Sessions by Topic

SSTI’s 2017 Annual Conference covers a variety of themes related to the initiatives and information you need to strengthen your region’s innovation economy. Rather than assign sessions into tracks, this year’s conference content is tagged with these topics. We encourage you to choose the schedule that best meets your needs.

Browse all of the conference roundtable and breakout sessions by #topic:

 

101

Day 1
Sep 14 2017

Starting a Cluster Initiative: Assessing Why, When and How To

When developing a cluster strategy, garnering sufficient support is a crucial step before formalizing a program or initiative. This session will explore the ins and outs of developing a regional cluster and innovation initiative, with a focus on private-sector leadership and developing partnerships for long-term sustainability and success. Hear from cluster initiative leaders from around the country about their experiences growing an entrepreneurial ecosystem, communicating the network’s value and measuring success.
Ellen Kahler
Ellen Kahler
Brad Bishop

Understanding Defense R&D Funding Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Defense has an annual budget of approximately $13 billion for R&D and has become increasingly interested in working with external partners for joint projects. DOD's innovation initiatives can operate either department-wide or within specific services and all have an ultimate, internally-focused goal of aiding the American war-fighter, and these different orientations can lead the uninitiated to find working with DOD confusing. During this session, a panel of experienced practitioners will discuss traditional and novel opportunities to work with DOD to advance innovation.
Tom Gillespie
Day 2
Sep 15 2017

Launching Funds in Under-Capitalized Regions

Many regions have little or no investment capital readily available, but the fundamentals for a fund may still be present. In the absence of an existing local model, how can a prospective fund pull existing resources together, attract the right staff and launch successfully? This session will feature experienced investment practitioners discussing their efforts, challenges and successes in marshaling this funding.
Brian Slawin
Brian Slawin
James Ramey
Michele O'Connor
Michele O’Connor

Advanced

Day 1
Sep 14 2017

From Zero to Exit: Lessons from Successful Public-Private Investment Funds

Aah, the exit! Moving an innovation startup through investment and mentoring services all the way to a successful exit isn't easy. In fact, many of the younger regionally based funds haven't experienced many exits yet; the youngest funds, none. In this session, we will have a rare opportunity to listen in on a conversation among some of the most experienced -- and successful -- VDO investment managers in the field. Drawing insights on how their funds have achieved multiple exits, the managers will discuss topics ranging from team selection, fund objectives, governance, due diligence techniques, key leadership qualities and path selection toward exit, to closure. We'll also hear them explore the various forms an exit can take and the policy implications for a public-private investment fund. This session will be designed for an audience having some investment experience.
Lynn Gellermann
Lynn Gellermann
Tom Weithman
Tom Weithman
Peter Longo
Peter Longo

Capital

Day 1
Sep 13 2017

Capital Program Management

Successful management of capital programs will be the focus of this roundtable. Come to discuss capital challenges, investment structures, program administration and ongoing sustainability with peers from around the country.
Day 2
Sep 14 2017

Scaling Socially-Positive Companies

More communities, investors, innovators and entrepreneurs each day are recognizing we need to be creating companies that simultaneously address three measures of success: wealth, jobs and societal/environmental impact. This most-important pivot still represents too tiny of a portion of tech-based economic development, however. How do you get started? How do you embed impact into your existing portfolio of services? In this session, we'll hold a candid conversation with leaders delivering meaningful, impact innovation for their stakeholders and communities.

Creating a Better Future: Winning Approaches

Exclusive insight into outstanding, innovative economic development initiatives is a key reason to attend the SSTI Annual Conference. Through the power roundtable format, attendees will gain insight into award-winning initiatives through one-on-one interaction with practitioners from the organizations that are creating a better future in their region. The session will leave participants energized with more than a dozen specific best practices and ideas to help craft a better future in their region.

From Zero to Exit: Lessons from Successful Public-Private Investment Funds

Aah, the exit! Moving an innovation startup through investment and mentoring services all the way to a successful exit isn't easy. In fact, many of the younger regionally based funds haven't experienced many exits yet; the youngest funds, none. In this session, we will have a rare opportunity to listen in on a conversation among some of the most experienced -- and successful -- VDO investment managers in the field. Drawing insights on how their funds have achieved multiple exits, the managers will discuss topics ranging from team selection, fund objectives, governance, due diligence techniques, key leadership qualities and path selection toward exit, to closure. We'll also hear them explore the various forms an exit can take and the policy implications for a public-private investment fund. This session will be designed for an audience having some investment experience.
Lynn Gellermann
Lynn Gellermann
Tom Weithman
Tom Weithman
Peter Longo
Peter Longo
Day 3
Sep 15 2017

