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SBA establishes the Invention, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Advisory Committee

October 05, 2023

SBA's Office of Investment and Innovation recently established the Invention, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Advisory Committee (IIEAC) to serve as an independent source of information, advice, and recommendations to the Administrator on matters broadly related to the U.S. startup and small business innovation ecosystem. 

The committee will provide information and recommendations on how SBA can:

  • Support innovation across the United States.
  • Develop or evolve SBA programs and services to address commercialization hurdles.
  • Address vulnerabilities and gaps in funding domestic invention and innovation.
  • Facilitate and enable broad access to, and participation in, federal innovation support and funding programs.

The IIEAC is tasked with examining the issues facing U.S. innovation economy stakeholders in these subject areas.

Committee members include:

  • Philip Gaskin, Executive Fellow and strategic advisor to the Office of the President and CEO, at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation;
  • Julie Lenzer, chief innovation officer at the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI);
  • Andrew McCandless, chairman and CEO, Bascom Hunter;
  • Dr. Carol Dahl, board member, Venture Well, VertueLab, and Washington Research Foundation;
  • Colleen D. Egan, president & CEO of the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition;
  • David McFeeters-Krone, principal, Intellectual Assets Corp.;
  • Dr. Dedric A. Carter, vice chancellor for innovation and chief commercialization officer at Washington University in St. Louis;
  • Dr. Jake Reder, CEO, Celdara Medical;
  • Dr. Jenny Servo, president, Dawnbreaker;
  • ML Mackey, CEO and a co-founder of Beacon Interactive Systems;
  • Dr. Ramón Barquin III, chairman of the board, Atlantic University;
  • Eric Adolphe, CEO and founder, Forward Edge-AI;
  • Richard Carroll, chairman, Innovative Defense Enterprises;
  • Dr. Sally C. Morton, executive vice president of knowledge enterprise at Arizona State University; and
  • Tim Tiemann, managing director of innovation programs, California State University Northridge.

SSTI congratulates our members, Dedric Carter, Carol Dahl, and Colleen Egan for being named to this committee.

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