Forbes, in partnership with the Honorable Mike Pence, Governor of Indiana and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, announced today that it will host “Forbes Reinventing America: The Innovation Summit,” November 13, 2014, in Indianapolis, Indiana. This Summit will convene hundreds of the nation’s top innovators, from agriculture to aerospace to medicine to finance, to discuss how they’re changing the way they do business – and the world around them.
“Though America’s industrial heartland has always been a place of unparalleled innovation, the recent resurgence taking place there is nothing short of extraordinary,” said Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor- in-Chief of Forbes Media. “The Innovation Summit will be a one-of-a-kind opportunity for those leading this revolution to meet, network and learn from one other.”
“It’s a very exciting time right now for business in our state and across the center of the country,” said the Honorable Mike Pence, Governor of Indiana. “There’s something truly special taking place, and it’s a great time to come together and build on this success. We’re thrilled to be hosting this summit with Forbes in Indiana.”
“We’re thrilled that Forbes is recognizing the deep well of talent and strong entrepreneurial spirit in this part of the country,” said Keynote Speaker Angie Hicks, Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Angie’s List. “We saw the value here in the people, the location and the business climate years ago. It’s a point of pride that we have thrived here.”
“The investment opportunity in the Midwest is growing by the day, spurred by innovative startups that realize there’s life and vibrant opportunity east of Silicon Valley,” said venture capitalist and Summit participant Mark Kvamme, CEO & Founder, Drive Capital.
“Indiana is at the forefront of the exciting changes taking place in America’s heartland,” said Victor Smith, Indiana Secretary of Commerce. “It’s a great place to do business, and it’s the perfect place to host a gathering like this.”
Following the success of the inaugural “Forbes Reinventing America Summit” in Chicago, which took place March 26-28, 2014,”Forbes Reinventing America: The Innovation Summit” will form part of a series of “Forbes Reinventing America Summits” taking place in 2014 and 2015.
For the past three years, Forbes magazine’s Reinventing America series has been covering the innovation and disruption taking place in diverse industries across America’s industrial heartland, from logistics and transportation to energy and manufacturing. Forbes is creating a series of Summits that are bringing the “Reinventing America” conversation to life around key verticals, such as AgTech, Energy, Innovation, Manufacturing and Workforce.
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Created in 2005 to replace the former Department of Commerce, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation is governed by a 12-member board chaired by Governor Mike Pence. Victor Smith serves as the Indiana Secretary of Commerce and Eric Doden is the president of the IEDC.