Connecting Global Innovators

The Global Innovation Forum connects business, startup, development and university leaders with public policymakers to understand the opportunities and challenges associated with engaging in the global marketplace in the digital age.

About GIF

Understanding the Innovation Ecosystem

GIF convenes stakeholders to explore the policy foundations that underpin the ability of entrepreneurs, researchers, universities, NGOs and businesses to innovate and engage globally.


Promoting Inclusive Innovation & Development

Through its network, GIF explores the role of global economic rules in improving the inclusion of entrepreneurs, small businesses, development organizations and innovators around the world.

Examining the Rules of the Global Digital Economy

GIF investigates the implications for global innovators of regulation in areas including the Industrial Internet, Internet-enabled financial services, and consumer privacy.

Solving Global Challenges

GIF improves understanding about how global innovation and trade policies can help address shared challenges from mitigating climate change to improving global health outcomes and digital literacy.

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GIF works to build and leverage a diverse network of stakeholders who are involved in global innovation and trade

Washington, DC

GIF convened DC-area startups to examine the opportunities and challenges of going global @ LivingSocial

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Santiago, Chile

GIF participated in a discussion about how Latin America can promote innovation at the largest startup conference in the region

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London, UK

Startup, university and business stakeholders explored how governments can encourage innovators to go global @ Level39

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Geneva, Switzerland

GIF facilitated a discussion with innovators from Egypt to Hungary to Panama to understand better the Innovation Lifecycle from idea to commercialization.

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Housed under the National Foreign Trade Council Foundation, the Global Innovation Forum is able to leverage the resources and expertise of a century-old organization dedicated to an open, rules-based global trading system.

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