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Reservations Required:

September 10, 2013

7:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Union League Club of Chicago 
65 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60604
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Global Midwest Alliance, founder of Midwest Clean Tech and the Private Sector Liaison Office to the World Bank Group, invites you to our final program in the 2013 Innovation, Growth and Globalization Series.  Throughout the year, this series has highlighted industry expertise, innovation and technology, and global opportunities across growth-oriented industry sectors. This program focuses on clean technology.

The Clean Tech Program
Innovative technologies across clean tech subsectors boomed in recent years, responding to universal resource constraints world-wide.  As we see traditional resources rebound, what is the future for clean tech?  Will cities around the globe continue on the sustainable path?  What are the opportunities for innovators and investors alike? 

This program will focus on new developments across clean tech, showcasing new competitors in the field.  Innovations offering opportunities for future growth from active entrepreneurs will be highlighted along with global areas of growth and opportunity, in both projects in emerging markets and potential for collaboration here at home.  Our keynote and panel discussions provide the ideal background for the Polsinelli Innovation Competition, featuring a showcase of the top five finalists, three of whom will be announced as competition winners.

Polsinelli Innovation Competition 
The Polsinelli Innovation Competition, an innovation competition in its fifth year, has established itself as a recognizable contributor, successfully supporting and fostering new technologies across the Midwest region.  Companies submitting entries are required to provide solutions to global challenges, offering competitive returns for investors and customers.   Products, services and processes eligible for entry must improve and promote the productive and responsible use of natural resources, reduce or eliminate negative ecological impact and provide superior performance at lower costs compared to other approaches.

Entries are evaluated by a panel of experts representing regional universities, venture capitalists and business executives familiar with clean technology.  Competition judges are high-level members of the Midwest region’s technology and investment community. Finalists have been awarded modest cash prizes and the Illinois Institute of Technology has provided space at the University Technology Park, home to previous winners and other entrepreneurs.

2013 Finalists
The finalists:

10X Technology designs and manufactures micro- and nano-structured polymer substrates. The company’s proprietary and continuous manufacturing technologies produce substrates for a wide range of applications.

Altium Energy, Inc. is a brand new start-up formed to commercialize a patented flow battery invented at the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) in Des Plaines, Illinois. Its products represent a breakthrough in cost and energy density for stationary energy storage applications.

Global Green Products LLC develops, manufactures, markets and sells “green” polymer products that are used to keep oil and natural gas wells and shale formations clean of scale and deposits to maximize the production of oil and natural gas.

HE System Technologies produces natural gas refueling compressor systems. Through proprietary design and manufacturing techniques, the company has developed the most advanced, reliable, safe and cost-effective natural gas refueling system available. This system expands the market to smaller fleets while scaling to larger applications.

IrriGreen, LLC  manufactures and sells landscape irrigation systems that save water and simplify installation. They use digital technology to water the exact landscape shape cutting installation time in half and reducing wasted water by 50%. IrriGreen installers generate more profit per installation and greater ownership value to end users.

Seats are limited. Please register on or before September 9, 2013.


Featuring the Polsinelli Innovation Competition

About Our Sponsors
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Gas Technology Institute (GTI)
​GTI is the leading research, development and training organization addressing energy and environmental challenges to enable a secure, abundant, and affordable energy future. For more than 70 years, we have been providing economic value to the natural gas industry and energy markets by developing technology-based solutions for industry, government, and consumers. Our research initiatives address issues impacting the natural gas and energy markets across the industry's value chain-supply, delivery, and end use. We offer an integrated systems perspective to expand the supply of affordable energy, ensure a safe and reliable energy delivery infrastructure, and promote the efficient use of energy resources. GTI is an independent technology organization, established as an Illinois not-for-profit corporation. We are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Visit

Midwest Research University Network
The Midwest Research University Network (MRUN) is a commercialization collaborative focused on fostering the formation and growth of high tech start-ups in the Midwest. MRUN members include individuals engaged in venture formation at universities and research institutions, investors, entrepreneurs and those who help them. All are either in, or interested in, the Midwest. The MRUN community helps members make connections informally to solve common problems in startup business development including, angel and seed–stage financing, placement of management talent and opportunities for collaboration. MRUN is built around the idea that working together regionally in new business formation can accomplish more than working independently locally. For more information:

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.
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Registration, Breakfast & Networking

Welcome & Introductions
Gail Longmore, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Global Midwest Alliance
Spencer Wood, Shareholder, Science & Technology Group, Polsinelli  

Keynote Presentation – Clean Tech and Sustainability:  A Chicago Perspective
Karen Weigert, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Chicago 

Growth & Global Opportunities Panel 
Moderator: Tom Wolf, Executive Director, Energy Council, Illinois Chamber of Commerce  
Bill Liss, Managing Director, End Use Business Segment, Gas Technology Institute
Matt Thibodeau, Principal Consultant, Sargent & Lundy 
John Jansen, P.G., P.GP., Ph.D., Senior Consultant, Hydrogeologist and Principal, Cardno Entrix

Networking Break

Innovation & Technology Panel – Landscape for Moving Towards Exit
James Asmussen, Shareholder, Corporate & Transactional Group, Polsinelli
Allen Dines, President, Midwest Research University Network

2013 Polsinelli Innovation Competition Showcase 
Presentations by Top Five Finalists:
10X Technology
Altium Energy, Inc.
Global Green Products, LLC
HE System Technologies
IrriGreen, LLC

Awards Presentation
Tony Nasharr, Shareholder, Managing Director/Chicago, Polsinelli
Dan Marselle, Director, University Technology Park, Illinois Institute of Technology

​Q&A and Networking