FT Innovate America: The Business of Innovation
Lead Sponsors

At the heart of Wall Street, Kranjac Tripodi & Partners LLP represents financial, commercial and business clients, both domestic and international, in the global marketplace and is firmly dedicated to providing exceptional client service and innovative, pragmatic solutions.  Our clients work exclusively with senior, experienced attorneys at cost effective and sensitive pricing, which is often vital to the success of their business plans.  KTP handles a wide variety of general corporate, tax, commercial and real estate matters.  Our attorneys focus on structuring, negotiating and properly documenting client transactions, which may include mergers and acquisitions, corporate financings, purchase and sale transactions, investment management fund start-ups, joint ventures and commercial transactions.  Given the breadth of experience of KTP attorneys in all aspects of corporate and securities representation, our firm is adept at serving our clients’ needs in a wide range of legal areas impacting their respective businesses. www.ktpllp.com

The inventor of the electronic exchange, The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc., fuels economies and provides transformative technologies for the entire lifecycle of a trade - from risk management to trade to surveillance to clearing. In the U.S. and Europe, we own and operate 26 markets including 3 clearinghouses and 5 central securities depositories supporting equities, options, fixed income, derivatives, commodities, futures and structured products. Able to process more than 1 million messages per second at sub-55 microsecond average speeds with 99.99% uptime, our technology drives more than 70 marketplaces in 50 developed and emerging countries into the future, powering 1 in 10 of the world’s securities transactions. Our award-winning data products and worldwide indexes are the benchmarks in the financial industry. Home to approximately 3,300 listed companies worth $6 trillion in market cap whose innovations shape our world, we give the ideas of tomorrow access to capital today. Welcome to where the world takes a big leap forward, daily. Welcome to the NASDAQ OMX Century. To learn more, visit www.nasdaqomx.com. Follow us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/NASDAQ) and Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/nasdaqomx). (Symbol: NDAQ and member of S&P 500)

SAP is the world’s leading provider of business software – enterprise resource planning, business intelligence, and related applications and services that help companies of all sizes and in more than 25 industries run better. By extending the availability of software across on-premise installations, on-demand deployments and mobile devices, SAP enables people at the office or in the field to work more efficiently and use business insight more effectively. We believe that the power of our people, products and our partners creates significant new value and unleashes sustainable growth – for our customers, SAP, and ultimately, entire industries and the economy at large. www.sap.com


KPMG’s global network of technology professionals combine industry knowledge with technical experience to provide insights that help technology leaders take advantage of existing and emerging technology opportunities and proactively manage business challenges. Our technology professionals have extensive experience working with global technology companies ranging from Fortune 500 companies to pre-IPO startups.
KPMG recognizes the importance of innovation. In 2012 we launched a global Technology Innovation Center to identify and evaluate the impact of future disruptive technologies. The center connects leading technology thinkers including entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 technology executives, venture capitalists and KPMG member firm professionals.
Please visit www.kpmg.com/techinnovation  or www.kpmg.com/technology for more information.
Associate Sponsors  

The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is a dynamic, global network of more than 9,500 business owners in 40 countries. Founded in 1987, EO is the catalyst that enables entrepreneurs to learn and grow from each other, leading to greater business success and an enriched personal life. Membership in one of EO’s 131 chapters is by invitation only; the average member is 42 years old with annual revenues of US$59.7 million. To learn more about EO, visit www.eonetwork.org, call +1.703.519.6700 or follow EO on Twitter at @EntrepreneurOrg. www.eonetwork.org

Roundtable™ is a cloud-based document management and collaboration platform designed to maximize productivity and help your business grow. Roundtable streamlines your day to day business processes to eliminate unproductive meetings, missing files, FTP delays, and email restrictions, allowing you to unify individuals on your team, partners in different departments and clients in different countries – all in one easy-to-use interface. Brought to you by RR Donnelley, the global leader in integrated communications, we manage billions of documents and other digital assets for clients internationally. Our industry-leading AT 101 security compliance covers every aspect of our Roundtable platform – from our servers, to our applications down to our processes – giving you peace of mind to securely upload, store, organize and share any file type to all team members, partners and clients in real time. www.roundtable.rrd.com

Supporting Partners

Today, most financial professionals focus almost exclusively on just one or two of the pieces, valuation, legal, accounting, tax, M&A, etc. – They fail to completely understand the owner’s fundamental personal needs and comprehensively evaluate the company’s overall business performance and potential. Because the needs of the private Business Owner and the Company are so inextricably interlined the best Financial Advisors focus on the whole and not just individual parts. In today’s competitive environment, increasing your knowledge base to better serve clients not only enhances your ability as an advisor, but achieving professional certifications and designations provides a marketing edge that will set you above the crowd. Save the date for the 2014 conference, to be held January 21-23, 2014 in AZ.  www.MandACONNECTION.org

Astia (www.astia.org) is a global not-for-profit organization with a distinct focus and mission – to propel women’s full participation as entrepreneurs and leaders in high-growth businesses, fueling innovation and driving economic growth. Guided by a proven philosophy that gender diversity is an essential element of innovation, Astia works with startups around the world as they access capital, grow their businesses, and hone the leadership skills of their founding teams. Founded in 1998 in Silicon Valley, the Astia model of engaging a community of over 5,000 experts to the benefit of the select startups it serves has resulted in an exceptional success rate.

Astia is generously supported by the following sponsors: The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, The Three Guineas Fund, Google for Entrepreneurs, Fenwick & West, Dentons, Silicon Valley Bank, Moss Adams, Microsoft, SAP, Lowenstein Sandler, Cisco, The Althea Foundation, Gust, Salesforce, Andreessen Horowitz, Prolog Ventures, DLA Piper, Cooley, Golden Seeds, Illuminate Ventures, Alloy Ventures, Opus Capital, SAP Ventures, Asset Management, StarVest Partners as well as the generous support of individual donors. For more information, visit www.astia.org and follow the organization on Google+, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. www.astia.org

The Executive Next Practices Institute is a major innovation think tank and solution provider comprised of FORTUNE 5000 C Level and key executive leaders (Board members CEO, COO, CFO, CMO, CIO, HR). Our network meets to review  “first look” innovations in business and leadership strategies and formulate specific “next practice” approaches to meet market challenges. Our unique and highly collaborative sessions are held in a non-solicitation environment to encourage leaders to engage, create and build powerful business relationships. 

Investors’ Circle is the oldest, largest and most successful early-stage impact investing network in the world. Hundreds of angels, venture capitalists, foundations and family offices have joined us to promote the transition to a sustainable economy. IC has propelled $152 million plus $4 billion in follow-on investment into 255 enterprises and funds dedicated to improving the environment, education, health, and community. 

Find out about membership | Apply to us for funding | Seek sponsorship opportunities (link to our URL: ) http://www.investorscircle.net

Leading Edge Only has one purpose - to connect major corporations, leading consultancies and government departments seeking new innovations to companies that have the latest leading edge technologies, products or solutions, globally.

We have extensive connections around the world to companies that have developed leading edge solutions, be they technologies, products or methodologies, to support major organisations in maintaining their lead in their market sector. 

The Leading Edge Only web platform provides the conduit for all of these connections and also provides a platform for major organisations to promote their commitment to innovation, to seek specific innovation needs and engage with Leading Edge Only to access over 200,000 innovation providers through its Innovation Search program.

For further information please contact Scott Sharp on: 
 +44 (0) 1908 550050