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

A conversation on the pros and cons of Salesforce for grant reporting
Feb. 21 @ 2pm ET | Free

Salesforce is the most widely-used customer relationship management platform, but it has limitations. Even with free nonprofit licenses, impactful add-ons can be expensive. During this webinar, SSTI will discuss and share their process of using Salesforce for tracking, reporting, and communicating about TBED initiatives and engage with the audience to get a broad perspective from the field.


  • Susan Niple, membership director, SSTI
  • Jason Rittenberg, vice president, SSTI

Register here.


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-June 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