• SSTI’s Annual Conference offers an exciting mix of speakers, workshops, social events and networking opportunities.
  • Learn More about Funding Opportunities for Regional Innovation Initiatives

    SSTI hosted a webinar with EDA's Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship about the current Regional Innovation Strategies program solicitation. Learn how to build a competitive proposal.
  • At SSTI’s Annual Conference, a unique community comes together—who you work for and what services you deliver don’t matter. We become a single community driven by a common purpose: cultivating prosperity through innovation.

Nevada Reestablishes Office of Science, Innovation, and Technology

September 03, 2015

As part of Nevada’s efforts to better prepare its workers to compete in the state’s technology industries, Gov. Brian Sandoval announced the reestablishment of the state’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology, naming Brian Mitchell its program director.

Tuition Revenue Rises at Public Universities, Colleges as State, Local Appropriations Decrease

September 03, 2015

An August 2015 report prepared by an independent consulting firm for the Association of Public & Land-grant Universities (APLU) seeks to answer the question: How Did Revenue and Spending per Student Change at Four-Year Colleges and Universities Between 2006-07 and 2012-13? During the six-year period analyze

VA Youth Entrepreneurship Council to Expand Student IP Rights, Opportunities

September 03, 2015

A new Virginia council will coordinate the state’s efforts to help young people create businesses. Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently signed Executive Order 47 establishing the Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship, following up on a series of roundtables with students and faculty.

Tennessee Announces Investment to Establish 100 Ag-Tech Businesses by 2020

September 03, 2015

Tennessee leaders hope to raise $10 million in public and private funding over the next five years to support an effort to attract 200 agricultural technology entrepreneurs and establish 100 ag-tech businesses by 2020. USDA Rural Development and the Tennessee Department of Agricultural recently announced they would seed that effort by contributing $220,000 to AgLaunch, a program to aid early-stage ag-tech companies. Memphis Bioworks Foundation will lead the initiatives, providing mentoring and programming opportunities for entrepreneurs. The program will begin in 2016.

President’s S&T Council Recommends Restructuring Federal IT R&D Spending

August 27, 2015

A new report from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) proposes new categories for IT research investment in the coming years. Federally-funded IT research is currently grouped in eight categories introduced in 1995 for the purposes of budgeting and tracking. PCAST is recommending an overhaul of these categories to reflect the contemporary IT landscape. Other recommendations focus on continued investment in cybersecurity, Big Data, health IT and other hot topics.

New Initiatives Drive Rural Broadband Adoption in AL, KY, WI

August 27, 2015

For many states, broadband connectivity is becoming an increasingly important tool used to improve the economic well-being of residents, especially in rural areas. While some have paved the way for publicly funded municipal broadband providers, others, such as North Carolina and Tennessee, have filed suit with the Federal Communications Commission and joined the telecommunications industry in their opposition.

New Programs in St. Louis, Twin Cities Connect Startups With Corporations

August 27, 2015

Recently announced programs in the St. Louis and Minneapolis-St. Paul regions offer startups and major corporations new chances to connect and work together. Pioneered by Illinois’ Corporate Startup Challenge, these types of programs seek to build bridges between important components of the innovation ecosystem: revolutionary new products and services and established market leaders.