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Driving Innovation and Growth



Reservations Required:   
October 24, 2024

7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Chicago, IL

On October 23-24, 2024, Global Midwest Alliance and its sponsors invite you to join us for the 9th Corporate Venturing Conference in Chicago. Meet first-hand with other Midwest CVCs who will attend and learn more about how these investors focus on the innovations and technologies that keep the Midwest industrial base competitive. Who are they? Are they strategic or financial investors? At what stage do they invest? What are their check sizes? How active are they with their portfolio companies? Do they invest as a pathway to acquisition? More broadly, how are Midwest CVCs positioning themselves in the current economic climate? Who is stepping up and who is stepping back?  

Attendees will hear from industry experts, venture capitalists from across the Midwest, institutional limited partners, CEOs and entrepreneurs. 

Seating will be limited. Please REGISTER on or before October 21, 2024.

9th Midwest Corporate Venturing Program
About Our Host and Sponsor
K&L Gates is a fully integrated global law firm with lawyers located across five continents. The firm represents leading multinational corporations, growth and middle-market companies, capital markets participants and entrepreneurs in every major industry group as well as public sector entities, educational institutions, philanthropic organizations and individuals.

Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with more than 1,000 attorneys in 22 offices nationwide. Recognized by legal research firm BTI Consulting as one of the top firms for excellent client service and client relationships, the firm’s attorneys provide value through practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and focus on health care, financial services, real estate, intellectual property, middle-market corporate, labor and employment and business litigation. Polsinelli PC, Polsinelli LLP in California.

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 through 155 groups in 98 countries around the world. 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.

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October 23, 2024
9th Midwest Corporate Venturing Program
Welcome Reception Hosted by Polsinelli
150 N. Riverside Plaza. Suite 3000, Chicago, IL 60606

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Anthony Nasharr, Shareholder, Polsinelli

​Panel Discussion
Moderator: Laurence Hayward, Partner and Co-Founder, ATOMS.CV

October 24, 2024
9th Midwest Corporate Venturing Program
Program Hosted by K&L Gates
70 West Madison Street, Chicago, IL 60602

Registration, Breakfast and Networking

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Christopher Bloom, Senior of Counsel, K&L Gates

Keynote Presentation and Fireside Chat
Moderator: Allen Dines, Executive Partner, WISC Partners 
Keynote Speaker: Mel Gaceta, Managing Director, Touchdown Ventures

Coffee and Networking Break

Innovation and Technology Panel
Sponsored by Polsinelli
Moderator: Anthony Nasharr, Shareholder, Polsinelli

Coffee and Networking Break

​Corporate Venturing Panel

​Closing Remarks
Jason Blumberg, Co-founder & Managing Director, Earth Foundry

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The 2024 Corporate Venturing Advisory Committee
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