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Press Release
April 15, 2013

Entrepreneurs, Innovators and Start-Ups Invited to Participate in the 
5th Annual Polsinelli Innovation Competition

CHICAGO – Global Midwest Alliance and the Midwest Research University Network (MRUN) are pleased to invite you to participate in the 5th Annual Polsinelli Innovation Competition.  The Innovation Competition is being held during the Clean Technology Innovation, Growth and Globalization program, What's the Future for Clean Tech?, on September 10, 2013 at the Union League Club, which will focus on the Midwest's excellence in technology, clean technology innovation, products and services.

The Polsinelli Innovation Competition was created to help emerging and venture ready clean tech companies gain visibility and make connections. It also provides a showcase for developers of new technologies that offer competitive returns for investors and customers while providing solutions to global challenges.  The companies featured in this competition are developing products and services which:

  •   Promote the productive and responsible use of natural resources
  •   Reduce negative ecological impact
  •   Provide superior performance at lower costs

Competition entries may include, but are not limited to, the areas of renewable and alternative energy, infrastructure and community, green building, food and agriculture, manufacturing, water products, services and technologies, and logistics and sustainable distribution.

Submissions will be judged by a panel of experts representing regional universities, venture capitalists and clean tech business executives. All finalists will receive recognition in program materials and the Global Midwest Alliance website, and will be eligible to attend the September 10 program free of charge. Additional finalists’ representatives will also be eligible to attend at a reduced registration rate.

The top five competition finalists will have an opportunity to present their technology during the program on September 10 to an audience of early stage investors, entrepreneurs, clean tech-focused venture capitalists and financiers, and corporate R&D and business development executives.  

Criteria for Entry
  • Applicants must be focused in the clean tech space as described above.
  • Applicants must have a sound business plan.
  • Applicants ideally will have completed an initial or angel round of funding.
  • Companies presenting and/or sponsoring the September 10 Clean Technology Innovation, Growth and Globalization program are not eligible to participate.

The 5th Annual Polsinelli Innovation Competition will be held on September 10, in conjunction with the Clean Technology Innovation, Growth and Globalization program.

The Polsinelli Innovation Competition is presented by the Global Midwest Alliance and the Midwest Research University Network.

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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 start-up 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 the only business-led economic development group for the Midwest region. The Alliance facilitates collaboration among key stakeholders to provide access to global business opportunities to the Midwest and realize economic value from existing world-class assets in the Midwest. The Alliance focuses on programs and platforms that help high growth companies develop and expand markets for businesses based in the Midwest, encourage and assist international business activities in the region, and integrate business, financial and scientific resources for successful commercialization of technology in the Midwest.  For more information, visit

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