Launching Funds in Under-Capitalized Regions

Many regions have little or no investment capital readily available, but the fundamentals for a fund may still be present. In the absence of an existing local model, how can a prospective fund pull existing resources together, attract the right staff and launch successfully? This session will feature experienced investment practitioners discussing their efforts, challenges and successes in marshaling this funding.
Brian Slawin
Brian Slawin
James Ramey
Michele O'Connor
Michele O’Connor

Insights on the Federal Capital & Entrepreneurship Portfolio

This session will provide you with an opportunity to better understand federal programs that can help you support startups and entrepreneurs in your regional innovation economy. Using our power roundtable format, managers from a variety of agencies will be available to discuss programs and answer questions.
Jennifer Shieh
Jennifer Shieh

Clusters

Day 1
Sep 13 2017

Regional Innovation Networks and Clusters

Convene with other organizations looking to boost economic success and industry competitiveness through cluster collaborations during this meeting of colleagues looking to forge new partnerships, share their knowledge and build new connections.
Day 2
Sep 14 2017

Maximizing Innovation in Manufacturing: A Look Ahead

In this discussion-based session, manufacturing thought leaders from MForesight, a national consortium focused on enhancing U.S. manufacturing competitiveness through partnering with the broader manufacturing community to inform policies and investment in advanced manufacturing technology development, will explore recommendations around enhancing performance across the supply chain, improving cyber security for manufacturers and developing an advanced manufacturing workforce. Additionally, this session will discuss best practices for engaging local manufacturers early in the technology development process to accelerate implementation, and for facilitating university technology transfer to local manufacturers.

Starting a Cluster Initiative: Assessing Why, When and How To

When developing a cluster strategy, garnering sufficient support is a crucial step before formalizing a program or initiative. This session will explore the ins and outs of developing a regional cluster and innovation initiative, with a focus on private-sector leadership and developing partnerships for long-term sustainability and success. Hear from cluster initiative leaders from around the country about their experiences growing an entrepreneurial ecosystem, communicating the network’s value and measuring success.
Ellen Kahler
Ellen Kahler
Brad Bishop

Collaborating with Research Resources

Tech drives innovation economies but numerous regions and clusters leave one of the single greatest sources of IP - the federal labs - largely untapped. Speakers will discuss some of the creative ways organizations leverage the labs' innovation portfolios to help region- and cluster-based companies find technical solutions, launch new products and create economic growth. Participate in this session to identify new ways your region can work with federal labs to unlock a better future.
Dean Amhaus
Dean Amhaus
Charlie Brock
Charlie Brock
John Dement
John Dement
Jerry Adams
Jerry Adams

Defining Solutions Toward Our Workforce Challenges

Articulating the specific challenges facing the workforce development community is a necessary step before identifying potential solutions. This interactive discussion will discuss these key challenges, describe the different elements of “talent,” and recognize how different partnerships and initiatives are approaching the topic. Finally, we will look at the implications for clusters and technology-based economic development more broadly.
Maureen Conway
Maureen Conway
Day 3
Sep 15 2017

Addressing High Demand Sectors’ Workforce Needs

Increasing the skills of current and future workers is an important task in growing and maintaining a successful regional innovation cluster. This session will explore how cluster initiative practitioners are working with industry to develop innovative programs to provide the skills needed for in-demand jobs. Additionally, this session will include a discussion on implementing sector partnerships around workforce development through activities such as apprenticeships, credentialing, and other mechanisms.
Kevin Doyle
Kevin Doyle

Fostering Company Connections

Whether it is helping a startup capture its first customer, or helping small- and medium-sized businesses tap into larger supply chains, connecting companies of all sizes is critical to regional innovation clusters. This interactive roundtable session will feature multiple examples of how cluster and innovation initiatives are fostering connections between large and small companies for the betterment of the cluster as a whole.
Paula Sorrell
Paula Sorrell
Byron Clayton
Byron Clayton
Kristy Campbell
Mark Harris
Mark Harris

Collaboration

Day 1
Sep 13 2017

Regional Innovation Networks and Clusters

Convene with other organizations looking to boost economic success and industry competitiveness through cluster collaborations during this meeting of colleagues looking to forge new partnerships, share their knowledge and build new connections.
Day 2
Sep 14 2017

Collaborating with Research Resources

Tech drives innovation economies but numerous regions and clusters leave one of the single greatest sources of IP - the federal labs - largely untapped. Speakers will discuss some of the creative ways organizations leverage the labs' innovation portfolios to help region- and cluster-based companies find technical solutions, launch new products and create economic growth. Participate in this session to identify new ways your region can work with federal labs to unlock a better future.
Dean Amhaus
Dean Amhaus
Charlie Brock
Charlie Brock
John Dement
John Dement
Jerry Adams
Jerry Adams

Defining Solutions Toward Our Workforce Challenges

Articulating the specific challenges facing the workforce development community is a necessary step before identifying potential solutions. This interactive discussion will discuss these key challenges, describe the different elements of “talent,” and recognize how different partnerships and initiatives are approaching the topic. Finally, we will look at the implications for clusters and technology-based economic development more broadly.
Maureen Conway
Maureen Conway
Day 3
Sep 15 2017

