2017 Innovation Competition presented by Polsinelli
Submission Deadline03/01/2017

Global Midwest Alliance is pleased to invite you to participate in the 8th annual Innovation Competition presented by Polsinelli, taking place during the Corporate Venturing program on April 4, 2017. The Innovation Competition will focus on the Midwest's excellence in technology innovation, products and services.

The Innovation Competition presented by Polsinelli was created to help emerging and venture ready companies gain visibility and make connections. The competition will provide a showcase for developers of new technologies that offer competitive returns for investors and customers while providing solutions to global challenges.

Past Innovation Competition winners and finalists have gone on to compete and win in national and international competitions, received access to funding, gained beneficial partners for growth and won new business opportunities. We are proud that many of our past finalists are currently doing business on a global scale.

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.


To enter, please visit the Innovation Competition presented by Polsinelli (opens October 1, 2016). Entries must be received no later than March 1, 2017 (11:59 p.m. CST).

Finalists will be notified of acceptance by March 20, 2017.

There is no cost to apply or present at the April 4 program.

The competition judging panel reserves the right to disqualify submissions not adhering to the application requirements or to request resubmission in the event that application criteria are not met.

International applicants located outside of the USA will have the option to submit a video presentation instead of attending in person. These finalists will be notified and will need to arrange to submit their video prior to March 27, 2017.

For those finalists selected among the top five to present their company at the showcase, a presentation length of eight minutes will be strictly enforced. PowerPoint slides are allowed, with a six-slide maximum. Slides MUST be submitted no later than March 27, 2017.  Presenters will have the opportunity to respond to audience questions following the presentations.

The Innovation Competition presented by Polsinelli and Corporate Venturing program will be held on April 4, 2017 at the Amenity Center, 150 North Riverside Street, Chicago, IL 60606.  Additional information on the program will be available to all entrants. 

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