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SBA:2021 Innovation Ecosystem Summit

Monday, November 15, 2021 - 6:00am to Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 2:00pm
Price: 
FREE

The inaugural Summit is curated to connect ESOs from around the country to leverage one another and build inclusive innovation ecosystems.

Gather with new and thriving entrepreneurial support organizations working with startups and small businesses, particularly those serving underrepresented communities, that are trying to build out and commercialize their technologies.

What to Expect

  • Leverage each other's strengths on how to best connect entrepreneurs working on advanced technologies to the country’s largest source of early- stage funding
  • Learn how to navigate the SBIR/STTR world
  • Leave with creative and actionable ways to build a network that is inclusive of underrepresented communities
  • and much more...

Who Should Attend

  • Entrepreneur Support Organizations or Individuals
  • Accelerators, Incubators, and similar funding or training organizations
  • VC firms
  • Economic Development Organizations (State, Local)
  • Federal Labs and Research Institutions
  • Federal Agencies working in science and tech
  • University Entrepreneurial Groups
  • Resource and Service providers (Co-working, Networking, Funding, etc)
  • and, those in the Tech-Based Economic Development world

All geographic levels (City, Regional, National) and all high-tech sectors (Health, Energy, Agriculture, etc.) are welcome and encouraged to attend, particularly those focused on underrepresented communities.

SBA’s participation in this activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

Schedule
November 15 (10)
November 16 (10)
November 17 (9)
 
 
9:00AM–9:30AM

Stage

Welcome to the 2021 Innovation Ecosystem Summit from the 27th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration
Bios below: Isabella Casillas, Bailey DeVries

 

Isabella Casillas Guzman, 27th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Adminis...

Isabella Casillas Guzman27th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration
 
Bailey DeVriesAssociate Administrator, Office of Investment and Innovation, U.S. Small Business Administration
 
9:30AM–10:10AM

Stage

Fireside Chat with Kathryn Finney, Interviewed by Natalie Madeira Cofield
Bios below: Kathryn Finney, Natalie Madeira Cofield

 

Kathryn Finney, Founder and CEO/General Partner, Genius Child/The Greenho...

Natalie Madeira CofieldAssistant Administrator, Office of Women's Business Ownership, U.S. Small Business Administration
 
Kathryn FinneyFounder and CEO/General Partner, Genius Guild/The Greenhouse Fund
10:10AM–10:15AM

Stage

Intro to the SBIR Catalyst Program
Bio below: Brittany Sickler

 

Brittany Sickler, Senior Innovation Policy Advisor, Office of Innovation and Technology, Office o...

Brittany SicklerSenior Innovation Policy Advisor, U.S. Small Business Administration
10:15AM–11:00AM

Stage

State of the Nation's Startup Economy
Bio below: JF Gauthier

 

JF Gauthier, Founder and CEO, Startup Genome

Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur and Fou...

JF GauthierFounder & CEO, Startup Genome
11:00AM–11:30AM

Stage

Collaborative Activity
11:30AM–12:00PM

Stage

Early Stage Investment, Federal Dollars, and Startups
Bios below: Pat Riley, Tony Shipley

 

Pat Riley, CEO, GAN; Managing Partner, GAN Ventures

As the CEO of GAN and ...

Pat RileyCEO, GAN
Tony ShipleyImmediate Past Chair, Executive Committee, Angel Capital Association
12:00PM–12:15PM

Stage

Cultivating an Equitable Invention Ecosystem
Bios below: Rachel Jagoda Brunette, Jennifer Shieh

 

Rachel Jagoda Brunette, Program Officer, The Lemelson Foundation<...

Rachel Jagoda BrunetteProgram Officer, The Lemelson Foundation
Jennifer ShiehChief Scientist and Program Manager, U.S. Small Business Administration
12:15PM–12:45PM

Breakouts

Breakout Sessions
Breakout 1: Clean Energy Innovation to Enable a Just Climate Transition | Rukmani Vijayaraghavan

Breakout 2: Rural Innovation Ecosystems | Matt Dunne

Matt McMahonDirector - NIH SEED, National Institutes of Health
Mike KileyNNCO
 
Lisa FriedersdorfDirector, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office
Stacey StandridgeDeputy Director,, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office
 
Rukmani VijayaraghavanInnovation and Market Transformation Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy, Water Power Technologies
 