Making the Argument for Innovation as a Priority

A federal budget proposal that would slash support for research, innovation and assisting companies. Talking points that undermine science and the scientific method. Tepid (at best) support for higher education. It’s no wonder the innovation community feels under attack. Yet, survey work done by SSTI and passage of statewide ballot issues indicates there is strong popular support for investments in science and technology for economic prosperity. How do we translate that popular support into political support? How do we make the argument for innovation as a priority to audiences ranging from rural legislators to city council members? In this interactive discussion session, we’ll consider what we know about support for our work, what’s worked in making the argument and what we need to do for broader success.
Kent Glasscock
Dan Berglund
Dan Berglund

Addressing High Demand Sectors’ Workforce Needs

Increasing the skills of current and future workers is an important task in growing and maintaining a successful regional innovation cluster. This session will explore how cluster initiative practitioners are working with industry to develop innovative programs to provide the skills needed for in-demand jobs. Additionally, this session will include a discussion on implementing sector partnerships around workforce development through activities such as apprenticeships, credentialing, and other mechanisms.
Kevin Doyle
Kevin Doyle

Cultivating CEO Talent: What Works and What Doesn’t

Transforming an innovation into a commercial success requires a level of entrepreneurial sophistication that often seems in short supply. Over the years, organizations have tried a wide variety of approaches to develop a robust stable of C-suite talent to call upon. Come prepared to engage in an open conversation about these initiatives in your region -- this session is intended to help regions improve the efficacy of existing programs and to learn from others' lessons.
Atul Varadhachary
Atul Varadhachary

Higher Ed’s Role in Addressing Workforce

A skilled workforce is essential in the innovation economy. Part of higher ed's output are educated citizens that make up the future workforce, but beyond that general goal, what exactly is higher ed's role in addressing companies' workforce needs. In this session, we'll consider the role that higher ed plays, misconceptions about what it is and is not doing, and then take a look at examples where higher ed is working with industry to address workforce shortages.
Debbie Hughes
Michael Cassidy
Michael Cassidy

Fostering Company Connections

Whether it is helping a startup capture its first customer, or helping small- and medium-sized businesses tap into larger supply chains, connecting companies of all sizes is critical to regional innovation clusters. This interactive roundtable session will feature multiple examples of how cluster and innovation initiatives are fostering connections between large and small companies for the betterment of the cluster as a whole.
Paula Sorrell
Paula Sorrell
Byron Clayton
Byron Clayton
Kristy Campbell
Mark Harris
Mark Harris

Entrepreneurship

Day 1
Sep 13 2017

State Initiatives

Those involved with innovation initiatives on the state level will want to join their peers for a lively conversation focused on today’s topics of interest. This is your time to explore solutions to challenges present on the state level and hear how others are meeting the needs presented in their states.
Day 2
Sep 14 2017

Scaling Socially-Positive Companies

More communities, investors, innovators and entrepreneurs each day are recognizing we need to be creating companies that simultaneously address three measures of success: wealth, jobs and societal/environmental impact. This most-important pivot still represents too tiny of a portion of tech-based economic development, however. How do you get started? How do you embed impact into your existing portfolio of services? In this session, we'll hold a candid conversation with leaders delivering meaningful, impact innovation for their stakeholders and communities.

From Zero to Exit: Lessons from Successful Public-Private Investment Funds

Aah, the exit! Moving an innovation startup through investment and mentoring services all the way to a successful exit isn't easy. In fact, many of the younger regionally based funds haven't experienced many exits yet; the youngest funds, none. In this session, we will have a rare opportunity to listen in on a conversation among some of the most experienced -- and successful -- VDO investment managers in the field. Drawing insights on how their funds have achieved multiple exits, the managers will discuss topics ranging from team selection, fund objectives, governance, due diligence techniques, key leadership qualities and path selection toward exit, to closure. We'll also hear them explore the various forms an exit can take and the policy implications for a public-private investment fund. This session will be designed for an audience having some investment experience.
Lynn Gellermann
Lynn Gellermann
Tom Weithman
Tom Weithman
Peter Longo
Peter Longo
Day 3
Sep 15 2017

Launching Funds in Under-Capitalized Regions

Many regions have little or no investment capital readily available, but the fundamentals for a fund may still be present. In the absence of an existing local model, how can a prospective fund pull existing resources together, attract the right staff and launch successfully? This session will feature experienced investment practitioners discussing their efforts, challenges and successes in marshaling this funding.
Brian Slawin
Brian Slawin
James Ramey
Michele O'Connor
Michele O’Connor

