TBED Community of Practice

With support from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), SSTI has launched a Tech-based Economic Development (TBED) Community of Practice.

This initiative builds the capacity of EDA grantees to achieve greater impacts for their regional innovation economies. 

SSTI’s work emphasizes:

  • Identifying and distributing best practices in structuring, measuring and planning TBED initiatives;
  • Fostering community among grantees around types of TBED activities and target audiences/technologies; and,
  • Facilitating communication with external stakeholders, including funders, clients and partners. 

The TBED Community of Practice is for grantees across all EDA funding programs -- Build to Scale, Economic Adjustment Assistance, Public Works, Technical Assistance and more.

We have two easy ways to connect with the TBED Community of Practice:

This information is also available as a factsheet [pdf].


Subcommunities of Practice

SSTI is supporting subcommunities that focus on strategies within the field. Given the broad nature of the TBED field, we believe that fostering networks within more specific areas of practice will help achieve these goals. Learn more about the purpose of the subcommunities from these FAQs.

The three subcommunities availble at this time are: Entrepreneurship Development; Risk Capital; and, Lab-to-Market.

To register for a subcommunity of practice, complete this brief registration form letting us know what subcommunities and topics most interest you.


Community Events

Hear from your Peers – Three Build to Scale Success Stories
June 20 @ 2pm ET | Free

Interested in leveraging EDA's Build to Scale program to launch or grow your innovation programs? Go beyond what you can learn from the NOFO and video explainers and hear from three B2S awardees about their experiences with the program. Speakers will discuss what challenge they sought to address, how that process developed in practice, and what impact the award helped them achieve in their communities.


  • Amanda Hedrick, Director, Grants and Sponsored Programs, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, Shawnee State University/Kricker Innovation Hub
  • Stacy Nimmo, Executive Director, Red Wing Ignite
  • Tim Jones, Chief Operating Officer, Innosphere Ventures

Register for free today.


Immigration pathways for TBED
July 25 at 3pm ET | Free

Immigrant talent is a key driver of innovation in technology and entrepreneurship. However, navigating and understanding the many legal options available can be challenging. Join this TBED Community of Practice webinar to learn about pathways for TBED immigration, including lesser-known tools and under-utilized features of common immigration paths. Doug Rand, Senior Advisor to the Director of USCIS and a former Assistant Director for Entrepreneurship in the Office of Science and Technology Policy will present.

Register for free today.


SSTI's 2024 Annual Conference
Dec. 10-12 | Arizona

SSTI’s conference is the event for practitioners and policymakers working to strengthen their regions through science, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship. People attend to meet peers from around the country, reconnect with old friends, learn what initiatives are working in other regions, and discuss trends that are important to the industry. In addition to thought-provoking keynotes, the agenda will include open forums and ample discussion so that you can share your perspective and have your questions answered. 

Stay tuned to ssticonference.org for details or sign up to receive the latest updates.


Past Events

Recordings and slides from previous TBED Community of Practice webinars are available in SSTI's Webinar Library


Research & Tools

Key Technology Area Investment Data Tool

SSTI has released a new data tool that defines investment activity, one indicator of the vibrancy of a region’s innovation economy, in each of 18 technology areas. Comprising two interactive visuals and a downloadable data file, this tool includes three investment data points by state, year (2013-2023), and investment stage (e.g., seed, angel, venture) for technology verticals that were selected to align with many of the key technology areas defined in the CHIPS and Science Act and included in the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) Tech Hubs program. 

Access the data tool.


Federal Funding Video Library

To help organizations that implement TBED strategies better-understand the wide variety of programs that can fund their work, SSTI has created the Federal Funding Video Library. Find brief explainer videos on the following programs:

  • EDA Build to Scale Capital Challenge
  • EDA Build to Scale Venture Challenge
  • EDA STEM Talent Challenge

View the full Federal Funding Video Library

SSTI is in the process of recording and editing additional videos. Suggest topics to tbedcop@ssti.org.



Note: The TBED Community of Practice is a project of SSTI using Federal funds under award ED22HDQ3070129 from the Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations of resources on this page are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Economic Development Administration or the U.S. Department of Commerce