12:45PM–1:00PM

Stage

Closing Remarks, Day I
Bailey DeVriesAssociate Administrator, Office of Investment and Innovation, U.S. Small Business Administration
 
Brittany SicklerSenior Innovation Policy Advisor, U.S. Small Business Administration
1:00PM–1:30PM

Expo

Virtual Happy Hour
 

Speakers

Sandeep Patel

BARDA DRIVe Director

Pat Dillon

Director, Minnesota Technology Association

Thyaga Nandagopal

Senior Advisor, Office of the Director, National Science Foundation

Mark Madrid

Associate Administrator, Office of Entrepreneurial Development, U.S. Small Business Administration

 
Alison Evans

Presidential Management Fellow, U.S. Small Business Administration

 
Dana Catron

Deputy Director/SBIR Program Director, Arrowhead Center at NMSU

Larry Stubblefield

Associate Administrator, Office of Veterans Business Development, U.S. Small Business Administration

Kellie Kubena

Deputy, Rural Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture

 
Roy Keller

Associate Director, Louisiana Business and Technology Center

Isabella Casillas Guzman

27th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration

 
Erick Page-Littleford

Senior Technology Policy Advisor, U.S. Small Business Administration

 
Dusty Lang

Director, DHS SBIR Program, LRPAA Program Manager, DHS

 
Elden Hawkes, Jr.

Partnership and Innovation Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration

 
Preston James

CEO and Co-Founder, DivInc.

 
Stephanie Fertig

HHS Small Business Program Lead, National Institutes of Health

Natalie Madeira Cofield

Assistant Administrator, Office of Women's Business Ownership, U.S. Small Business Administration

 
Eric Smith

Director of the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, EDA

 
Jenn Gustetic

Director of Early Stage Innovations and Partnerships, NASA

 
Margo Fliss

Manager of Strategic Engagement, University of Alaska Center for Economic Development

Matt McMahon

Director - NIH SEED, National Institutes of Health

Jason Kessler

Program Executive, SBIR/STTR Program, NASA

Mike Kiley

NNCO

 
Bailey DeVries

Associate Administrator, Office of Investment and Innovation, U.S. Small Business Administration

 
Rukmani Vijayaraghavan

Innovation and Market Transformation Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy, Water Power Technologies

 
Steve Case

Chairman and CEO, Revolution

Kathryn Finney

Founder and CEO/General Partner, Genius Guild/The Greenhouse Fund

Carlos Gutierrez

Chief Strategy Officer, Larta Institute

Rachel Jagoda Brunette

Program Officer, The Lemelson Foundation

Jeffrey Sachse

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Stacey Standridge

Deputy Director,, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office

 
Nancy Kamei

Program Director - SBIR/STTR, NCI/NIH

Lisa Friedersdorf

Director, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office

Jim Woodell, PhD

Owner and Principal, Jim Woodell & Company

Joey Arora

VP of Growth, The Outpost

Paul Zielinski

Executive Director, FLC

Konstantin Izvolsky

Director, Consulting & Training, Foresight Science & Technology, Inc.

Jenny C. Servo

President, Dawnbreaker, Inc.

Jerry Hollister

Sr. Principal Consultant, BBC Entrepreneurial Training and Consulting

Thomas Wavering

Exec. Director Tom Love Innovation Hub, University of OK

Lil Roberts

CEO & Founder, Xendoo Inc.

Cecilia Wessinger

Founder, Mass Collaboration

JF Gauthier

Founder & CEO, Startup Genome

John Williams

Director of Innovation and Technology, U.S. Small Business Administration

Jennifer Shieh

Chief Scientist and Program Manager, U.S. Small Business Administration

Brittany Sickler

Senior Innovation Policy Advisor, U.S. Small Business Administration

Jason Rittenberg

Policy & Development Director, SSTI

Tony Shipley

Immediate Past Chair, Executive Committee, Angel Capital Association

Pat Riley

CEO, GAN

Charles Ross

Interim President and CEO, InBIA

Allie Burns

CEO, Village Capital

Megan Aanstoos, PhD

Licensing & New Ventures Manager, Kentucky Commercialization Ventures

Monique Kuykendoll Quarterman

Executive Director, Kentucky Commercialization Ventures

Siobhan Dullea

CEO, MassChallenge

Victor Hwang

Founder & CEO, Right to Start

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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.