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Inaugural Excellence in TBED Awards to be Presented at Conference

September 05, 2007

SSTI's annual conference is as much a community homecoming as it a unique professional development opportunity. With our latest addition to the schedule, SSTI is making it even more of both! By attending SSTI's annual conference this year, you have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be present for the inaugural-year announcement of SSTI's Excellence in TBED Award winners. The Award recognizes the longstanding achievements made by the TBED community in promoting research, entrepreneurial development, a skilled workforce, and innovation in existing companies. The celebration will be held following lunch on Oct. 18.

Strong evidence of the need for a recognition program for the TBED community was provided by the breadth and sheer number of applications SSTI received for the first-ever awards in six categories:

  • Expanding the research infrastructure
  • Commercializing research
  • Building entrepreneurial capacity
  • Increasing access to capital
  • Enhancing the S&T workforce
  • Improving the competitiveness of existing industries

Conference participants are certain to be impressed with how the initiatives gained momentum, achieved their success, and used experience, innovation and resourcefulness to create such inspiring programs. Overviews of the winning initiatives will be presented through two specially dedicated breakout sessions during the conference. As one of the selection criteria focused heavily on program replicability, the knowledge to be gained through these examples, alone, is worth the price of admission.

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