Cultivating CEO Talent: What Works and What Doesn’t

Transforming an innovation into a commercial success requires a level of entrepreneurial sophistication that often seems in short supply. Over the years, organizations have tried a wide variety of approaches to develop a robust stable of C-suite talent to call upon. Come prepared to engage in an open conversation about these initiatives in your region -- this session is intended to help regions improve the efficacy of existing programs and to learn from others' lessons.
Atul Varadhachary
Atul Varadhachary

Insights on the Federal Capital & Entrepreneurship Portfolio

This session will provide you with an opportunity to better understand federal programs that can help you support startups and entrepreneurs in your regional innovation economy. Using our power roundtable format, managers from a variety of agencies will be available to discuss programs and answer questions.
Jennifer Shieh
Jennifer Shieh

Federal

Day 1
Sep 14 2017

Collaborating with Research Resources

Tech drives innovation economies but numerous regions and clusters leave one of the single greatest sources of IP - the federal labs - largely untapped. Speakers will discuss some of the creative ways organizations leverage the labs' innovation portfolios to help region- and cluster-based companies find technical solutions, launch new products and create economic growth. Participate in this session to identify new ways your region can work with federal labs to unlock a better future.
Dean Amhaus
Dean Amhaus
Charlie Brock
Charlie Brock
John Dement
John Dement
Jerry Adams
Jerry Adams

Understanding Defense R&D Funding Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Defense has an annual budget of approximately $13 billion for R&D and has become increasingly interested in working with external partners for joint projects. DOD's innovation initiatives can operate either department-wide or within specific services and all have an ultimate, internally-focused goal of aiding the American war-fighter, and these different orientations can lead the uninitiated to find working with DOD confusing. During this session, a panel of experienced practitioners will discuss traditional and novel opportunities to work with DOD to advance innovation.
Tom Gillespie
Day 2
Sep 15 2017

Insights into the New Federal R&D Portfolio

In the midst of an uncertain political environment, federal agencies continue to make investments in scientific research and transformation that provide critical support to regional innovation economies. Join this conversation on the current direction of these investments and policies related to the federal R&D portfolio.
Jodi Black
Jodi Black
Barry Johnson
Barry W. Johnson
Rebecca Bagley
Rebecca Bagley

Insights on the Federal Capital & Entrepreneurship Portfolio

This session will provide you with an opportunity to better understand federal programs that can help you support startups and entrepreneurs in your regional innovation economy. Using our power roundtable format, managers from a variety of agencies will be available to discuss programs and answer questions.
Jennifer Shieh
Jennifer Shieh

Funding

Day 1
Sep 13 2017

Capital Program Management

Successful management of capital programs will be the focus of this roundtable. Come to discuss capital challenges, investment structures, program administration and ongoing sustainability with peers from around the country.
Day 2
Sep 14 2017

Understanding Defense R&D Funding Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Defense has an annual budget of approximately $13 billion for R&D and has become increasingly interested in working with external partners for joint projects. DOD's innovation initiatives can operate either department-wide or within specific services and all have an ultimate, internally-focused goal of aiding the American war-fighter, and these different orientations can lead the uninitiated to find working with DOD confusing. During this session, a panel of experienced practitioners will discuss traditional and novel opportunities to work with DOD to advance innovation.
Tom Gillespie
Day 3
Sep 15 2017

Insights into the New Federal R&D Portfolio

In the midst of an uncertain political environment, federal agencies continue to make investments in scientific research and transformation that provide critical support to regional innovation economies. Join this conversation on the current direction of these investments and policies related to the federal R&D portfolio.
Jodi Black
Jodi Black
Barry Johnson
Barry W. Johnson
Rebecca Bagley
Rebecca Bagley

Insights on the Federal Capital & Entrepreneurship Portfolio

This session will provide you with an opportunity to better understand federal programs that can help you support startups and entrepreneurs in your regional innovation economy. Using our power roundtable format, managers from a variety of agencies will be available to discuss programs and answer questions.
Jennifer Shieh
Jennifer Shieh

Higher Education

Day 1
Sep 13 2017

Higher Education

Join your higher education peers for a participant-driven discussion of topics focused on the roles colleges and universities play in regional economies. Share your successes and explore solutions to common challenges as you identify strategies to take back to your institution.
Day 2
Sep 14 2017

Maximizing Innovation in Manufacturing: A Look Ahead

In this discussion-based session, manufacturing thought leaders from MForesight, a national consortium focused on enhancing U.S. manufacturing competitiveness through partnering with the broader manufacturing community to inform policies and investment in advanced manufacturing technology development, will explore recommendations around enhancing performance across the supply chain, improving cyber security for manufacturers and developing an advanced manufacturing workforce. Additionally, this session will discuss best practices for engaging local manufacturers early in the technology development process to accelerate implementation, and for facilitating university technology transfer to local manufacturers.

