Innov8rs and The Alliance for Southern California Innovation are excited to announce they are co-hosting Innov8rs SoCal on 10-11 April.

The SoCal Innovation Ecosystem is rapidly rising. Their people and their sectors are more diverse than anywhere else in the world, enabling them to spark collisions and collaborations that no other ecosystem can. From AI to 3D-printed rockets to bluetech deepwater rovers— the SoCal region is a powerhouse of innovation that’s quickly becoming one of the most important on the planet.

That's why we're hosting our next #Innov8rs in-person conference in SoCal.

Innov8rs is a global community of corporate innovation leaders and professionals that empowers members to solve day-to-day challenges and improve outcomes, mostly through small-group peer-to-peer sharing sessions. Since 2011 Innov8rs has hosted 30+ conferences in cities anywhere from San Francisco to Shanghai and Sydney to Stockholm.

“After having been in 30+ cities around the world, we couldn’t be more excited to team up with the Alliance to host our next Innov8rs conference in SoCal, one of the most vibrant innovation ecosystems in the world”, says Hans Balmaekers, Chief at Innov8rs.

“At the Innov8rs SoCal conference we dive into the best and latest on everything corporate innovation A-Z, with 30+ engaging sessions throughout the two days. We'll dive into dive into topics like innovation strategy and governance, culture and capabilites, intrapreneurship, venture building, open innovation, AI and much more. We’ll spotlight some of the most impactful corporate innovators from the SoCal ecosystem, sharing their approach and lessons learned with our global audience. If you have innovation your title, you don’t want to miss this one.”

The Alliance for Southern California Innovation (the “Alliance”) is a not for profit that brings together Southern California’s top research institutions, prominent business leaders, and world-class advisors to focus on bridging critical gaps in the SoCal innovation ecosystem. The goal of the Alliance is to engage and unify SoCal’s compelling diversity of talent, ideas, and perspectives to optimize the conditions for the region’s innovators to bring more breakthroughs to the world.

Alliance programs focus on developing and connecting SoCal’s diverse innovation communities and stakeholder groups such as Corporations, Investors, Startups, Research and Academic Institutions, and Governments.

“The Alliance is committed to partnering with global leaders driving innovation impact, and showcasing to the world the breadth and depth of the SoCal region’s compelling innovation assets. Our culture of reinvention enables leaders and businesses to thrive, disrupt, and compete like no other region in the world, so it is the perfect place to host the Innov8rs corporate innovation community,” says Andy Wilson, Executive Director of the Alliance.

“SoCal is the creative capital of the world and home to top research institutions, legacy industries like aerospace, agriculture, and advanced manufacturing as well as one of the top startup ecosystems in the world; it’s hard to find any place as diverse and vibrant as SoCal.”

The Southern California innovation ecosystem was featured in a recent study by management consulting firm BCG that was based on their foundational analysis of the region that continues to serve as a blueprint for building a thriving innovation community. Andy Wilson’s blog post helps to clarify how they’ve internalized the research to drive connectivity and support the SoCal community.

For more information about the conference and to apply to join, go here