World Innovations Forum Lucerne Switzerland
Enabling A Global Exchange For Innovative Minds

Vision for the World Innovations Forum

Determined to double the startup success rate globally by 2035. The World Innovations Forum is enabling a global exchange for innovative minds, helping entrepreneurs taking their solutions successfully to global markets – beyond just inventing.

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Vision for the World Innovations Forum

Billions have been granted and invested in innovation in the developed world. Yet the larger part of those investments have not shown any significant success and the vast majority of startups still fail.

We, the World Innovations Forum, believes we have to take innovation beyond just invention and creation. Innovation is only of any value for any given society - if the innovation has successfully be marketed and made available to customers and users. However most innovators do not have the skills to create a commercial success and focus on technical aspects until the funds are fully consumed.

As a result, innovation support in any way or shape needs to include the guidance and support necessary to make those innovations successful in the target market the innovation is created for. At the same time entrepreneurs need to get more guidance in exploring the market needs and acceptance of a new idea in the first place - before even the new idea gets built.

Innovators, supporting organizations and governments need to better understand the capital flow into innovative projects and how to support that flow.

The World Innovation Forum is set to discover better ways to make innovation more successful on a global scale.

We want to inspire each other to go beyond just creation. We ask you to influence this event and become part of the program. We trust you will induce others to become part of the movement.

What is unique about the WIForum?

From listening to making - for the first time all innovation stakeholders from 50 countries including entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, government officers come together, solving the most burning entrepreneurial issues and working on action-plans.

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What is unique about the WIForum?

The challenges we are facing with rapidly evolving technologies, instant information dissemination and a globally networked business society, require new meeting formats in concept development on a global scale.

As such the World Innovations Forum is not a classical ``conference`` for gathering, presentation and information consumption, but a series of joint activities that start way before the actual event and carries on after the event in Lucerne.

We are inviting you to share your major challenges as innovator or investor in innovative ideas, as somebody responsible to stimulate more innovation in your country or somebody needing to provide better innovation support.

We are offering 50 onsite meetings in five rounds of 90 minutes to explore challenges and to develop possible solutions for you. We will jointly come up with the biggest needs for more sustainable success models and present and decide on solutions at the actual event in June 2018 including proposed methods to solve those problems over the coming two years - until we meet again for the World Innovations Forum 2020. Then we want to take on the next big projects helping all nations and societies to thrive through more innovation.

Only a few but very igniting keynotes will inspire us all! We will keep you posted as we progress with the event development.

Core Value

How we will help hundreds of thousands of startups to increase their chances to succeed and thrive.

How we will help hundreds of thousands of startups to increase their chances to succeed and thrive.

The founders team did not sign up to create yet another event organization. The purpose of the World Innovations Forum is to make a difference in the success rate of startups and help innovative entrepreneurs in ALL countries to thrive. We believe any society needs to keep their talents local – but therefore understand what it takes to build local innovation centers.

Here is how we use the collective intellect of some of the most capable entrepreneurs, investors and supporters to make recognizable improvements in the world of entrepreneurship.

First of all, for the first time, innovation stakeholders from all fractions including entrepreneurs, investors, enabler and government representatives come together to explore how to increase success of their respective startup ecosystems.

Second, we crafted a process to actually work on improvements over time in a global network of stakeholders.

1) Gathering most burning challenges http://wiforum.com/#challenges
2) Early next year, attendees select topics they like to engage
3) In June 2018 we meet and discuss possible solutions
4) Attendees remain connected after the event through a community and other tools
5) A special Knowledge Community is used to get answers from around the world
6) Participating Startups getting active support from a network of “startuppers” to go global much faster than ever before imaginable
7) In 2020 we meet again share progress, KPIs, and explore more ways to help startups thrive

The World Innovations Forum is a grand initiative that starts with an event and then goes out and help entrepreneurs thrive, grow, create new jobs and prosperity in their countries.

This has never been done before. And as such it is very hard to compare us with others. The local newspaper gave it a nice headline to help understand: “Lucerne becoming the Davos for Startups”

Entrepreneurs

Highly innovative Entrepreneurs from Startups, Corporate Innovation Labs and Universities

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Entrepreneurs

BACKGROUND
Every improvement in convenience ever created was brought to people by successful entrepreneurs. Yet only 10% of startups actually make it. In the next 20 years we want to double the success rate.

BENEFITS FOR ENTREPRENEURS/INTRAPRENEURS
* Express your biggest challenges, suggest possible solutions and help shape the world of entrepreneurship.
* Learn all about investors, enablers and government representatives in other countries.
* Present your innovative business as nominee and possible most interesting later-stage startup in the world.

