Interview with Randy Berridge of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council

2010 Winner of the Improving Competitiveness of Existing Industries Category

Leveraging the strengths and resources of the three Florida High Tech Corridor universities, the Matching Grants Research Program expands the innovation capacity of companies and high-tech industries in the region by providing research dollars for companies seeking solutions in product development, intellectual property and contracting R&D. More than 2,600 faculty and students have conducted research through this program with 350 companies, resulting in an economic impact of more than $1.3 billion in the 23-county region.

Randy BerridgeListen to Randy Berridge’s response to the following questions in this clip (approximately 16 minutes):

  • Tell us about the Matching Grants Research Program and how it fits into your overall mission.
  • What factors do you find necessary for the academic or private relationships to succeed and what advice would you give to other organizations looking to replicate your model?
  • How has the Council demonstrated its value to multiple legislatures over the years in order to retain the state’s commitment to the program?

Or download the transcript at: http://www.sstiawards.org/transcripts/berridge.pdf.

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