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Press Release
August 17, 2015

Entrepreneurs, Innovators and Start-Ups Invited to Participate in the 
7th Annual Polsinelli Innovation Competition

CHICAGO – Global Midwest Alliance is pleased to invite you to participate in the 7th Annual Polsinelli Innovation Competition.  The Innovation Competition will be held during the Corporate Venturing program on November 12, 2015 in Chicago, which will focus on the Midwest's excellence in technology innovation, products and services.


The Polsinelli Innovation Competition was created to help emerging and venture ready 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:

  •   Improve resource utilization
  •   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, products, services and technologies that improve resource utilization in the areas of renewable and alternative energy, infrastructure and community, food and agriculture, manufacturing, water products, logistics and sustainable distribution.

Submissions will be judged by a panel of experts representing venture capitalists, business executives from a variety of industries and regional universities.  All finalists will receive recognition in program materials and the Global Midwest Alliance website, and will be eligible to attend the November 12 program free of charge. Additional finalists’ representatives will also be eligible to attend at a reduced registration rate.

The top five competition finalists will receive coaching from a qualified competition judge and have the opportunity to compete, presenting their technologies during the program to an audience of early stage investors, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and financiers, and corporate R&D and business development executives.  The top three finalists will be selected and receive cash prizes during the November 12 showcase.  In addition to a cash prize, the competition winner receives $10,000 in free legal services from Polsinelli.

Criteria for Entry
  • Applicants must be focused on products, services and technologies that improve the resource utilization in the areas of renewable and alternative energy, infrastructure and community, food and agriculture, manufacturing, water products, logistics and sustainable distribution
  • Applicants must have a sound business plan
  • Ideally, applicants will have completed an initial or angel round of funding
  • Companies presenting and/or sponsoring the November 12 Corporate Venturing program are not eligible to participate

The 7th Annual Polsinelli Innovation Competition will be held on November 12, in conjunction with the Corporate Venturing program.

The Polsinelli Innovation Competition is presented by the Global Midwest Alliance and sponsor Polsinelli.  To see video highlights of the 2014 competition, visit our 7th Annual Polsinelli Innovation Competition page.

About Our Sponsor

Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with 750 attorneys in 18 offices, serving corporations, institutions, entrepreneurs and individuals nationally. Ranked in the top five percent of law firms for client service and top five percent of firms for innovating new and valuable services*, the firm has risen more than 100 spots in Am Law’s annual firm ranking over the past six years. Polsinelli attorneys provide practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and focus on health care, financial services, real estate, life sciences and technology, and business litigation. Polsinelli attorneys have depth of experience in 100 service areas and 70 industries. The firm can be found online at Polsinelli PC. In California, Polsinelli LLP. *BTI Client Service A-Team 2015 and BTI Brand Elite 2015. 
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