Global Innovation Award 2017 | YPO announces The Top Finalists

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DALLAS: YPO, the world’s premier chief executive leadership organization has announced the names of the top finalists for its Global Innovation Award. The 2017 Global Innovation Award finalists  are invited to YPO Innovation Week’s Grand Finale event in New York City on 12 May, where the winner will be announced.

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The prestigious award honors those YPO members who have initiated breakthrough innovations that inspire positive transformation and nurture continued growth and opportunity for leaders around the world. In addition to recognizing the top 10 innovators from among more than 24,000 YPO members across 130 countries, the Global Innovation Awards also will honor Asia’s top innovator.

The awards were introduced last year at the inaugural YPO Innovation Week, a week designed to bring together dynamic innovators for a chance to connect, challenge conventional thinking and come away inspired with actionable, applicable insight. Last year’s winner Michael Lewis is the founder of RealD, the pioneer of digital 3D cinema.

The 2017 YPO Innovation Week, 8-12 May 2017, will connect influential entrepreneurs, innovators and thought leaders to talk about inspiration, breakthroughs and transformation and will feature signature events, live two-way interactive video casts and live stream events around the world.

“Our changing world creates an innovation imperative for businesses to succeed and thrive. We congratulate the Global Innovation Award finalists. They highlight the innovation, breadth and talent of the YPO network,” said Scott Mordell, CEO of YPO.

The 2017 Global Innovation Award finalists are:

Rex Briggs, Founder and CEO of Marketing Evolution

Marketing Evolution is an independent SaaS platform for measuring and optimizing the entire marketing mix and creator of ROI BrainTM, which uses person-level analysis to deliver detailed message rotation, targeting and media mix optimization for every media.

Michael Golway, President and CEO of Advanced Solutions

Golway is the lead inventor of BioAssemblyBot, the world’s first 3D human tissue printer that uses a six-axis robot. This disruptive technology allows researchers to complete their experiments faster, pharmaceutical companies to take cost and time out of the drug development process and a new approach to solve for diseased or failing organs.

Mark Hadland, Founder and CEO of Level11

Level11, a user experience software development firm, has recently partnered with Carnival Cruise Corp. to develop the largest guest-facing, Iot platform designed to deliver personalized guest experiences at scale.

Gregg Hill, President of Hill/Gray Seven LLC and Board Member of Frustum

Frustum is a pioneer in functional generative design and topology optimization software for industrial designers and engineers, recently introducing its proprietary geometry kernel designed to move the 3D Computer-Aided Design market to true generative design and optimization.


Samir Kulkarni, CEO of Showcase

Showcase is a 105-store national chain based in Canada and one of the most innovative retailers in North America, fueled by groundbreaking trend technology and a nimble supply chain.

George Kurtz, President, CEO and Co-Founder of CrowdStrike

CrowdStrike is a leading cybersecurity company focusing on next-generation endpoint protection, threat intelligence and incident response through cloud-based endpoint protection.

Stuart Lacey, Founder and CEO of Trunomi

Trunomi is reinventing the way in which financial institutions interact with customer data, securely connecting financial institutions to their customers with a consent-based data sharing platform. Its consent-based platform revolutionizes the way financial institutions interact with customer data, in full compliance with data privacy regulations.

Rao Mulpuri, CEO of View, Inc

View, Inc is the first company to successfully advance the large-scale commercialization of dynamic glass, a new generation of architectural glass those transitions through multiple tint states to control the sun’s energy.

Josh Siegel, Managing Principal and CEO of StoneCastle Financial Corp.

Siegel has created Cambr, a financial toolkit that enables brands and developers to easily build financial apps and features on StoneCastle’s network of more than 700 insured community banks, essentially the first Banking in the Cloud (BAAS) platform.

Tej Tadi, Founder and CEO of MindMaze

Tadi founded MindMaze in 2011 to develop technologies that help patients recover from brain injuries. The company recently has launched devices, which use virtual reality, brain imaging and gaming technologies to retrain the brain in stroke victims. MindMaze is now developing solutions for spinal cord injury and amputee patients.


“These finalists are leading the way in creating incredible companies and amazing innovations. We look forward to recognizing them and their achievements as well as inspiring the next generation of award winners,” said Keith Alper, Chair of YPO Innovation Week.

YPO is the global platform for chief executives to engage, learn and grow. YPO members harness the knowledge, influence and trust of the worlds most influential and innovative business leaders to inspire business, personal, family and community impact.

Today, YPO empowers more than 24,000 members in more than 130 countries, diversified among industries and types of businesses. Altogether, YPO member-run companies employ more than 15 million people and generate USD6 trillion in annual revenues.



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