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Driving Innovation and Growth




Reservations Required:

October 23, 2014

7:00 a.m. - 11:45 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 2014 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 sectors have boomed in recent years, responding to universal resource constraints world-wide.  As we see traditional resources rebound, what are the trends in 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 panel discussions and keynote, Integrating Tomorrow's Technology into Today's Energy Networkpresented by David Carroll, President and CEO of Gas Technology Institute, will 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 sixth 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.

Seats are limited. Please register on or before October 21, 2014.


Featuring the Polsinelli Innovation Competition

About Our Sponsors
Polsinelli is a first generation Am Law 100 firm serving corporations, institutions, entrepreneurs and individuals nationally. Our attorneys successfully build enduring client relationships by providing practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and with a passion for assisting General Counsel and CEOs in achieving their objectives. Polsinelli is ranked 18th in number of U.S. partners and has more than 740 attorneys in 19 offices. Profiled by The American Lawyer and ranked as the fastest growing U.S. law firm over a six-year period, the firm focuses on healthcare, financial services, real estate, life sciences and technology, energy and business litigation, and has depth of experience in 100 service areas and 70 industries. The firm can be found online at

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:

University Technology Park at IIT 
University Technology Park at IIT fosters the innovation that fuels our economy and promotes positive change in the world. We partner with growing companies working on world-changing concepts in life sciences, biotechnology, engineering, materials, chemical research, information technology and more.  For more information, visit

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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The Private Sector Liaison Network of the World Bank Group is a group of 160 business intermediary organizations in 107 countries around the world working to foster trade and investment between countries with the support of the World Bank Group’s products and services. Private Sector Liaison Offices (PSLOs) facilitate companies’ access to World Bank Group business opportunities, services and knowledge, and act as the voice of the private sector in advising the World Bank Group on how to better engage companies on development issues. 
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Registration, Breakfast & Networking

Welcome & Introductions
Gail Longmore, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Global Midwest Alliance

Adam S. Weiss, Shareholder, Polsinelli  

Keynote Presentation 
Integrating Tomorrow's Technology into Today's Energy Network
David Carroll, President & CEO, Gas Technology Institute

Growth & Global Opportunities Panel 
Moderator:  Marguerite Clark, Energy Executive
Shez Bandukwala, Managing Director, Head of Cleantech Investment Banking, KPMG Corporate Finance LLC
Edward [Eddie] Johnston,Vice President of Research Operations, Gas Technology Institute
Andrew Perlman, Chairman and CEO, GreatPoint Energy 
Sean Simpson, Chief Science Officer and Founder, LanzaTech (recently named  to the 2014 Global Cleantech 100 by Cleantech Group)

Networking Break

Innovation & Technology Panel 
Introductions:  Allen J. Dines, Executive Partner, WISC Partners
Moderator:  Adam S. Weiss, Shareholder, Polsinelli 

2014 Polsinelli Innovation Competition Showcase 
Presentations by Top Five Finalists:
Deepinder Singh, Chief Executive Officer, 75 F
Claire Tramm, CEO and Co-Founder, Effortless Energy
Piero Salvo, President, GAME Consultants USA Inc.
Susan Sprentall, Chief Executive Officer, SurClean Inc.
John Slagter, President, The Mackinac Technology Company

Awards Presentation
Tony Nasharr, Shareholder, Managing Director/Chicago, Polsinelli

​Q&A and Networking