MENLO PARK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The 14th Annual Global Technology Symposium – which brought over 200 international leaders in business, technology, finance and government together to discuss the ingredients of Silicon Valley’s success – concluded successfully on Friday.
GTS 2017, themed “Silicon Valley Confidential,” featured dialogue about topics such as emerging market investing, new financial technologies such as blockchain, parlaying military service into corporate leadership, and promoting innovation in underserved communities in the U.S. heartland, away from traditional venture capital corridors such as California.
In keeping with GTS’ tradition of hosting international delegations, GTS 2017 also featured an official visit by Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov to the Bay Area. President Minnikhanov received advice from noted venture capital industry figures such as NEA Chairman and Co-Founder Dick Kramlich on stimulating entrepreneurship in Tatarstan. In addition, the Tatarstan delegation showcased promising startups from the region.
In addition, Cocoa Compost won the Global Innovator Competition, where selected international and U.S. startups pitch to a GTS panel of venture capital investors, unveiling transformational products and visions. Michigan-based Cocoa turns organic waste into fertilizer that augments traditional chemical fertilizer, significantly boosting agricultural yields and enriching topsoil.
The first runner-up was Kray Technologies, which manufactures crop-dusting drones in Ukraine. Tied for second runner-up were GenH from Massachusetts, a manufacturer of modular electrification equipment for non-powered dams, and Mouse, a Tatarstan-based company that crowdsources venues and ticket sales for live music performances by independent artists.
GTS President Alexandra Johnson said, “The competition finalists from Michigan, Ukraine, Massachusetts and Tatarstan reflect the truly global nature of modern entrepreneurship. GTS continues to be a solid platform for global companies to enter Silicon Valley.”
Previous GIC winners have a strong history of securing funding and delivering successful exits.
About the Global Technology Symposium
The Global Technology Symposium is Silicon Valley’s leading investment conference on global venture capital and entrepreneurship. For more than a decade, GTS has brought business leaders, policymakers, and hot international startups together to explore how to leverage globalization and identify compelling ideas in every corner of the world.