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Something for Every TBED-er in SSTI Conference Agenda

September 05, 2007

Once again, SSTI's members have assembled one of our finest slates of sessions yet to anchor the 11th annual conference, Oct. 18-19, in Baltimore. Providing the core of the conference, the 19 sessions are structured to allow ample discussion time among participants, something we're told sets SSTI's conferences apart from the rest.

Additionally, SSTI uses a two-stage survey process each summer to develop the conference agenda rather than having the agenda set by invitation or call for papers many months in advance. The result is all topics to be discussed were ranked as being of highest interest or most pressing need by SSTI's sponsors and affiliates — your peers from around the country! Given the breadth and diversity of interests and perspectives present among SSTI's membership, the slate of sessions is assured to offer at least one topic of interest for nearly every component of the TBED community during each of the five time slots offering concurrent breakout sessions. In many cases there will be multiple sessions you'd like to attend, making the team approach the best way to participate. Bringing multiple members of your state or local TBED community will also enable you to better transform the excitement and new knowledge gained at the conference into a solid action plan when you return home.

The following is a list of the sessions. Full descriptions and lists of speakers are available online at: http://www.ssticonference.org/Conf07/schedule.htm

  • TBED Business Models: The Revenue Issue
  • Tools to Encourage Innovation and Speed Commercialization
  • Community Colleges’ Role in TBED
  • Best TBED Practices [to Avoid]
  • Aligning TBED & Conventional Economic Development
  • Keys to Effective Tech Entrepreneurship Education
  • TBED Success through Partnership with Federal Laboratories
  • SBIR: Current Status, Future Developments
  • The Maryland Strategy: From R to D to $
  • Future of University Tech Transfer
  • What’s Exciting about Manufacturing?
  • SSTI Awards for TBED Excellence (a two part session, if necessary)
  • New Strategies for Rural TBED
  • Universities as Regional Economic Drivers
  • Successful TBED Implementation in Small & Mid-Sized Communities
  • Does a National Innovation Initiative Really Change Anything for State TBED?
  • States’ Evolving Roles In Equity Capital
  • TBED Research Impact

The conference closes out with the perennial favorite, What's Next for TBED?, an engaging discussion among all conference participants on the trends, challenges and opportunities facing TBED practitioners across the country. As always, the discussion will be led by SSTI President and CEO Dan Berglund.

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