Understanding Defense R&D Funding Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Defense has an annual budget of approximately $13 billion for R&D and has become increasingly interested in working with external partners for joint projects. DOD's innovation initiatives can operate either department-wide or within specific services and all have an ultimate, internally-focused goal of aiding the American war-fighter, and these different orientations can lead the uninitiated to find working with DOD confusing. During this session, a panel of experienced practitioners will discuss traditional and novel opportunities to work with DOD to advance innovation.
Tom Gillespie

Defining Solutions Toward Our Workforce Challenges

Articulating the specific challenges facing the workforce development community is a necessary step before identifying potential solutions. This interactive discussion will discuss these key challenges, describe the different elements of “talent,” and recognize how different partnerships and initiatives are approaching the topic. Finally, we will look at the implications for clusters and technology-based economic development more broadly.
Maureen Conway
Maureen Conway
Day 3
Sep 15 2017

Higher Ed’s Role in Addressing Workforce

A skilled workforce is essential in the innovation economy. Part of higher ed's output are educated citizens that make up the future workforce, but beyond that general goal, what exactly is higher ed's role in addressing companies' workforce needs. In this session, we'll consider the role that higher ed plays, misconceptions about what it is and is not doing, and then take a look at examples where higher ed is working with industry to address workforce shortages.
Debbie Hughes
Michael Cassidy
Michael Cassidy

Impact

Day 1
Sep 14 2017

Scaling Socially-Positive Companies

More communities, investors, innovators and entrepreneurs each day are recognizing we need to be creating companies that simultaneously address three measures of success: wealth, jobs and societal/environmental impact. This most-important pivot still represents too tiny of a portion of tech-based economic development, however. How do you get started? How do you embed impact into your existing portfolio of services? In this session, we'll hold a candid conversation with leaders delivering meaningful, impact innovation for their stakeholders and communities.

Creating a Better Future: Winning Approaches

Exclusive insight into outstanding, innovative economic development initiatives is a key reason to attend the SSTI Annual Conference. Through the power roundtable format, attendees will gain insight into award-winning initiatives through one-on-one interaction with practitioners from the organizations that are creating a better future in their region. The session will leave participants energized with more than a dozen specific best practices and ideas to help craft a better future in their region.
Day 2
Sep 15 2017

Making the Argument for Innovation as a Priority

A federal budget proposal that would slash support for research, innovation and assisting companies. Talking points that undermine science and the scientific method. Tepid (at best) support for higher education. It’s no wonder the innovation community feels under attack. Yet, survey work done by SSTI and passage of statewide ballot issues indicates there is strong popular support for investments in science and technology for economic prosperity. How do we translate that popular support into political support? How do we make the argument for innovation as a priority to audiences ranging from rural legislators to city council members? In this interactive discussion session, we’ll consider what we know about support for our work, what’s worked in making the argument and what we need to do for broader success.
Kent Glasscock
Dan Berglund
Dan Berglund

Program Management

Day 1
Sep 13 2017

Capital Program Management

Successful management of capital programs will be the focus of this roundtable. Come to discuss capital challenges, investment structures, program administration and ongoing sustainability with peers from around the country.

State Initiatives

Those involved with innovation initiatives on the state level will want to join their peers for a lively conversation focused on today’s topics of interest. This is your time to explore solutions to challenges present on the state level and hear how others are meeting the needs presented in their states.
Day 2
Sep 14 2017

Scaling Socially-Positive Companies

More communities, investors, innovators and entrepreneurs each day are recognizing we need to be creating companies that simultaneously address three measures of success: wealth, jobs and societal/environmental impact. This most-important pivot still represents too tiny of a portion of tech-based economic development, however. How do you get started? How do you embed impact into your existing portfolio of services? In this session, we'll hold a candid conversation with leaders delivering meaningful, impact innovation for their stakeholders and communities.

Creating a Better Future: Winning Approaches

Exclusive insight into outstanding, innovative economic development initiatives is a key reason to attend the SSTI Annual Conference. Through the power roundtable format, attendees will gain insight into award-winning initiatives through one-on-one interaction with practitioners from the organizations that are creating a better future in their region. The session will leave participants energized with more than a dozen specific best practices and ideas to help craft a better future in their region.

Starting a Cluster Initiative: Assessing Why, When and How To

When developing a cluster strategy, garnering sufficient support is a crucial step before formalizing a program or initiative. This session will explore the ins and outs of developing a regional cluster and innovation initiative, with a focus on private-sector leadership and developing partnerships for long-term sustainability and success. Hear from cluster initiative leaders from around the country about their experiences growing an entrepreneurial ecosystem, communicating the network’s value and measuring success.
Ellen Kahler
Ellen Kahler
Brad Bishop

