An Ocean of Opportunity: Transforming Regional Economies

Each year, SSTI’s annual conference covers a range of issues related to tech-based economic development, including capital access, regional systems, tech transfer, workforce development, and inclusive entrepreneurship. Sessions use a mix of formats, such as discussion groups, panel presentations, roundtables, and keynote talks — as well as networking time through receptions, breaks, and a fun run!

The full conference agenda and speakers will be updated regularly — check back often for the latest updates!

Note: This is the condensed version of the agenda, if you prefer to see all details on one page, view the full version.

Sept. 9

12:30 pm – 4:30 pm (variable) | Workshops and Roundtables (choose one)

Amplify your conference experience by participating in a workshop or roundtable on the first afternoon. Each meeting is designed to maximize conversation and provide useful takeaways. Start and end times vary by topic.

— Effective Network Leadership – the Workshop Edition

— Optimizing Universities’ Economic Impacts

— Tour of the Providence Innovation Economy

4:15-5:15 p.m | First-Time Attendees /New Members Welcome Reception

If you are new to the conference, or recently joined SSTI as a member, our Welcome Reception is designed just for you to introduce you to others in the innovation community.

Evening | Opening Reception

Sept. 10

8:00 am | Breakfast

9:00 am | Welcome & Opening Plenary

— Gov. Gina Raimondo to Welcome SSTI Annual Conference Attendees
SSTI and conference host Rhode Island Commerce Corporation are pleased to announce Gov. Gina Raimondo is scheduled to deliver welcoming remarks during the opening plenary session and officially kick off SSTI’s Annual Conference in Providence on September 10!

10:45 am | Networking Break

11:15 am | Case Studies & Topic Briefs (choose one)

— Portfolio Approach to Capital

Vermont’s Food and Forest Products Cluster Initiatives: A Case Study in Similarities and Differences

— Interactive Tools to Promote Innovation

— What’s new with SBIR?

— Latest in Federal Innovation Policy

12:00 pm | Lunch & Keynote Speaker

Keynote speaker: Thomas Brostrøm, President, Ørsted North America; CEO, Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind

Thomas Brostrøm oversees North American operations for Ørsted – the global leader in offshore wind – which encompasses a diverse portfolio of offshore wind projects along the U.S. East Coast. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the American Wind Energy Association – the national trade organization for the U.S. wind industry. In 2016, Rhode Island became home to the first offshore wind farm in the nation and continues to lead in clean energy initiatives.

2:00 pm | Breakout Sessions I (choose one)

— Debt: The Other Startup Capital

— Putting the “RI” in Regional Innovation Economies

— Unlocking Equitable, Inclusive Innovation Entrepreneurship

— Using Research Data to Enhance University-Industry Collaborations

3:15 pm | Networking Break

3:45 pm | Breakout Sessions II (choose one)

— Managing an Investment Network

— Broadening Workforce Efforts to Build Economic Gains

— Innovation in Traditional Industries

— Connecting Academic Departments with Industry Partners

5:00 pm | National Innovation Reception

7:00 pm | Dine-Arounds

Sept. 11

8:00 am | Breakfast

9:00 am | Breakout Sessions III (choose one)

— Social Entrepreneurship: Good Businesses, Great Economies

— Revitalizing Former Industrial Cities

— Successful Support for First-time SBIR Applicants

10:15 am | Networking Break

10:45 am | Breakout Sessions IV (choose one)

— Clean Energy, Water Tech and Green Innovation

— Developing Innovation Hubs in Smaller Cities and Towns

— Innovation and the Next Generation of Local Manufacturing

Power Roundtable: Helping Innovative Companies to Build Your Regional Economy

12:00 pm | Plenary: Trends in Regional Innovation Economies

No SSTI conference would be complete without our annual presentation of trends in regional innovation economies. Covering topics from workforce participation and capital formation to new state programs and federal policy, this talk addresses a wide range of important issues for the field. Be prepared to leave the conference with your head full of new angles, challenges, and opportunities to consider for your work.

Featuring Dan Berglund, SSTI President and CEO.