• SSTI’s Annual Conference offers an exciting mix of speakers, workshops, social events and networking opportunities.
  • 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.

Federal Agencies Roll Out Funds for Domestic, International Broadband Efforts

October 01, 2015

Earlier this week during a keynote address at the United Nations, a U.S. Department of State official unveiled an initiative to bring 1.5 billion people around the world online by 2020. Global Connect, the new initiative, will be a cross-agency effort to make Internet access a top priority in foreign policy. The State Department announcement explicitly states that Internet access is being made a priority because of its role in entrepreneurship, innovation, knowledge flows and market creation.

Reminder: Deadline for 2015 Regional Innovation Strategies Applications October 5

October 01, 2015

As a reminder, the closing date for applications to the Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program is Monday, October 5. A program of the EDA’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the 2015 RIS Program Competition includes $10 million to support two unique grant opportunities:

States Seek Slice of Growing Unmanned Aircraft Industry

October 01, 2015

As the Federal Aviation Administration continues to propose regulations around the fledging unmanned aircraft system (UAS) industry in order to ensure that it integrates into the current system as well as possible, states are beginning to act in order to improve their own competitiveness.

DOE Releases Second Quadrennial Technology Review on S&T Energy Efforts

October 01, 2015

The Department of Energy (DOE) released the 2015 Quadrennial Technology Review (QTR), a more than 500-page report examining the status of foundational energy science and technology (S&T). The QTR also highlights the research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) opportunities with a focus on technologies with commercialization potential in the mid-term and beyond.

Federal Reserve: Workforce Crisis Demands Large-Scale Transformation of U.S. Initiatives

October 01, 2015

Researchers from the Federal Reserve Banks of Kansas City and Atlanta, along with the John J Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, recently published a comprehensive examination of the state of contemporary workforce initiatives. Editors Carl Van Horn, Tammy Edwards and Todd Green have assembled chapters and case studies from more than 70 authors that depict challenges, long-term structural changes and policy opportunities in national, state and local workforce efforts in the current economy.

PitchBook: Alumni of Top 10 Universities for VC-Backed Entrepreneurs Attract $33.5B in 2010-2015

October 01, 2015

Undergraduate alumni from the top 10 universities for venture capital-backed (VC-backed) entrepreneurs launched over 3,000 companies that were able to attract $33.5 billion in VC funding from 2010 to 2015, according to the third edition of PitchBook’s Universities Report 2015-2016 Edition. Four public research institutions, UC-Berkeley, University of Michigan, University of Texas, and University of Illinois, finished in the top 10.

DOE Accepting Applications for Small Business Voucher Pilot Program

September 24, 2015

The Department of Energy (DOE) announced that it is accepting applications for the first round of its Small Business Vouchers Pilot (SBV) program. Under the SBV program, the DOE will commit up to $20 million in technical and research assistance awards to help small businesses bring next-generation clean energy technologies. Companies may apply for and receive up to $300,000 in assistance from U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories nationwide.