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PROUD Innovation: From Ideas to Innovations

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Proud Innovation – Learn from LGBTQ+ innovators

On June 15 and 22, USPTO will hold a two-part series on the remarkable work of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) innovators, entrepreneurs, and small business owners. The Proud Innovation series provides an inspiring and useful insight of the innovation process, from ideation to commercialization, with a focus on creating change, building legacies, securing funding, and networking. Part one will focus on how to turn an idea into an innovation. The program will feature a number of notable speakers from across industries with many helpful tips you’ll want to know along your innovation journey. See June 22 calendar for link to sign up for that event. 


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  • Arianna T. Morales, Ph.D., Staff Research Scientist, General Motors R&D Center
  • Suma Reddy, Co-founder and CEO, Future Acres 
  • David Taubenheim, Senior Data Scientist, NVIDIA 
  • Theodore ‘TJ’ Ronningen, Ph.D., Chair, Out to Innovate; Research Scientist, Ohio State University (moderator)
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Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and a Grant with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA or the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the California SBDC closest to you.