From Zero to Exit: Lessons from Successful Public-Private Investment Funds

Aah, the exit! Moving an innovation startup through investment and mentoring services all the way to a successful exit isn't easy. In fact, many of the younger regionally based funds haven't experienced many exits yet; the youngest funds, none. In this session, we will have a rare opportunity to listen in on a conversation among some of the most experienced -- and successful -- VDO investment managers in the field. Drawing insights on how their funds have achieved multiple exits, the managers will discuss topics ranging from team selection, fund objectives, governance, due diligence techniques, key leadership qualities and path selection toward exit, to closure. We'll also hear them explore the various forms an exit can take and the policy implications for a public-private investment fund. This session will be designed for an audience having some investment experience.
Lynn Gellermann
Lynn Gellermann
Tom Weithman
Tom Weithman
Peter Longo
Peter Longo
Day 3
Sep 15 2017

Launching Funds in Under-Capitalized Regions

Many regions have little or no investment capital readily available, but the fundamentals for a fund may still be present. In the absence of an existing local model, how can a prospective fund pull existing resources together, attract the right staff and launch successfully? This session will feature experienced investment practitioners discussing their efforts, challenges and successes in marshaling this funding.
Brian Slawin
Brian Slawin
James Ramey
Michele O'Connor
Michele O’Connor

Making the Argument for Innovation as a Priority

A federal budget proposal that would slash support for research, innovation and assisting companies. Talking points that undermine science and the scientific method. Tepid (at best) support for higher education. It’s no wonder the innovation community feels under attack. Yet, survey work done by SSTI and passage of statewide ballot issues indicates there is strong popular support for investments in science and technology for economic prosperity. How do we translate that popular support into political support? How do we make the argument for innovation as a priority to audiences ranging from rural legislators to city council members? In this interactive discussion session, we’ll consider what we know about support for our work, what’s worked in making the argument and what we need to do for broader success.
Kent Glasscock
Dan Berglund
Dan Berglund

Cultivating CEO Talent: What Works and What Doesn’t

Transforming an innovation into a commercial success requires a level of entrepreneurial sophistication that often seems in short supply. Over the years, organizations have tried a wide variety of approaches to develop a robust stable of C-suite talent to call upon. Come prepared to engage in an open conversation about these initiatives in your region -- this session is intended to help regions improve the efficacy of existing programs and to learn from others' lessons.
Atul Varadhachary
Atul Varadhachary

Fostering Company Connections

Whether it is helping a startup capture its first customer, or helping small- and medium-sized businesses tap into larger supply chains, connecting companies of all sizes is critical to regional innovation clusters. This interactive roundtable session will feature multiple examples of how cluster and innovation initiatives are fostering connections between large and small companies for the betterment of the cluster as a whole.
Paula Sorrell
Paula Sorrell
Byron Clayton
Byron Clayton
Kristy Campbell
Mark Harris
Mark Harris

R&D

Day 1
Sep 13 2017

Higher Education

Join your higher education peers for a participant-driven discussion of topics focused on the roles colleges and universities play in regional economies. Share your successes and explore solutions to common challenges as you identify strategies to take back to your institution.
Day 2
Sep 14 2017

Maximizing Innovation in Manufacturing: A Look Ahead

In this discussion-based session, manufacturing thought leaders from MForesight, a national consortium focused on enhancing U.S. manufacturing competitiveness through partnering with the broader manufacturing community to inform policies and investment in advanced manufacturing technology development, will explore recommendations around enhancing performance across the supply chain, improving cyber security for manufacturers and developing an advanced manufacturing workforce. Additionally, this session will discuss best practices for engaging local manufacturers early in the technology development process to accelerate implementation, and for facilitating university technology transfer to local manufacturers.

Creating a Better Future: Winning Approaches

Exclusive insight into outstanding, innovative economic development initiatives is a key reason to attend the SSTI Annual Conference. Through the power roundtable format, attendees will gain insight into award-winning initiatives through one-on-one interaction with practitioners from the organizations that are creating a better future in their region. The session will leave participants energized with more than a dozen specific best practices and ideas to help craft a better future in their region.

Collaborating with Research Resources

Tech drives innovation economies but numerous regions and clusters leave one of the single greatest sources of IP - the federal labs - largely untapped. Speakers will discuss some of the creative ways organizations leverage the labs' innovation portfolios to help region- and cluster-based companies find technical solutions, launch new products and create economic growth. Participate in this session to identify new ways your region can work with federal labs to unlock a better future.
Dean Amhaus
Dean Amhaus
Charlie Brock
Charlie Brock
John Dement
John Dement
Jerry Adams
Jerry Adams

Understanding Defense R&D Funding Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Defense has an annual budget of approximately $13 billion for R&D and has become increasingly interested in working with external partners for joint projects. DOD's innovation initiatives can operate either department-wide or within specific services and all have an ultimate, internally-focused goal of aiding the American war-fighter, and these different orientations can lead the uninitiated to find working with DOD confusing. During this session, a panel of experienced practitioners will discuss traditional and novel opportunities to work with DOD to advance innovation.
Tom Gillespie
Day 3
Sep 15 2017

