SSTI’s 2019 Annual Conference could not happen without the support of these outstanding organizations.

Conference Host

The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation works with public, private and nonprofit partners to create the conditions for businesses in all sectors to thrive and to improve the quality of life for its citizens by promoting the state’s long-term economic health and prosperity. RICC offers business assistance, access to funding and red tape reduction for companies of all sizes. As a quasi-public agency, it is the official full-service, economic development organization for the state of Rhode Island. Through the Science & Technology Advisory Council and its Innovate RI Fund, RICC increases R&D, encourages entrepreneurship, and enables innovation.

Local Sponsors

The Partnership for Rhode Island is non-profit organization formed in 2017 with the goal of making this state a better place to live, work and do business. With over 30,000 local employees, our twelve member CEO-level board includes most of the largest employers in the state. We are focused on building strategic partnerships and philanthropic commitments to support our four focus areas: K-12 education, infrastructure, workforce training and business attraction.

eMoney Advisor provides technology solutions and services that help people talk about money. Rooted in comprehensive financial planning, eMoney’s solutions strengthen client relationships, streamline business operations, enhance business development and drive overall growth. More than 60,000 financial professionals across firms of all sizes use the eMoney platform to serve 4.4 million households throughout the U.S.

Infosys is a global leader in next-generation digital services and consulting. Enabling clients in 45 countries to navigate their digital transformation. With over three decades of experience in managing the systems and workings of global enterprises, Infosys expertly steers clients through their digital journey. They do it by enabling the enterprise with an AI-powered core that helps prioritize the execution of change. They also empower the business with agile digital at scale to deliver unprecedented levels of performance and customer delight. Infosys always-on learning agenda drives continuous improvement through building and transferring digital skills, expertise, and ideas from their innovation ecosystem.

Polaris MEP provides competitive business improvement programs to grow Rhode Island’s manufacturing industry. Polaris MEP is a statewide nonprofit organization, an affiliate of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP), and a business unit of URI Ventures. URI Ventures provides University of Rhode Island researchers, including faculty & students, with resources to facilitate the commercialization of advanced research. They connect inventors with industry and welcome industry partners who are interested in licensing innovative intellectual property.

RI Science & Technology Advisory Council (RI STAC) is dedicated to creating economic opportunity and job growth by leveraging our state’s unique assets in science, technology and design.  It’s programs support the state’s research and development activities by promoting collaboration across institutions and encouraging entrepreneurship and new company creation through the transfer of new technologies and discoveries into the marketplace.

National Sponsors

America’s Seed Fund powered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) awards more than $200 million annually to startups and small businesses, transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial and societal impact. Startups working across almost all areas of science and technology can receive up to $1.5 million in non-dilutive funds to support research and development (R&D), helping de-risk technology for commercial success. America’s Seed Fund is congressionally mandated through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The NSF is an independent federal agency with a budget of about $8.4 billion that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. For more information, visit seedfund.nsf.gov.

Elsevier’s Research Intelligence portfolio provides reliable data and information, delivering insights to improve decision-making and answer critical questions.  Research institutions, industry, funders and policy makers need actionable insights throughout the strategic research management workflow to build research portfolios, optimize funding flows, assemble collaborative partnerships, and manage and report on the full spectrum of research activities.

The Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer is the formally chartered, nationwide network of over 300 federal laboratories, agencies, and research centers that fosters commercialization best practice strategies and opportunities for accelerating federal technologies from out of the labs and into the marketplace.

Fourth Economy

Fourth Economy is a national community and economic development consulting firm that focuses on fostering action to create great communities, impactful organizations, and strong economies.

The Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) is committed to strengthening U.S. manufacturing. It has had a profound impact on the growth of well-paying jobs, development of dynamic manufacturing communities, and enhancement of American innovation and global competitiveness.

Innovation Policyworks enables economic development officials at state, regional and local levels make better, data-driven decisions by providing expert research, analysis and recommendations. Our clients see innovation and entrepreneurship as critical elements of their economic development strategy, and are developing new programs or policies, and/or evaluating existing ones. New in 2019: an e-book available on Amazon Kindle: Creating, Building and Supporting Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: What You Can Do, and an online course, Innovation-based Economic Development: A Step-by-Step Process to Leverage Innovation and Entrepreneurship to Drive Growth in Your State, Region, or Community.


Founded and funded by the Maine State Legislature, MTI offers grants, loans, equity investments, and services to support new ideas, products, methods, programs and infrastructure with the potential to grow and diversify Maine’s economy and increase the number of quality jobs throughout the state.

TEConomy Partners is a global leader in research, analysis and strategy for innovation-based economic development. Today, TEConomy Partners is helping nations, states, regions, universities, institutions and industries blueprint their future and translate knowledge into prosperity.

Ben Franklin are partners guided by a singular purpose; to guide the region’s technology community to new heights. Through their unique model, Ben Franklin provides the capital, counsel and connections that empower innovators to accelerate their ideas and investors to expand their impact.

The Launch Place, an investor in early stage companies, strives to foster an environment for new and serial entrepreneurs to raise capital and garner the support system needed to take their products and/or solutions into the market place.

Content Supporters

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