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Great Value for Insightful Pre-Conference Sessions

October 07, 2009

SSTI’s pre-conference workshops have received high praise from past participants because of their personalized nature, their dedication to sharing knowledge, and their opportunities to forge worthwhile relationships with other participants. The two pre-conference sessions scheduled on Wednesday, October 21 are no different and will provide plenty of value for those in attendance.

Our extremely popular “Where Do We Start?: Introduction to Technology-Based Economic Development” all-day pre-conference workshop is tailored to professionals new to the field of tech-based economic development. In a format that is engaging, educational and enjoyable, you will discover proven building blocks and programs for creating technology companies, financing high-tech firms, commercializing technology, and developing productive university-industry partnerships.

With a cost of just $75 for SSTI members and $95 for non-members, Intro to TBED from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. is the perfect setting for you or new members of your staff or board to discover what your peers and their organizations are doing to build tech-based economies. The day will be led by two of the top names in our field: Dan Berglund, President & CEO of SSTI; and Marsha Schachtel, Senior Fellow at the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies.

Our other pre-conference session is a free, half-day afternoon workshop: NIST's Industrial Technology Programs: Tapping the Technology Innovation Program (TIP) and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). SSTI is co-hosting the gathering, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. along with officials from NIST to highlight how to engage with TIP and MEP, two of the most market-driven programs operated by the federal government.

The meeting will give you a chance to learn about:

  • New federal funding opportunities;
  • New resources to support early-stage research;
  • New products and services to expand manufacturing;
  • New tools to help foster growth and innovation in companies;
  • New models to accelerate technology commercialization and translation; and
  • New ideas about ways to integrate state, local, and federal investments.


More information on the pre-conference sessions, including details on the required registration process, is available at http://www.ssticonference.org/.

Whether you are driving in for the day, or using the pre-conference workshops to springboard into the rest of SSTI’s 13th Annual Conference, these workshops will provide an abundance of knowledge for an excellent price.