• SSTI's FY15 Budget Request Special Issue

    Each year, SSTI provides Digest readers with a review of TBED spending in the the president's federal budget request. Throughout the week, we'll be offering an agency-by-agency look at proposed spending on research, business assistance and economic development...
  • Download SSTI's 2013 TBED Trends Report

    In 2013, a slow yet stable national economic recovery gave rise to many new initiatives across states and regions with a shift toward targeted and refined investments in the high-tech economy for quicker returns.
  • Join us in Chicago for SSTI's 2014 Annual Conference

    SSTI’s Annual Conference will be held in Chicago, September 14-16, 2014. SSTI's conference offers the right balance of activities to achieve better connections, closer collaboration, and a stronger community. Registration is now open!
  • Brag About Your Success!

    Each year, SSTI recognizes initiatives that greatly impact regional economies through a national competition showcasing innovative approaches to building tech-based economies. SSTI's open call for applications for the 2014 Excellence in TBED awards begins April 16.
  • Access the SSTI Webinar Library

    SSTI’s monthly webinar series, Inspiring Thought, is an affordable way to stay on top of new ideas in encouraging economic growth. Miss a webinar? No problem. Past webinars are now available for purchase.
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    SSTI is giving away FIVE copies of Innovation U 2.0 to our Facebook fans. The publication identifies the 12 best practice universities at generating economic impact from their intellectual capital. Hurry! Winners will be announced on Friday, April 11.

MA Gov Announces Innovation-Focused Economic Development Package

April 10, 2014

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has unveiled an economic development package intended to bolster the state’s role in the global tech economy through multi-year investments totaling an estimated $100 million.

Tips for Writing a Better Proposal: Sign up for May 7 Awards Call

April 10, 2014

Registration is now open for the Excellence in TBED awards informational call. The purpose of the call is to share tips on writing a better proposal, explain the program in greater detail, and answer questions. Advice from past judges of the awards program also will be highlighted. Learn more and register at: http://www.sstiawards.org/

NSF Launches Online Portal for BRAIN Initiative

April 09, 2014

On the first anniversary of President Obama's BRAIN Initiative (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) announcement, the National Science Foundation (NSF) unveiled a new online portal that allows visitors to find NSF brain-related information in one place.

Private Sector Input Drives Montana Business Plan

April 09, 2014

Montana’s new business plan commissioned by Gov. Steve Bullock outlines five overarching themes, described as pillars, with specific goals, objectives and tasks for diversifying the state’s economy. Encouraging innovation and supporting emerging industries is the focus of one pillar, with recommendations for strengthening the role of universities, establishing funding streams for entrepreneurs, and developing a network of statewide business mentors. The Main Street Montana Project was lead by two top business leaders in the state to ensure private sector buy-in, according to the governor.

OSTP Estimates STEM Spending in Proposed FY15 Budget Totals $2.9B

April 08, 2014

A progress report from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) provides a useful overview of the Obama administration’s ongoing STEM efforts and the roster of STEM initiatives included in the president’s FY15 budget request. Under the proposed budget, federal spending on STEM education would reach $2.9 billion in FY15, a 3.7 percent increase over FY14 funding as enacted.

MA Group Crafts Strategy to Confront National Decline of Early Stage Bio Capital

April 08, 2014

Massachusetts’ continuing success in the biopharmaceutical sector depends on finding new ways to fund startup and early stage research activities, according to a new strategic plan released by the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (MassBio). The report cites recent data showing that life sciences venture capital has fallen by 50 percent over the past five years and many investors have turned to later stage investments.