YPO Welcomes Premier 2017 YPO Innovation Week Partners

DALLAS – 12 April 2017YPO, the world’s premier peer network of chief executives, announced today that Nasdaq, Smartsheet and Techstars have joined as premier partners of YPO’s 2017 YPO Innovation Week. Our YPO Innovation Week premier partners offer valuable insight, key connections and respected expertise that made the world’s largest and most impactful innovation initiative possible. Together, we’re connecting the world’s most dynamic innovators for a rare chance to network, overturn conventional thinking and come away inspired to better their companies and their communities.

The University of Washington, Hitachi Consulting Corp. and Fasken Martineau will support YPO Innovation Week as event partners. Premier and event partners participate with YPO Innovation Week in a number of significant ways including hosting global events, providing promotional support, providing exclusive access to valuable resources, and offering exceptional learning opportunities.

“YPO members are committed to excellence, discovery and innovation,” said YPO CEO Scott Mordell. “Each of our YPO Innovation Week partners share these traits. Together, we will help identify and create new possibilities.”

During the week of 8-12 May 2017, YPO will host more than 70 innovation events across the globe including signature events in Melbourne, Tel Aviv, New York, Toronto, Silicon Valley, Hong Kong and more. The mission of YPO Innovation Week is to drive innovation across a diverse range of industries through signature events, live two-way interactive video casts and livestream events across more than 30 countries.

“We are thrilled to welcome these prestigious partners and their participation in the 2017 YPO Innovation Week,” said YPO Innovation Week Chair Keith Alper. “Their support and insights will add immense value, elevating content and programming to a whole new level.”

Premier Partners

Techstars‘ partnership in the event will bring unique insights on activity across the global startup ecosystem and enable collaboration across the Techstars and YPO member networks to support high-growth entrepreneurship and innovation around the world. Techstars Co-founder Brad Feld will share innovation insights in a unique two-way video cast held during 2017 YPO Innovation Week.

Throughout the week, Smartsheet CEO and Founder Mark Mader, a YPO member, will present the latest in tech innovation at three events: Silicon Summit (8-10 May 2017), Art of the Start in Toronto (10-11 May 2017) and Grand Finale of YPO Innovation Week in New York (12 May 2017).

To conclude the week, Nasdaq is partnering with YPO to host the Closing Bell Ceremony during the finale event on 12 May in New York as well as hosting a series of Facebook Live interviews with YPO members, showcasing their insights on innovation.

Event Partners

Event partners will provide their support during a number of signature events throughout the week.

For The Art of the Start in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Fasken Martineau will serve as an event partner where trailblazers and experts from the trenches will share their insights about how to optimize the speed and trajectory of a startup for success at every level.

Hitachi Consulting Corp will support the Silicon Summit 2017 in Silicon Valley, California, United States, where leading entrepreneurs and venture capitalists at the ground zero of modern invention will examine how technology can advance cutting-edge concepts.

Seattle – The Rise of the Next Global Innovation Hub will be hosted at event partner University of Washington. The event will connect attendees with six of the fastest-growing companies in the region as they gain tools and connections to help you evaluate new ideas and investments.


About YPO

The premier leadership organization of chief executives in the world.

YPO is the global platform for chief executives to engage, learn and grow. YPO members harness the knowledge, influence and trust of the world’s most influential and innovative business leaders to inspire business, personal, family and community impact.

Today, YPO empowers more than 24,000 members in more than 130 countries, diversified among industries and types of businesses. Altogether, YPO member-run companies employ more than 15 million people and generate USD6 trillion in annual revenues.

Leadership. Learning. Lifelong. For more information, visit YPO.org.

About Techstars

Techstars is a global ecosystem that empowers entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market wherever they choose to live. With dozens of mentorship-driven accelerator programs and thousands of startup programs worldwide, Techstars exists to support the world’s most promising entrepreneurs throughout their lifelong journey, from inspiration to IPO. Techstars provides access to tens of thousands of community leaders, founders, mentors, investors, and corporate partners, allowing entrepreneurs to accelerate the pace of innovation and Do More Faster(TM). Techstars supports every stage of the entrepreneurial journey – from early stage grassroots community development to more formal opportunities that provide education, experience, acceleration, funding, and beyond. For more information, visit www.techstars.com.

About Nasdaq

Nasdaq (Nasdaq:NDAQ) is a leading provider of trading, clearing, exchange technology, listing, information and public company services across six continents. Through its diverse portfolio of solutions, Nasdaq enables clients to plan, optimize and execute their business vision with confidence, using proven technologies that provide transparency and insight for navigating today’s global capital markets. As the creator of the world’s first electronic stock market, its technology powers more than 85 marketplaces in 50 countries, and 1 in 10 of the world’s securities transactions. Nasdaq is home to approximately 3,800 listed companies with a market value of $10.1 trillion and nearly 18,000 corporate clients. To learn more, visit: business.nasdaq.com.

About Smartsheet

Smartsheet is the world’s leading SaaS platform for managing and automating collaborative work. Our award-winning solutions deliver value for tens of thousands of paying customers and millions of information workers across more than 190 countries. Recently named to the Forbes Cloud 100 list of the world’s best cloud companies, customers like Cisco, Salesforce, the GSA, Google, and over half of the Fortune 500 use Smartsheet internally, with clients, and partners. To learn more, visit www.Smartsheet.com.

About Fasken Martineau

Fasken Martineau is a leading international business law and litigation firm. With more than 700 lawyers, the firm has offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal, Québec City, London and Johannesburg. For additional information, please visit the firm’s website at www.fasken.com.

About University of Washington
At the University of Washington, we believe that what you care about can change the world. We’re more than one of the world’s leading public research universities: We’re a community of students and faculty united by a drive to serve the public good. From educating future leaders and making innovation work for all of us, to research breakthroughs and creative works that save and change lives, we’re committed to helping people and communities achieve their full potential. With multiple campuses, a world-class academic medical center, Pac-12 athletics and extensive continuing education programs, the opportunities here are limitless. Learn how you can Be Boundless for Washington and the world at uw.edu.

CoMotion® at the University of Washington is the collaborative innovation hub dedicated to expanding the economic and societal impact of the UW community. By developing and connecting to local and global innovation ecosystems, CoMotion helps innovators achieve the greatest impact from their discoveries.

About Hitachi Consulting Corporation 

Hitachi Consulting is the global management consulting and IT services business of Hitachi Ltd., a global technology leader and a catalyst of sustainable societal change. In that same spirit – and building on its technology heritage – Hitachi Consulting is a catalyst for positive business change, propelling companies ahead by enabling superior operational performance. Working within their existing processes and focusing on targeted functional challenges, we help our clients respond to dynamic global change with insight and agility. Our unique approach delivers measurable, sustainable business results and a better consulting experience. www.hitachiconsulting.com


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.