YPO Innovation Week to Host Three Signature Events in North America

Annual Event Connects Global Leaders of the World’s Most Innovative Companies

DALLAS – 27 April 2017 – YPO, the premier leadership organization for chief executives in the world, will host its second annual YPO Innovation Week in May 2017, featuring more than 50 events around the world designed to bring together the world’s most dynamic innovators for a chance to connect, challenge conventional thinking and gain actionable, applicable insight.

Events in North America during Innovation Week will tap into the entrepreneurial spirit of the United States and Canada – featuring insightful sessions on start-up culture, digital innovation, robotics, cybersecurity and more while offering opportunities for YPO members to explore potential joint ventures, new sales channels, partnerships and investment opportunities. Throughout the week, three signature events will take place in North America, including Silicon Valley, California, USA; New York, New York, USA; and Toronto, Ontario, Canada – all focusing on the latest in innovation and entrepreneurship.

YPO Innovation Week offers YPO business leaders with learning and networking opportunities to infuse innovation into their companies, form strategic partnerships, and positively affect their businesses and the communities in which they work. YPO leaders will be able to leverage new partnerships in innovation, integrate innovation into their company culture, and convert ideas into actionable plans.

In early May, YPO Innovation Week 2017 will hold events in more than 30 countries around the world, including Tel Aviv, Israel; New York, New York; Melbourne, Australia, Silicon Valley, California; Hong Kong, China, and more, all dedicated to driving innovation across a diverse range of industries. The week will feature idea jams, workshops, live-streamed panels, insider company tours, global conference calls, TED-style presentations and debates.

“Every business leader needs to focus on innovation to grow and thrive,” says YPO Innovation Week Chair Keith Alper, CEO of NitrousEffect and Geniecast. “YPO Innovation Week, in North America and beyond, will provide hundreds of opportunities for members to learn from each other and from the most well respected global innovators, disrupters and inventors to help integrate innovation at the most strategic level across all businesses. Combining research, technology and business leadership, Innovation Week is the one place where the world’s most innovative companies share their inspiration and insights.”

Silicon Valley Summit 2017 –
8-10 May 2017
Silicon Valley, California, USA

A two-day summit in the global hotbed of innovation where YPO members will develop and share cutting-edge concepts for growing their businesses. The event will provide a platform for attendees to network and explore potential joint ventures, new sales channels, partnerships and trade developments while gaining tools and connections to help evaluate new ideas and investments.

The Art of the Start –
10-11 May 2017
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Attendees will meet experts in scaling businesses for success. This gathering is designed to tap the robust network of YPO members who have established, scaled and optimized start-ups at every level, providing tactical insights on how to negotiate venture capital financing, hear about IP ownership from legal experts, scale up customer acquisition on mobile and more.

Grand Finale for YPO Innovation Week – A Day in the Big Apple –
12 May 2017
New York City, New York, USA

YPO’s second Innovation Week will culminate with YPO members participating in the Closing Market Bell Ceremony at the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square as well as learning the latest in innovation trends from world-class experts, focusing on the future of bitcoin/blockchain and the Internet of Things.

For more information, visit the YPO Innovation Week website.



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Note: While the majority of events are member-only, portions are open to the media. Please contact press@ypo.org to arrange interviews.

Angela Mers is the global PR and Media Manager at YPO and has worked for the organization since 2007. She is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with degrees in journalism and political science.