The SSTI Excellence in TBED Awards Podcast Series is live for the first time. Listen to our 2015 winners as they discuss their organization’s award-winning economic development models and provide best practices that can help cultivate economic prosperity in your region! The new format also will allow you to ask questions that are important to improving your professional and organizational efforts.
In June, the free webinar series will highlight the success of:
Wednesday, June 8, 3:00 P.M. ET
The Water Council – Improving Competitiveness of Existing Industries
The Water Council was established in 2009 by Milwaukee-area businesses, education and government leaders. The nonprofit organization, consisting of more than 170 members, links together global water technology companies, innovative water entrepreneurs, acclaimed academic research programs and, most importantly, some of the nation’s brightest and most energetic water professionals. The Water Council is capturing the attention of the world and transforming the Milwaukee region into a World Water Hub for freshwater research, economic development and education. Statewide, the water technology industry has more than 200 companies in Wisconsin, over 20 academic partners with water-based curriculum, and water-technology exports growing by 7.4 percent in 2014.
- Dean Amhaus, President & CEO, The Water Council
Thursday, June 16, 3:00 P.M. ET
TechAccel: Kansas State University – Most Promising TBED Initiative
The Kansas State University Institute for Commercialization, along with private management and investment, has developed and launched TechAccel – a new concept to overcome the technology advancement gap that has long plagued university developed technologies. TechAccel partners with global companies to identify global market needs and the transformational science needed to effectively address those needs. TechAccel then co-funds and manages the $2 million to $4 million in science advancement that a partnering company believes is necessary to de-risk potentially transformational technologies that can address global market demand. This strategy allows large companies to broaden their R&D capacity, small companies to distribute internationally, and universities and research institutions to more easily bring new inventions to the commercial market.
- Kent Glasscock, President, Kansas State University Institute for Commercialization
Wednesday, June 22 3:00 P.M. ET
The Corridor: Matching Grants Research Program – Expanding Research Capacity
The Corridor’s Matching Grants Research Program (MGRP) combines the academic and research capabilities of three leading universities – UCF, USF and UF – with the industrial resources and entrepreneurial energies of companies in the 23-county region known as Florida’s High Tech Corridor. The program has established relationships for nearly 3,000 faculty and students with more than 360 companies, resulting in the direct hire of approximately 100 graduates, roughly 215 patents, and the development of seven specialized university research centers.
- Randy Berridge, President, The Corridor