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Inventures: Ignite Innovation, Break Boundaries

Inventures is where the best minds from all around the world come together–in real life and virtually–to learn, to share and to experience awe-inspiring creative collisions.
Due to concerns for the health and safety of our participants, staff and community during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Inventures leadership team rescheduled 2020’s in-person event to September 22-24, 2021 and launched new, virtual programming.

Meet Inventures Unbound

Unbound is our way of staying together as a community of innovators and investors come what may. It’s digital-only programming that will help startups, scaleups, investors and thought leaders stay linked no matter the boundaries placed before us.
Unbound is the ultimate platform to share, inspire and interconnect virtually—-now and moving forward. Access exclusive live-stream experiences, expert content, pitch events, and engage in a vital, growing community of innovators, investors, and service providers. Passes are FREE, and if you have a pass to Inventures 2021, then you also have access to Unbound.

Looking Forward to Inventures 2021

In 2021, engage with 4000+ ambitious startups, scaleups, influential investors, international thought and industry leaders, all covered by local and national media. This will be an unforgettable experience that opens doors, opens minds and erases boundaries, bringing entrepreneurs and startups together with venture capitalists, angel investors, service providers and thought leaders. Passes are on sale now.



Connect with entrepreneurs, startups and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) seeking partners, advisors and capital. Inventures is a one-stop opportunity to assess fast-growing players and discover investment gems!


Access investors, thought leaders and fellow entrepreneurs through keynotes, panels, pitch competitions and informal networking opportunities. Come pitch the pros!


Inventures provides multiple programming streams for discovery, sharing and deeper learning in emerging and transforming industries. This is your front-row seat to innovation!


Showcase solutions for the startup, scale and spread of networks that tap into and feed the exponential growth of the global innovation knowledge hub. Be where the future is!

Inventures 2021 Speakers

Jilliane Yawney

Jilliane Yawney has helped over 1000 people get onstage to share their story. She is a Story Coach and the creator of the Core 7 Stories for Business™ framework.

Charlton Cunningham

Charlton Cunningham is an Ecosystem Builder and Community Consultant focused on helping companies take a community-first approach to building their business.

Alfredo Coppola

Alfredo is Co-CEO of US Market Access Center, a Silicon Valley-based accelerator that helps international startups with global market expansion via Silicon Valley. Since 2011, more than $1.5 billion in funding has been raised by 224 startup alumni.

Marcelo Lebendiker

Senator at World Business Angel Investment Forum; Serial Entrepreneur.Angel investor ,VC; Founder/ Partner of Invert UP a Seed Capital fund registered at the National Stock exchange, Costa Rica; Founder and CEO of Parque Tec an accelerator and Business incubator specialized in ICT, Costa Rica, ,; Founder / Partner of the first financial newspaper in Costa Rica : El; Co founder of the First Financial newspaper in Panama: Capital; Founder of the Costa Rica Business Angel Network Link Inversiones

Dr. P.K. Newby

P.K. Newby, ScD, MPH, MS is a scientist, author, food personality, and entrepreneur who has dedicated her career to researching and communicating what we eat and why it matters, from farm to fork. An internationally recognized expert on plant-based diets and disease prevention, she refocused her career on science communication in 2012 to bring evidence to today’s food and nutrition conversations and launched Food Matters Multimedia, LLC, in 2019.


Innovation of Work

A new generation of digital nomads is creating a ‘do anything from anywhere’ workplace shaped by technologies that erase distance and compress time. Human to humanoid interaction is gaining sophistication thanks to automation and machine learning. In parallel, data visualization, augmented reality and interdisciplinary trends are bringing the arts to STEM, expanding opportunities for a resilient, creative and diverse workforce.

AgTech Meets BioTech

Smart agriculture and geo-sciences are at the heart of an expanding universe of bio-tech solutions for critical issues – from feeding one billion undernourished people to sheltering millions who live without adequate essentials. Genomics, real time soil and water data, regenerative practices are driving the radical transformation of labour intensive farm-to-fork supply chains to high-tech, interconnected processing hubs.

The AI Datasphere

The wide spectrum of intelligent automation and algorithmic learning technologies represents a powerful and adaptive strategic platform. Riding on it is data, the new currency – with an estimated 20 billion active IoT (internet of things) devices in use. This is driving monumental leaps in blockchain, quantum computing, fintech and augmented analytics. This is met by equal urgency to create impenetrable security systems for global trade, banking and consumer product supply chains.

Co-Designing Healthier Living

Technologies that put the person at the centre of the solution are helping to save lives and lessen costs on a local and global scale. Against the backdrop of the global health pandemic, rapid response systems are revolutionizing the way we treat disease and how we prevent it. Sensor technology, predictive data models, advanced algorithms and robotics are transforming how health care is designed, delivered and received.

Building Adaptive Communities

Vibrant new cities are emerging from concrete monoliths as technologies interconnect symbiotic neighborhoods built with smart electricity grids, shared transportation networks, vertical food production centres and green spaces. Shared mobile and transportation networks, modular construction, 4-D printing technologies and sustainable materials are helping to generate livable communities that reimagine daily interaction between people, structures and technologies.

Net-Zero Emissions Energy

The future of energy production and consumption is at the forefront of global conversations. Through innovation, new uses of conventional energy resources, including blue hydrogen and advanced building materials from bitumen are within reach. These and other energy transforming technologies are pointing the way to high demand and high value markets for low carbon products. As wholesale social change sweeps across sectors, industry leaders from petrochemicals to packaging to information technologies are finding better ways to address changing needs.