Insights into the New Federal R&D Portfolio

In the midst of an uncertain political environment, federal agencies continue to make investments in scientific research and transformation that provide critical support to regional innovation economies. Join this conversation on the current direction of these investments and policies related to the federal R&D portfolio.
Jodi Black
Jodi Black
Barry Johnson
Barry W. Johnson
Rebecca Bagley
Rebecca Bagley

Regions

Day 1
Sep 13 2017

Regional Innovation Networks and Clusters

Convene with other organizations looking to boost economic success and industry competitiveness through cluster collaborations during this meeting of colleagues looking to forge new partnerships, share their knowledge and build new connections.
Day 2
Sep 14 2017

Starting a Cluster Initiative: Assessing Why, When and How To

When developing a cluster strategy, garnering sufficient support is a crucial step before formalizing a program or initiative. This session will explore the ins and outs of developing a regional cluster and innovation initiative, with a focus on private-sector leadership and developing partnerships for long-term sustainability and success. Hear from cluster initiative leaders from around the country about their experiences growing an entrepreneurial ecosystem, communicating the network’s value and measuring success.
Ellen Kahler
Ellen Kahler
Brad Bishop

Collaborating with Research Resources

Tech drives innovation economies but numerous regions and clusters leave one of the single greatest sources of IP - the federal labs - largely untapped. Speakers will discuss some of the creative ways organizations leverage the labs' innovation portfolios to help region- and cluster-based companies find technical solutions, launch new products and create economic growth. Participate in this session to identify new ways your region can work with federal labs to unlock a better future.
Dean Amhaus
Dean Amhaus
Charlie Brock
Charlie Brock
John Dement
John Dement
Jerry Adams
Jerry Adams

Defining Solutions Toward Our Workforce Challenges

Articulating the specific challenges facing the workforce development community is a necessary step before identifying potential solutions. This interactive discussion will discuss these key challenges, describe the different elements of “talent,” and recognize how different partnerships and initiatives are approaching the topic. Finally, we will look at the implications for clusters and technology-based economic development more broadly.
Maureen Conway
Maureen Conway
Day 3
Sep 15 2017

Launching Funds in Under-Capitalized Regions

Many regions have little or no investment capital readily available, but the fundamentals for a fund may still be present. In the absence of an existing local model, how can a prospective fund pull existing resources together, attract the right staff and launch successfully? This session will feature experienced investment practitioners discussing their efforts, challenges and successes in marshaling this funding.
Brian Slawin
Brian Slawin
James Ramey
Michele O'Connor
Michele O’Connor

Fostering Company Connections

Whether it is helping a startup capture its first customer, or helping small- and medium-sized businesses tap into larger supply chains, connecting companies of all sizes is critical to regional innovation clusters. This interactive roundtable session will feature multiple examples of how cluster and innovation initiatives are fostering connections between large and small companies for the betterment of the cluster as a whole.
Paula Sorrell
Paula Sorrell
Byron Clayton
Byron Clayton
Kristy Campbell
Mark Harris
Mark Harris

Rural

Day 1
Sep 14 2017

Defining Solutions Toward Our Workforce Challenges

Articulating the specific challenges facing the workforce development community is a necessary step before identifying potential solutions. This interactive discussion will discuss these key challenges, describe the different elements of “talent,” and recognize how different partnerships and initiatives are approaching the topic. Finally, we will look at the implications for clusters and technology-based economic development more broadly.
Maureen Conway
Maureen Conway
Day 2
Sep 15 2017

Launching Funds in Under-Capitalized Regions

Many regions have little or no investment capital readily available, but the fundamentals for a fund may still be present. In the absence of an existing local model, how can a prospective fund pull existing resources together, attract the right staff and launch successfully? This session will feature experienced investment practitioners discussing their efforts, challenges and successes in marshaling this funding.
Brian Slawin
Brian Slawin
James Ramey
Michele O'Connor
Michele O’Connor

Making the Argument for Innovation as a Priority

A federal budget proposal that would slash support for research, innovation and assisting companies. Talking points that undermine science and the scientific method. Tepid (at best) support for higher education. It’s no wonder the innovation community feels under attack. Yet, survey work done by SSTI and passage of statewide ballot issues indicates there is strong popular support for investments in science and technology for economic prosperity. How do we translate that popular support into political support? How do we make the argument for innovation as a priority to audiences ranging from rural legislators to city council members? In this interactive discussion session, we’ll consider what we know about support for our work, what’s worked in making the argument and what we need to do for broader success.
Kent Glasscock
Dan Berglund
Dan Berglund

Cultivating CEO Talent: What Works and What Doesn’t

Transforming an innovation into a commercial success requires a level of entrepreneurial sophistication that often seems in short supply. Over the years, organizations have tried a wide variety of approaches to develop a robust stable of C-suite talent to call upon. Come prepared to engage in an open conversation about these initiatives in your region -- this session is intended to help regions improve the efficacy of existing programs and to learn from others' lessons.
Atul Varadhachary
Atul Varadhachary

