August 2020
Trevor Pawl
Chief Mobility Officer, Michigan Economic Development Corporation

"Being in a state that leads in transportation, playing a critical role in moving our industry forward and helping our citizens safely and efficiently navigate have been the most rewarding aspects of my role.
Trevor Pawl is Chief Mobility Officer at the State of Michigan. He leads Michigan's Office of Future Mobility and Electrification, an office that sits inside the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and works in partnership with the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity and Governor's Office. He has been with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation for nearly eight years, leading the Michigan Pure Michigan Business Connect program, PlanetM and the Michigan International Trade program, among other things. He talks to us about his new role as the first Chief Mobility Officer for the state and how Michigan is leading the future of mobility.

Michigan and Cavnue (a subsidiary of SIP) announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind connected and autonomous vehicle corridor. The corridor showcases Michigan’s continued leadership in smart infrastructure and future mobility. MEDC

Executive Group President Jane Hudis' goal is to build a “digitally empowered beauty powerhouse.” The new strategy will be to expand online marketing and services while reconfiguring the product blueprint. Vogue Business

Ford has announced Jim Farley as its new President and CEO following the retirement of Jim Hackett. Hackett has played a large role in modernizing the business and preparing it for the future since assuming the CEO position in 2017. TechCrunch

In partnership with the Arizona Tech Council, the ACA has launched AZTechBase. The platform's goal is to elevate the state's tech ecosystem by providing a comprehensive list of people, companies and investors in Arizona’s technology industry. AZBigMedia
Ritesh Tilani
Founding Partner, Enhance Ventures

"At Enhance Ventures, we’ve added a new criteria to the methodology we use to decide which ventures to launch next by assessing whether or not each new model would not only survive COVID-19, but might even flourish thanks to it.
Ritesh Tilani is the founder of Enhance Ventures, a startup studio specializing in online vertical marketplaces for the Middle East, North Africa, Pakistan and Turkey (MENAPT). As a native of the UAE with over 30 years of experience in the region, Ritesh has witnessed a sea change in this young and vibrant economy and is an active player in the MENA region’s startup ecosystem. He discusses why the startup studio model is a good fit for the MENAPT region, as well as Enhance's new partnership with Silicon Foundry.
Sarah Burgaud
COO, StartOut

"We want our entrepreneurs to have a seat at the table - the main one, not the kids’ table. We don’t want to create a parallel economy.
Sarah Burgaud acts as Chief Operations Officer at StartOut, a non-profit organization that provides a supportive group of peers, experts and supporters for LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs. Before joining StartOut, Sarah was COO at CALSO, a non-profit supporting high-potential social entrepreneurs in San Francisco and Austin and designing training programs for disadvantaged populations. Sarah has also managed incubation programs in Paris supporting social entrepreneurs in several countries and worked in impact investing, microfinance and investment banking for various firms. She talks to us about StartOut's mission and offerings and how investors can get involved.

Elsa Givan is an Analyst at Silicon Foundry. Prior to joining Foundry, she developed digital strategies for commercial banks at Capco, a financial services consulting firm in Chicago, and spent four months learning the ins and outs of speechwriting at West Wing Writers in San Francisco. 

COVID-19 was an exogenous shock to the status quo that has already fundamentally altered the trajectory of global economies and catalyzed innovation that will have far-reaching implications. In a recent report by Silicon Foundry, we look at how the pandemic has driven new consumer behaviors and accelerated the adoption of technologies that will reshape industries and change how we consume, move, spend, work and live - and the key startups pushing these industries forward. READ MORE
SOLUTIONS: The New Travel Experience*
August 25th, 10:00 a.m. PST

Travel is changing. Safety has replaced speed and convenience as the top priority, and technology is now at the forefront of the new travel experience – one which we can expect to be fully digital, tracked and contactless. Silicon Foundry is bringing together a select group of experts in the air travel sector – representing Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)Airside Mobile and Luggage Forward – for a digital discussion to explore the technologies assisting the new travel experience and the consumer friction needed to bypass to make this new system of protocols efficient and scalable.

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Next Gen Corporate & Startup Partnership Models*
September 3rd, 10:00 a.m. PST

As innovation plays a critical role in reshaping society as we re-engineer how we work, learn and live, the innovation community must now come together and take action. To move past 2020’s arduous challenges and thrive (not just adapt) in this new reality will require corporate innovation professionals to leverage new tools, collaboration techniques and most importantly, an entirely different mindset. In order to kickstart these critical conversations, Silicon Foundry and Startgrid are bringing together innovation leaders from Standard Chartered Bank and MunichRe for a virtual discussion to explore the evolving role of corporate innovation, best practices in innovation, next generation corporate and startup partnership models in a post-COVID world and much more.

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Innovation Leader: One Quick Thing
September 9th, 9:00 a.m. PST

Join Innovation Leader's CEO Scott Kirsner and Swiss Re's Senior Vice President & Digital Catalyst Jerry Gupta for a virtual discussion on emerging technologies and creating ecosystems in a way that leads to new products and business models.

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*SiF Experience

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A New LGBTQ Workforce Has Arrived—Inclusive Cultures Must Follow BCG
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Successful Innovators Walk the Talk BCG
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