first-ever festival celebrating the ecosystems that grow startups, and drive entrepreneurship, technology, and economic impact

Come join us! The Global Innovation Summit + Week

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"Silicon Valley is rolling out the red carpet to the world", said Victor Hwang, Executive Director of Global Innovation Summit.

The Global Innovation Summit +Week is the world's leading event focused on fostering systemic innovation in startup communities and across companies, cities and countries. The main event, Global Innovation Summit, seeks to grow innovation ecosystems that can stimulate the creation of breakthrough products, design new solutions to big challenges, and catalyze sustainable economic growth and wealth. Last year, the event brought together 400 participants from 49 countries. Sponsors include Bing (Microsoft), United Nations Foundation, City of San Jose, USAID, DLA Piper, Kaufman Fellows and SVForum. The Summit is to be held on Feb 17-19 at the San Jose Marriott.

The Global Innovation Summit presents the greatest-ever gathering of rock stars of innovation, entrepreneurship and technology. Our lineup crosses cross multiple sectors: startups, social impact, academia, and the creative arts. Steve Blank, startup guru with a remarkable career in 8 high-tech companies; AnnaLee Saxenian, pioneering Berkeley scholar on innovation networks; Wayne Silby, the "godfather" of impact investing; Danae Ringelmann, Founder & Chief Customer Officer at Indiegogo; Brad Feld, TechStars, Author of Startup Communities; David Tennenhouse, Corporate VP Technology Policy of Microsoft; Nancy Pfund, among the most successful impact investors ever; Eric Ball, SVP of Finance at Oracle; plus many more speakers.

The Global Innovation Summit offers the newest insights, cutting-edge tools and “Design Labs”. The attendees will learn why designing ecosystems can enhance the future of business, innovation, and human potential. The Design Labs will teach attendees on how to create and prototype solutions by applying design thinking to the hardest systemic challenges. Our facilitation team also runs the design lab at Davos's World Economic Forum.

The Global Innovation Week is a consortium of 20+ leading groups in the region that are co-hosting affiliated activities related to innovation ecosystems. The gathering is a week-long festival to be held throughout the Bay Area, February 17-21. Events include: women & innovation, indoor street festival, int'l tech transfer panel, bike tour, Estonian technology, Brazilian creativity, software platforms, life science incubation, a play about Buckminster Fuller, and many more.

The Art of Innovation is an indoor street festival sponsored by the City of San Jose. The creative spirit will be on display for an eclectic evening of arts & culture, performances & exhibition, music & media. Our partner Anno Domini Gallery is organizing an event with 40+ artists and performers, exploring a range of innovative styles. It happens on the evening of Wednesday, February 19 at San Jose Convention Center. FREE to attend.

The Global Innovation Week events include:

  • The Art of Innovation sponsored by the City of San Jose and by Anno Domini Gallery
  • Apps to Platforms: The Hows & Whys by SVForum
  • The Women & Innovation Lab by Cascadance
  • Bike Tour of Stanford University Campus by STLGip Law Firm
  • Technology Transfer Models and Impact on Innovation: An International Discussion by STLGip Law Firm
  • Kauffman Fellows: U.S. Launch of New Journal on Venture Capital Formation by Kauffman Fellows
  • Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibition at The Tech Museum of Innovation
  • Estonia Demo Showcase by e-Estonia
  • Corporate Innovation Outposts - Research Update by German Silicon Valley Accelerators
  • Case Studies in the Silicon Valley Innovation System & Tour of TechShop by TechShop
  • Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe by San Jose Repertory Theatre
  • Innovate with Women & Realize Higher ROI by Women’s Startup Lab and Banducci Consulting
  • SOURCE: Solutions from Our Country’s Entrepreneurs by The Hitachi Foundation, Investors' Circle and Village Capital
  • Innovative Life Science Incubator Experience by BayBio and The Bay Area BioEconomy Initiative
  • Creativity & Innovation in Brazil by BayBrazil
  • Convening the Conveners by Opportunity Collaboration
  • Franchise for Humanity
  • Driving Disruption: An Evening with Women Entrepreneurs by The Center for Women's    Entrepreneurial Leadership and Silicon Vikings
  • Startup Showcase by T2 Venture Creation

T2 Venture Creation, a Silicon Valley firm that grows startup companies and helps communities design innovative ecosystems, is organizing the event. 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.”

A more in-depth look at how to cultivate entire ecosystems to support innovation will be held at the beginning of the week with the Global Innovation Summit on February 17-19, 2014. This event will engage attendees as they build their own ecosystem in a dynamic breakout, listen to innovation leaders from throughout the world and network with entrepreneurs, executives, scientists, inventors, venture capitalists, journalists, investors, policy makers, social entrepreneurs, and innovation thought leaders from more than 50 countries who strive to make a difference.

Hwang enforces that mission by adding, “Our vision is to make geography irrelevant to innovation. Every innovator deserves a fighting chance to pursue a dream, wherever they happen to be.”
Attendance to the Global Innovation Summit is by invitation only, but interested candidates can apply for an invitation at and click on the registration link.

The Global Innovation Summit ( on February 17-19, 2014 is a conference in Silicon Valley on how to foster the growth of innovation ecosystems to drive entrepreneurship, technology, and economic impact. The first Summit in 2012 brought together over 400 innovators from 49 countries, representing governments, corporations, venture capital, NGOs, startups, and academia. The Global Innovation Summit is the centerpiece of Global Innovation Week, which features multiple events and activities throughout the region. The weeklong affair was organized by T2 Venture Creation, a Silicon Valley venture firm and ecosystem design studio.

The Global Innovation Week ( on February 17-21, 2014 is a consortium of 20+ leading groups throughout the Bay Area that have agreed to co-host affiliated activities related to innovation ecosystems. The weeklong affair was organized by T2 Venture Creation, a Silicon Valley venture firm and ecosystem design studio.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Christina Wu, Director of Marketing, T2 Venture Creation, christina(at)t2vc(dot)com 213-952-6534
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