University Economic Development Association

Entrepreneur to speak about the nurturing of an innovation ecosystem

Pittsburgh, PA – September 15, 2013, – The University Economic Development Association (UEDA) announced today that Victor W. Hwang, would be a Keynote Speaker at their Annual Summit in Pittsburgh which runs from October 27th-30th, 2013.  Victor has spent his career thinking, writing and advising on ways to create impactful ventures.  His books The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley and its follow-up The Rainforest Blueprint: How to Design Your Own Silicon Valley have been praised by the business and literary world alike. Awarded the Gold Medal Book of the Year by Foreword Reviews, Hwang is also a regular contributor to Forbes Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Entrepreneur Magazine.

Victor’s company, T2 Venture Creation, is a Silicon Valley firm that assists in the building of both startup companies and the ecosystems that foster an entrepreneurial environment. They also mentor and invest in companies that have demonstrated their innovations with technologies that are cutting edge. T2 Venture Creation lends its expertise to companies in the realms of capital formation, policymaking and consortium formation around the world.

Victor is Executive Director of the Global Innovation Summit, a conference on building innovation ecosystems that attracts delegates from nearly 50 countries.  Victor is past President of Larta Institute, a leading organization commercializing technology from key government agencies, such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

Victor is co-founder of Liquidity Corporation, a water purification company backed by leading executives and investors. He was Chief Strategy Officer of Veatros, a video search company, where he led the company’s acquisition by DivX. He is the Chief Strategy Officer of Blue Planet Strategies, a startup that increases copper mining production. Victor is a Kauffman Fellow, a network of leaders in the venture capital industry. He advises the World Bank on innovation and  venture capital formation in emerging markets. He has mentored hundreds of startup companies over the years.

“We are very fortunate to have one of the world’s brightest minds on innovation and technology commercialization join us at this year’s University Economic Development Association Summit. Victor Hwang brings a critical perspective and real world understanding of technology development and deployment – topics that have a significant impact on higher education and on our nation’s competitiveness,” says Summit Chair and UEDA President Elect Mary Frances Postupack.

Collaborations between higher education, community, and private sectors partners have never been more important than they are right now.  Like many communities across our country, Pittsburgh has worked to build strong working relationships among its higher education institutions, businesses and non-profit leaders to reinvent its economy and its future pathway.  That is why we are pleased that this year’s UEDA Summit theme, “Bridging Opportunities: Community, Collaboration, Innovation” will help to shape our program and best practice sharing in our host city, Pittsburgh – The City of Bridges.

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