The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) has established Global
CONNECT, which is a network of individuals, organizations and regional
collaboratives from all over the world to support the creation and
proliferation of high technology and life sciences companies. The
initiative came in response to international requests for help with
understanding the last 20 years of San Diego's economy and the positive
changes that have taken place. Members of Global CONNECT will benefit
from the study of San Diego's regional changes, as well as the
network's collective expertise and resources.
Sun is the founding industry sponsor of Global CONNECT. The group will
try to offer regional startups and entrepreneurs access to capital
providers and financial markets, opportunities for research, corporate
partners and new customer channels. The result should be the creation
of a strong resource that international corporations, universities and
research institutions will have easy access to. Initial leadership for
the group will come from UCSD CONNECT, Scotland CONNECT and CONNECT
"Innovation is an integral part of Sun's philosophy, and Sun is
committed to fostering the development of regional entrepreneurship in
life sciences and technology," said Howard Asher, director of Life
Sciences at Sun. "We believe in collaborating with organizations that
will help enable new technological advances and drive future economic
growth, so it is a natural fit for Sun to work with Global CONNECT in
supporting emerging companies around the world."
The First Annual Global CONNECT Affiliates Meeting is scheduled for
December 4th and 5th, in San Diego. The event will examine the future
of the group and its potential impact on regions, networking between
members and sponsors and the state of international business.
"In today's competitive world, it's important for young knowledge-based
companies to have rapid access to expertise, venture capital and
service providers around the world in order to grow their business
internationally," said Orjan Isacson, director of CONNECT Sweden.
"Global CONNECT will offer that access through its members and
Founding members of Global CONNECT include: the Institute for
Information Industry (Taiwan), New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (New
Zealand), the Canadian Consulate General-Los Angeles (Canada), Saxony
Economic Development Council (Germany), the Australian Institute for
Commercialization (Australia), the State Government of Victoria
(Australia), CICESE (Mexico), CIAD (Mexico), the Science Center
(Philadelphia/USA), Swenson Advisors (USA), DigiPort Technopole
Lille-Metropole (France), University of California-Riverside CONNECT
(USA), Atamo (Australia), Industrial Research Limited (New Zealand),
INTEC (USA), Oklahoma State University Division of Agricultural Science
and Natural Resources (USA), South East England Development Agency
(England), Integra International (USA), New Economy Strategies (USA),
GlobaLink (USA/China), Tech Harvest (USA) and the Queensland Government
of Australia-Department of State Development (Australia).
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