Driving Innovation and Growth
Leveraging Your Resources: Promote Your Country's Mission at Midwest Clean Tech 2012, the International Manufacturing Technology Show and the Brinks Innovation Competition
Please join us for a luncheon with the Chicago International Trade Commissioners Association (CITCA) hosted by Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione. Manufacturing solutions are at the center of the economic recovery, with the clean tech sector leading the way. Speakers from Global Midwest Alliance, the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), the Midwest Research University Network (MRUN) and Brink Hofer Gilson & Lione will lead a discussion on the manufacturing technology and clean technology sectors. Guests will also receive an update and learn ways to leverage and promote their country's resources globally during these upcoming events.
The strengths of the Midwest were well demonstrated at the 2011 Midwest Clean Tech Conference, and this year's 5th annual event promises to continue to strengthen cooperation and communication between clean tech innovators and financiers, business management experts and the international community.
Midwest Clean Tech 2012 will be held in conjunction with AMT's International Manufacturing Technology Show at McCormick Place on September 12. This year's conference will leverage the natural affinity between the advanced manufacturing sector and clean technology. The conference will also highlight the the following industry sectors:
- Manufacturing, including Smart Grid
February 8, 2012
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
NBC Tower, Suite 3600
455 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, IL 60611
Another highlight during the 2012 Midwest Clean Tech Conference will be the announcement of the top five winners of the Brinks Innovation Competition. Now in its 4th year, the Brinks Innovation Competition was created to help emerging and venture-ready clean technology companies across the Midwest gain visibility and make the right connections to grow and promote their products and services to a global audience.
We hope you can join us on February 8 for this interactive and educational presentation which will bring together one of the largest contingents of international trade representatives in the United States.
Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT), founded in 1902, represents and promotes the interests of American providers of manufacturing machinery and equipment. Its goal is to promote technological advancements and improvements in the design, manufacture and sale of members' products in those markets and act as an industry advocate on trade matters to governments and trade organizations throughout the world. Since 1988, AMT has broadened its membership scope to include all of the elements of manufacturing - design, automation, material removal, material forming, assembly, inspection and testing, and communications and control. These changes reflect the worldwide evolution in the technologies of the manufacturing process and signify the commitment of U.S. providers to deliver and support the world's leading manufacturing technologies. AMT owns and manages IMTS - The International Manufacturing Technology Show. This exhibition, held every even numbered year in Chicago, is the largest industrial show in the Americas. AMT focuses its efforts primarily on developing and implementing programs that benefit the membership as a whole and provide support and assistance to our members both at home and abroad. AMT facilitates networking, collaboration, match-making, new business opportunities, and the exchange of ideas. Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione is one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States. Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione provides legal expertise in all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright, unfair competition and trade secrets law. Its lawyers have appeared in cases before numerous federal and state courts, as well as the Federal Circuit, the International Trade Commission, and the U.S. Supreme Court. With more than 140 attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents who specialize in intellectual property, Brinks specializes in serving global clients engaged in the research sciences, engineering and technology, helping them to identify and protect their intellectual property, to manage intellectual asset portfolios, and to enforce and defend their IP rights. Brinks' team includes lawyers with business experience in specific industry sectors and with advanced degrees in all fields of technology and science. Brinks is headquartered in Chicago, and has offices in Washington, D.C.; Research Triangle Park, NC; Salt Lake City; Ann Arbor; and Indianapolis. Chicago International Trade Commissioners' Association (CITCA) is a volunteer organization comprising the senior trade representatives from foreign governments based in Chicago, with jurisdiction for the Midwest region of the United States. CITCA currently has 41 members representing 35 countries from across the globe. The Trade Commissioners play an essential role in informing and consulting their commercial constituents from their respective countries, and in facilitating trade and business opportunities with the Midwest. Global Midwest Alliance is a business-led, region-wide organization dedicated to transforming the Midwest into an internationally recognized leader in innovation and business growth. The Alliance aligns and integrates resources throughout the Midwest helping businesses to grow by leveraging existing resources to develop new products and find customers throughout the world. The Alliance is the Private Sector Liaison Office for the World Bank and a member of Global CONNECT. Through these and other affiliations, the Alliance facilitates access to global business opportunities for Midwest business. The Alliance offers educational and networking opportunities through a variety of programs and resources designed to promote innovation, technology development and access to global opportunities in the clean technology, energy, food, logistics, manufacturing and water industries. Midwest Research University Network was established in 2002 as an alliance of university business development professionals dedicated to facilitating growth of technology spinout companies through start-up formation. MRUN is built around the idea that regional cooperation in new business formation can foster commercialization of university research. To that end, representatives involved with startup business formation at several Midwest reseach institutions chose to leverage their relative geographic proximity and began meeting quarterly to explore cooperative options. The early MRUN members were from eight Midwest states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. Today, MRUN member institutions from throughout the original eight state region and beyond work together informally to address common problems in startup business development and exchange information about angel and seed-stage financing, placement of management talent and opportunities for collaboration.
Rebecca Riebe, Global Midwest Alliance
Mil Ovan, NextGen Solar
Craig Shields, Graymills