Fostering Company Connections

Whether it is helping a startup capture its first customer, or helping small- and medium-sized businesses tap into larger supply chains, connecting companies of all sizes is critical to regional innovation clusters. This interactive roundtable session will feature multiple examples of how cluster and innovation initiatives are fostering connections between large and small companies for the betterment of the cluster as a whole.
Paula Sorrell
Paula Sorrell
Byron Clayton
Byron Clayton
Kristy Campbell
Mark Harris
Mark Harris

Tech Transfer

Day 1
Sep 13 2017

Higher Education

Join your higher education peers for a participant-driven discussion of topics focused on the roles colleges and universities play in regional economies. Share your successes and explore solutions to common challenges as you identify strategies to take back to your institution.
Day 2
Sep 14 2017

Creating a Better Future: Winning Approaches

Exclusive insight into outstanding, innovative economic development initiatives is a key reason to attend the SSTI Annual Conference. Through the power roundtable format, attendees will gain insight into award-winning initiatives through one-on-one interaction with practitioners from the organizations that are creating a better future in their region. The session will leave participants energized with more than a dozen specific best practices and ideas to help craft a better future in their region.

Collaborating with Research Resources

Tech drives innovation economies but numerous regions and clusters leave one of the single greatest sources of IP - the federal labs - largely untapped. Speakers will discuss some of the creative ways organizations leverage the labs' innovation portfolios to help region- and cluster-based companies find technical solutions, launch new products and create economic growth. Participate in this session to identify new ways your region can work with federal labs to unlock a better future.
Dean Amhaus
Dean Amhaus
Charlie Brock
Charlie Brock
John Dement
John Dement
Jerry Adams
Jerry Adams
Day 3
Sep 15 2017

Insights into the New Federal R&D Portfolio

In the midst of an uncertain political environment, federal agencies continue to make investments in scientific research and transformation that provide critical support to regional innovation economies. Join this conversation on the current direction of these investments and policies related to the federal R&D portfolio.
Jodi Black
Jodi Black
Barry Johnson
Barry W. Johnson
Rebecca Bagley
Rebecca Bagley

Workforce

Day 1
Sep 13 2017

State Initiatives

Those involved with innovation initiatives on the state level will want to join their peers for a lively conversation focused on today’s topics of interest. This is your time to explore solutions to challenges present on the state level and hear how others are meeting the needs presented in their states.

Higher Education

Join your higher education peers for a participant-driven discussion of topics focused on the roles colleges and universities play in regional economies. Share your successes and explore solutions to common challenges as you identify strategies to take back to your institution.
Day 2
Sep 14 2017

Creating a Better Future: Winning Approaches

Exclusive insight into outstanding, innovative economic development initiatives is a key reason to attend the SSTI Annual Conference. Through the power roundtable format, attendees will gain insight into award-winning initiatives through one-on-one interaction with practitioners from the organizations that are creating a better future in their region. The session will leave participants energized with more than a dozen specific best practices and ideas to help craft a better future in their region.

Defining Solutions Toward Our Workforce Challenges

Articulating the specific challenges facing the workforce development community is a necessary step before identifying potential solutions. This interactive discussion will discuss these key challenges, describe the different elements of “talent,” and recognize how different partnerships and initiatives are approaching the topic. Finally, we will look at the implications for clusters and technology-based economic development more broadly.
Maureen Conway
Maureen Conway
Day 3
Sep 15 2017

Addressing High Demand Sectors’ Workforce Needs

Increasing the skills of current and future workers is an important task in growing and maintaining a successful regional innovation cluster. This session will explore how cluster initiative practitioners are working with industry to develop innovative programs to provide the skills needed for in-demand jobs. Additionally, this session will include a discussion on implementing sector partnerships around workforce development through activities such as apprenticeships, credentialing, and other mechanisms.
Kevin Doyle
Kevin Doyle

Cultivating CEO Talent: What Works and What Doesn’t

Transforming an innovation into a commercial success requires a level of entrepreneurial sophistication that often seems in short supply. Over the years, organizations have tried a wide variety of approaches to develop a robust stable of C-suite talent to call upon. Come prepared to engage in an open conversation about these initiatives in your region -- this session is intended to help regions improve the efficacy of existing programs and to learn from others' lessons.
Atul Varadhachary
Atul Varadhachary

Higher Ed’s Role in Addressing Workforce

A skilled workforce is essential in the innovation economy. Part of higher ed's output are educated citizens that make up the future workforce, but beyond that general goal, what exactly is higher ed's role in addressing companies' workforce needs. In this session, we'll consider the role that higher ed plays, misconceptions about what it is and is not doing, and then take a look at examples where higher ed is working with industry to address workforce shortages.
Debbie Hughes
Michael Cassidy
Michael Cassidy