This Forum is probably the best place for a global exchange, not just on high level but also having the opportunity to interact with all constituencies of the innovation economy.

Investors

Business Angels, Venture Capital Investors and other Innovation Finance Investors

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Investors

BACKGROUND
While most startup investors have a hard time to model their investment strategy and achieving a good IRR, learning from other top investors in the world is probably one of the biggest advantages.

BENEFITS
* Hear and share successful investment strategies with investors from around the world.
* Express your biggest challenges and see how others respond. Get inspired to build a better investment foundation.
* Present your investment cases and portfolio and possibly become the most interesting investor in the world.

This Forum is probably the best place for a global exchange, not just on a high level but also having the opportunity to interact with all constituencies of the innovation economy.

Enablers

Co-Working Spaces, Accelerators, Mentors and other Enablers

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Enablers

BACKGROUND
Innovation enablers play one of the most critical roles in making startup entrepreneurs successful. Yet most enablers around the world explore their opportunities by try and error.

BENEFITS FOR ENABLER
* Learn from other incubators, mentors, accelerators and participating entrepreneurs and investors what works best for them.
* Express your biggest challenges and seek ideas and inspirations to build an even better startup ecosystem in your country.
* Show your current business and success stories and maybe get nominated for the best enabler in the world.

The Forum is probably the best place to exchange and learn from others to become an even more successful enabler.

Officers

Government Representatives responsible for Economic Development and Innovation

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Officers

BACKGROUND
Innovations, being the primary engine for economic growth, governments from around the world undertake major initiatives and invest serious amounts of capital to fuel that engine. This Forum is probably the best place for a global exchange, not just on a high level but also having the opportunity to interact with all constituencies of the innovation economy.

BENEFITS
* Learn from innovation centers, entrepreneurs and investors how their engagement transformed their society and gained prosperity.
* Share success stories and biggest challenges and see how ideas and inspiration from the WIForum Family can ignite a better innovation and economic growth program.
* Present your country and compete for the best startup country in the world.

The Forum is probably the best place to exchange and learn from others to create an even more successful Country eco-system for entrepreneurs.

National Startup Competition Events

While our objective is to work on ways to remove the most challenging roadblocks, we also want to reward the best startups in the world.

IF YOU WANT TO PRESENT

Look for a local meetup or get in touch with us directly.
Requirements:
* Company is registered and less than 6 years old
* Min 2 founders of which each has more than 20%
* Completed at least one seed round of funding
* A product that is at least in beta/prototype stage
Please REGISTER HERE
We will explore ALL registrations and select the 4-6 most compelling applicants.

Program

06.06.2018
Opening Event and Breakout Day
07.06.2018
Award Ceremonies Day
08.06.2018
Exhibition and Matching Opportunity Day
09.30 Welcome
Moderated by: Florian Inhauser, Anchor at Swiss national TV SRF, Axel Schultze and René Zeier, Founders of World Innovations Forum.
09.30 Welcome
Moderated by: Florian Inhauser, Anchor at Swiss national TV SRF, Axel Schultze and René Zeier, Founders of World Innovations Forum.
09.30 Welcome
Moderated by: Florian Inhauser, Anchor at Swiss national TV SRF, Axel Schultze and René Zeier, Founders of World Innovations Forum.
10.30 Solution Meetings
Each round table of eight people is mixed with startups, investors, enablers and country officers for growth. Topics:
  • - Fundraising, investments, angels,    VCs
  • - Financial planning, capitalization,    budgeting
  • - Mentorship, incubation, acceleration
  • - Others: additional solution meetings    can be defined during the    conference according to the    specific needs of the attendees.
10.15 Solution Meetings
Each round table of eight people is mixed with startups, investors, enablers and country officers for growth. Topics:
  • - Business model, competitiveness
  • - Product market fit, engineering
  • - Co-founders, team composition,    board, leadership
10.00 Keynote Speech
Top level speaker (to be confirmed)* Moderated by: Florian Inhauser, Anchor at Swiss national TV SRF
10.30 Individual Solution Meetings
At the event hall, there are closed or separated meeting rooms and spaces for private breakouts and meetings.
12.00 Lunch
All attendees can choose what they like and eat at the round tables or, if the weather is nice, outside of the event hall.
12.00 Lunch
All attendees can choose what they like and eat at the round tables or, if the weather is nice, outside of the event hall.
12.00 Lunch
All attendees can choose what they like and eat at the round tables or, if the weather is nice, outside of the event hall.
13.30 Keynote Speech
Bill Reichert, Managing Director, Garage Technology Ventures (confirmed). Moderated by: Florian Inhauser, Anchor at Swiss national TV SRF
13.30 Keynote Speech
Frannie Léautier, former Senior Vice President, African Development Bank (confirmed). Moderated by: Florian Inhauser, Anchor at Swiss national TV SRF
13.30 Official Closing Speech
Top Level Speaker to be confirmed. Moderated by: Florian Inhauser, Anchor at Swiss national TV SRF
14.15 Solution Meetings
  • - Legal framework and taxation
  • - Culture, society, thinking big
  • - Growth, sales and traction
14.15 Solution Meetings
  • - Education general or    entrepreneurship specific
  • - Infrastructure, Energy, Internet
  • - Political constraints
14.30 Closing
Kick-Off of THE WAVE 2018 to double the startups success rate in the next 20 years.
15.45 Coffee Break
15.45 Coffee Break
15.30 Afternoon excursions
We chose the very best places / mountains to go around Lucerne: Pilatus, Mount Rigi, Bürgenstock, Mount Titlis. The tour can be organized up to one week before or after the conference.
16.30 Keynote Speech
Louis Palmer, Solar Mobile Pioneer and Visionary (confirmed). Moderated by: Florian Inhauser, Anchor at Swiss national TV SRF
16.30 Keynote Speech
Top Level Speaker to be confirmed. Moderated by: Florian Inhauser, Anchor at Swiss national TV SRF
 
