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Top5 Speaker 2014

Richard Bendis Nominated Again!

Each year, Speakers Platform recognizes five speakers within ten popular topic areas. Excellence in speaking is based on: expertise, professionalism, innovation within the topic area, client testimonials & references, presentation skills, original contribution to the field and votes. The only substantive requirement is that the candidates' keynote presentation fee must be under $30,000USD. 

 

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The AUTM 2012 Leadership Forum took place Nov. 13-14 in Napa, CA. The event provided a great opportunity to connect and discuss taking a leadership role in accelerating commercialization.

Our keynote speaker, Richard Bendis, Founder and CEO of Innovation America, gave the opening keynote address: The Global Innovation Imperative. Bendis discussed the evolving role of universities in driving the innovation ecosystem around them. He discussed the importance of universities in regional innovation clusters and how critical it is for them to be active participants in private/public partnerships that are leading the growth of innovation-based economic developing in their regions.

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Top 5 Speaker 2012

Each year, Speakers Platform recognizes five speakers within ten popular topic areas. Excellence in speaking is based on: expertise, professionalism, innovation within the topic area, client testimonials & references, presentation skills, original contribution to the field and votes. The only substantive requirement is that the candidates' keynote presentation fee must be under $30,000USD. Please use the form below to vote for your favorite speakers in any number of the topic areas. You can also add "write-in" candidates.

Each winner will receive a distinctive crystal award, be highlighted at the Speaking.com Web site and can use the prestigious Top5 award designation and graphics in their marketing. Here are the 2012 honorees.

View the list and vote here by clicking here.

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Bendis

Richard Bendis, founder, president and CEO of Innovation America. Rich is a former president and CEO of Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation, and a succesful entrepreneur who took his technology company public and eventually sold it to an international conglomerate. He is also an angel investor, venture capitalist, internationally recognized innovation and technology expert and a small business advocate. Rich will share his insights on innovation in the 21st century and how entrepreneurs can maximize innovation and find funding for their business ventures.

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TPN

Richard Bendis will speak about  Leveraging Private Public Funds to Grow your Regional Innovation Ecosystem at the following conference:

The 9th Annual Conference of The Technopolicy Network Instruments for Shaping a Knowledge Region - Interregional and International Collaboration in Science Based Regional Development will take place in Leuven & Genk, Belgium. With an Innovation Tour on Monday 17 September and two conference days on Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 September.

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Leuven is one of the most prominent examples of succesful knowledge based regional development in the world. Intensive collaboration between the local government, KU Leuven and the business community Leuven has resulted in a thriving innovative economy.

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One of the predominant themes in innovation strategies around the world in recent times has been a concerted effort to fully integrate “innovation” in a state or region’s economic development efforts.  The approach has been variously described as “science-based economic development”, “technology-based economic development”, and more recently ‘innovation-based economic development” or IBED.  If you look at the most innovative economies in the US, Canada and abroad, you will probably find IBED at the heart of that region’s economic policies and strategies.  The core objectives of an IBED approach are:

  • Improving the competitiveness of key industrial sectors 
  • Strengthening a region’s R&D capacity 
  • Integrating technology policies into overall economic development planning   
  • Promoting the development of strategic sectors 
  • Establishing the business conditions attractive to both domestic and foreign investment in strategic technologies and sectors   
  • Accelerating commercialization of relevant research 
  • Identifying gaps in the Innovation Ecosystem and creating programs and financing vehicles to address the gaps
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Communitech

Kitchener - It's a one-day conference, true. It's also the place to be for everyone who's anyone in tech in Waterloo Region. More than 500 delegates attend the Tech Leadership Conference each year, sharing ideas, meeting new people and causing collisions to accelerate your business. Don't miss it!

Communitech’s 2012 Tech Leadership Concert runs Tuesday April 10, 7:30am - 4:45pm, at Bingemans Conference Centre, 425 Bingemans Conference Centre Drive, Kitchener.

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Leuven is one of the most prominent examples of knowledge based regional development in the world. Intensive collaboration between the local government, KU Leuven University and the Business community Leuven has resulted in a thriving innovative economy.

This success has now even reached the point were Leuven is too small and expansion is needed beyond regional borders. Genk is the region which Leuven is extensively working with. This former mining city is transforming it’s economy to a knowledge driven economy. The inter-regional collaboration with Leuven provides Genk a fast track for this transition.

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Top5Speaker2012

Rich Bendis has been nominated as a "Top5 Speaker" for 2012 in the Innovation/Creativity category by Speakers Platform. Recognition is based on: expertise. professionalism, innovation within the topic area, testimonials and references, presentation skills and online votes. Rich has spoken over 30 times this year in many Countries, Provinces, States, Regions and Cities around the world on Building Innovative Economies and other Innovation topics. ALL VOTES MUST BE CAST BEFORE JANUARY 14TH, 2012.

Rich would appreciate your vote and asks that you please go to the voting page at: http://speaking.com/top5/ to cast your vote.

Thank You,

Rich Bendis

Life Science

Almost three years ago, the Montgomery County Biosciences Task Force issued recommendations that included the formation of a public-private partnership to help take the local life sciences industry to another level.

This week, that nonprofit partnership, called BioHealth Innovation, formally incorporated and has raised more than $1 million from companies such as MedImmune of Gaithersburg and Human Genome Sciences of Rockville, along with medical system Adventist HealthCare of Rockville and Johns Hopkins University to start implementing its programs.

“Though we just incorporated this week, this is something that has been strategized for almost three years,” said Rich Bendis, the interim CEO of BioHealth. “There has been a lot of preliminary groundwork.”

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Innovation-based economic development is key to driving job creation and economic growth in communities around the world. Recent economic impact studies show that university research parks are making significant impacts on their communities.

“University research parks and technology incubators are poised to create high-wage jobs by attracting companies to their region and growing new startups,” said AURP President Harold Strong.

High-wage jobs are just one of the many impacts that the Purdue Research Park Network is making on Indiana. According to a recent economic impact study, the Purdue Research Park Network is responsible for a $1.3 billion annual impact for the State of Indiana and “more than 4,000 high-tech, high-quality jobs paying an average annual salary of $63,000 – 65 percent higher than the Indiana average.”

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HelpingHand

It isn't hard to find skilled scientists and engineers in Madison or to bring them here from other parts of the country. It isn't even much of a problem to land $1 million or so to start a company here. But what is very difficult is bringing in enough money to take a company beyond the startup stage, and that's where the state needs to step in.

That was the message from executives of several of the Madison area's most successful tech companies at a panel discussion Wednesday at the Early Stage Symposium at Monona Terrace.

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Tom Still

By Tom Still

MADISON – With the Wisconsin Legislature huddled in the Capitol to debate ideas for improving Wisconsin’s economy, it’s only fitting that some of the companies actually shaping the state’s future will be gathered two blocks away next week.

The annual Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium, which matches up-and-coming companies with potential investors and other partners, will be held Wednesday and Thursday at Madison’s Monona Terrace Convention Center. It will serve as a reminder that Wisconsin’s innovation economy is cranking out ideas that can compete anywhere.

Nearly 40 emerging companies from a mix of industry sectors – biotechnology, software, advanced manufacturing, medical devices and consumer products – will tell their stories to angel and venture capitalists from across Wisconsin and beyond. The conference also features a number of hands-on panel discussions and speakers such as Rich Bendis of Innovation America, one of the nation’s leading startup catalysts.

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