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SBA hosting Innovation Ecosystem Summit next week

November 10, 2021

The U.S. Small Business Administration is hosting its first innovation ecosystem summit, a free virtual event that is open to all. The summit is expected to connect entrepreneurial support organizations (ESOs) that work with startups and small businesses — particularly those serving underrepresented communities — that are trying to build out and commercialize their technologies. The three-day summit takes place next week, Nov. 15-17.

SBA says attendees will learn how to navigate the SBIR/STTR world; leverage each other’s strengths on how to best connect entrepreneurs working on advanced technologies to the country’s largest source of early- stage funding; discover ways to build a network that is inclusive of underrepresented communities; and more.

Sessions will cover a variety of entrepreneurial topics including SBIR Catalyst and collaborative partnerships; funding for ecosystem builders; entrepreneurship in regional innovation economies, which will be led by SSTI Policy and Development Director Jason Rittenberg; and more.

Interested parties can register here.

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