18.30 Reception at KKL, Schweizerhof and Montana
Unique reception in the city center with a fantastic view on the lake of Lucerne.
19.15 Network Meeting
Unique welcome reception with drinks and snacks in the foyer.
 
22.00 Night Club at Schweizerhof and Montana Bar
20.00 LinkUp – Dinner, Award Ceremonies and Night Show
 

*Subject to change without notice.

2018 Program - Call For Challenges

Provide your most burning challenges as entrepreneur, investor, economic growth officer!

 

Most Burning Issues

WE WILL ADDRESS THEM, EXPLORE SOLUTIONS
We want to hear from Entrepreneurs, Investors, Enablers such as Mentors, Incubators and others as well as Government Officers, responsible for Innovation and Economic Growth, what challenges they have and what ideas are tangible to overcome those.

Engage

EVERY ATTENDEE IS A SPEAKER
No matter if you are an entrepreneur, investor, enabler or government officer: please use the form to your right and share your most burning needs that you like to see being addressed at the forum. We will select those needs that seem to be a larger problem in many nations. 

Unique Collaborative Format

All attendees work together, to eventually double the startup success rate
This event is about challenges that hinders entrepreneurs to become more successful in bringing their innovation into global markets.

Expected Event Outcome

‘WE’ MEANS ALL OF US
We will address up to 50 major topics during the event – together with all invited attendees.  Everybody in the World Innovations Forum is an influencer, an inspiring person and somebody who helps solve big problems. And all together we make a difference! We will jointly publish the results of the conference with the content from all participating countries.

Suggestions

This highly collaborative event is asking entrepreneurs, investors, enablers and communities to suggest topics that need to be addressed and collectively solved.

Add your suggestions here


Current Engagement Plans

1200

Max Attendees

50

Countries

50

Solution Meetings

6

Keynotes

5

Reception, Lunches, Dinner

150

Innovation Expositions

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Attending the World Innovations Forum

The World Innovations Forum is for entrepreneurs, innovation labs, investors, innovation enabler and government representatives. Attendance is by application or invitation only.

How to attend:

We are looking for the most skilled and experienced entrepreneurs, investors, enabler and gov. representatives with a vested interest to improve innovation and entrepreneurship level in their country.

Attendance is by application or invitation only. If you are interested in joining but don’t have an invitation key, please get in touch with a local WIForum ambassador or directly with the organizer here.”
Individual entrance/sponsorship fee is €2,900 (early bird)

Fee includes:
+ Entrance to all Programs, Think Tank, Startup Pitches, Keynotes
+ Evening Reception, Networking Dinner and Entertainment
+ Free Membership for the first year (a €2,800 value)
+ Entrepreneurs & Investors Knowledge Base
+ Global Entrepreneurs,  Investors and Supporter Community
+ Participation in the ‘Global Traction Development Program’ for entrepreneurs
+ Participation in the ‘Global Investor Exchange’ for investors
+ Unique status as ‘constituting member’
+ Up and coming research


World Innovations Forum Ambassadors.

