Driving Innovation and Growth
Global Midwest Alliance 2012 Kickoff Reception with Special Guest,
The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon ValleyPlease join Global Midwest Alliance and its partners for a cocktail reception hosted by Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione to celebrate innovation and technology in the Midwest, where you will have an opportunity to preview the Alliance’s agenda, market-driven programs, new website and partnership opportunities for 2012.
Our special guest speaker is Victor W. Hwang, one of the world’s leading experts at the intersection of venture capital and global development, and co-author of The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley. What makes places like Silicon Valley tick? Can we replicate that magic in the Midwest? Victor will explore the answer to this and other questions during a discussion of his new book.
Autographed copies of the book will be available for purchase at the reception. Books are priced at $12.99 and cash, check or credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, and Discover) will be accepted.
February 21, 2012
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
NBC Tower, Suite 3600
455 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, IL 60611
About Victor Hwang
Victor is co-founder and Managing Director of T2 Venture Capital. He advises institutions like the World Bank, the State Department, the National Institutes of Health and many others on how to develop innovation and entrepreneurship. His firm’s clients include dozens of governments and institutions around the world, including in the Middle East, Latin America, Central Asia, East Asia and Europe. Victor has lived and worked in Chicago. Originally a participant in the Technology Commercialization Task Force, he has played an important and ongoing role in supporting the Global Midwest Alliance initiative.
A graduate of Harvard University and the University of Chicago Law School, Victor is a Kauffman Fellow, as well as the immediate past President of Larta Institute, one of the nation's leading organizations helping to commercialize technology from federally funded research programs. Victor is the co-founder of Liquidity Corporation, a water purification company. He was Chief Strategy Officer of Veatros, a video search company, where he led the company's acquisition by DivX. He is the Chief Strategy Officer of Blue Planet Strategies, a company with technology that increases copper production yields. Victor has mentored more than 300 companies and has structured venture capital and technology transactions as a corporate attorney in leading law firms.
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.
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.