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Driving Innovation and Growth




Reservations Required:

December 10, 2014

5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Coalition Loop
18 South Michigan Avenue, 12th Floor
Chicago, IL  60601


We are pleased to invite you to a holiday networking fundraiser to support Global Midwest Alliance as we celebrate another year of successful programming and kick off our calendar of events for 2015. All proceeds will fund the educational and mentoring programs that Global Midwest Alliance provides to innovators and entrepreneurs across the Midwest.

Special guest William Strauss, Senior Economist and Economic Advisor at The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, will provide remarks on innovation, globalization and the economic outlook for 2015.  

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.
About Our Sponsors
Stahl Cowen serves the needs of businesses and individuals throughout the United States. We also serve clients internationally, with particular emphasis on India and the Pacific Rim. Stemming from our core litigation and corporate practice areas, we handle a wide variety of legal matters, including day-to-day business operational issues, mergers and acquisitions, real estate matters of all stripes, business reorganizations, corporate and real estate financing, commercial litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution, employment matters, and wealth transfers, just to name a few. We provide our clients with sophisticated legal advice coupled with a real world understanding of what is important to them and their businesses. 

Energy Foundry was established as part of the landmark Illinois Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act to catalyze energy entrepreneurship and commercialization alongside the statewide $3.2 billion smart grid market driver. Energy Foundry is a private impact venture capital fund, designed to have an evergreen model. Initial funding was provided by ComEd and Ameren for an umbrella fund for Energy Foundry and the Illinois Science and Energy Innovation Foundation (ISEIF).

CMF Associates, LLC delivers transaction and transition focused financial, operational and human capital solutions to private equity, middle market and small cap public companies. Headquartered in Philadelphia, CMF’s offering includes temporary CEO, COO, and controllership services; M&A advisory including pre-transaction due diligence and post-transaction integration; organizational design and full time executive search; and deal sourcing.

Effioa Capital LLC offers infrastructure investment opportunities in India, the world’s largest democracy of over a billion people. India has been one of the great growth stories of the past decade, and continues to surge ahead even with the recent global slowdown. 
Guests will also enjoy an evening of wine, hors d'oeuvres and a special holiday punch based on Charles Dickens' original recipe -- a sophisticated brandy-rum concoction ideal for ringing in the holiday season! 

William Strauss, Senior Economist and Economic Advisor, The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Attendees at the reception will include civic, business and academic leaders, investors and entrepreneurs from the energy, manufacturing, logistics, food, water and clean technology industry sectors. ​

​The cost to attend the networking reception and fundraiser is $125 per person. Space is limited. Please register on or before December 8, 2014.