Lisa Besserman

Ambassador Argentina

George Parrish

Ambassador - US West Coast

Dieter Kondek

Ambassador - US East Coast

Mario Paladini

Ambassador - Germany

Attila Herczeg

Ambassador - Hungary

Khem Lakai

Ambassador - Nepal

Berrie Pelser

Ambassador - The Netherlands

Anders Widgren

Ambassador - Sweden

Gabriel Pizzolante

Ambassador - UK

Partner

It takes teamwork to make a dream work - a global team of partners will make this entrepreneurs dream come true

Global Partner Network

We are building a global partner network. Partners influence and shape the event structure, inspire people in the respective countries to participate and help induce others to make the vision of increasing the startup success rate a reality. Inspire - influence – induce.

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Global Partner Network

PARTNERSHIP

The World Innovations Forum is the beginning of an amazing journey helping millions of entrepreneurs to become more successful, create more jobs and make live much easier.

Our partners are instrumental in fulfilling our bold vision. Imagine if we can make a million startups grow into small medium businesses and hire 500 people in the next 10 years – they would create more jobs than the entire unemployment on earth. Please join us.

PARTNER BENEFITS

1) Becoming a part of one of the largest movements towards innovation and entrepreneurship, which is the core engine of all prosperity. Being part of a truly global initiative
2) Recognized as partner on our website and some of our outreach initiatives
3) Become part of a global exchange program and meet extraordinary people
4) Get a free ticket to join the event yourself
5) Participate from the outcome and build your business faster and better
6) Leverage the fact that you have been a partner for your own marketing
7) Check our sponsorship brochure for compensation benefits

Different tasks require different qualities

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Ambassadors
Head of project in the respective country or state. Orchestrating the efforts in the respective region.
Counselors
Focusing on specific audiences such as entrepreneurs relations, government relations, enabler relations, or specific engagement tasks.
Attaches
Focusing on a variety of other topics such as media relations... (WIForum media attaché), cultural attaché, working with cultural related topics...
Supporters
Helping in many various ways from supporting initiatives, helping spread the word, making introductions and more.
Sponsors
A small number of qualified and carefully selected sponsors from each country.

To join as partner, please register on the form at the right hand side of this page. We will respond within one or two days.

Partner Events

The recording from our recent Online Introductory Event in our Facebook Group.

We are organizing global conference calls for all ambassadors each month.
Official ambassadors and selected partners are invited automatically.

Join as partner

If you feel you can help us, please apply here.  We will send you a detailed partner program and explore how we can work together.

Travel, Accommodation & Services

We take care of you from the moment you decide to join until you are safely back home and come back the next time.

Transportation

Lucerne is situated right in the middle of Switzerland in one of the most beautiful areas right at Lake Lucerne. You fly to Zurich International Airport take a train from right inside the airport to Lucerne central station and an an additional 2 minute train ride or an 8 minute bus ride gets you right to the exhibition center.

Hotels & Restaurants

We made arrangements with about 50 hotels in and around Lucerne Just register through our agent to get special terms. After booking you will get a whole range of restaurant and bar recommendations.

Connection Points

We arranged several connection points where you can meet with people inside and outside the event area. This event is about networking and exploring innovative ideas and solutions.

Other Services

We will organize dinner meetings, some entertainment, sight seeing tours for guests who may be traveling with you as well as visits to special landmarks and mountain tops.

Team

The WIForum is created by entrepreneurs, investors, and innovation driven master minds.

Prof. Dr. René Zeier

Co-Founder

Axel Schultze

Co-Founder

Dr. Teresa Mandl

Founding Member

Lars Sonderegger

Founding Member

Prof. Dr. J. Priskin

Founding Member

Stephen Wright

Founding Member

Marita Roebkes

Founding Member

Dr. Carole Ackerman

Founding Member

Gallery

We will soon expand on this area

~ 50 countries

We're expecting entrepreneurs, investors, enablers and country representatives from around the world.

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~ 50 countries

We selected 50 countries with an active entrepreneurs scene and an existence of investors and startup supporters.

Current list of countries we are engaging with and looking for supporter.

Albania - Argentina - Australia - Austria - Azerbaijan
Bangladesh - Belgium - Brazil
Cambodia - Canada - China - Columbia - Croatia - Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland - France
Germany
Hong Kong - Hungary
India - Indonesia - Israel - Italy
Lichtenstein
Macedonia - Malaysia - Mexico
Netherlands - Nepal- Nigeria - Norway
Pakistan - Peru - Philippines - Poland - Portugal
Romania - Russia - Rwanda
Serbia - Singapore - South Africa - South Korea - Spain - Sweden - Switzerland
Taiwan - Tunisia
Ukrain - United Arab Emirates - United Kingdom - United States
Vietnam
Zimbabwe

If you think a country is missing, please get in touch with us here: http://wiforum.com/country-application/

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