Track G

G4 Intentional Inclusive Investment to Drive Innovation

Track: Other

Target Audience: All Audiences

Jennifer Shieh, US Small Business Administration

Arlan Hamilton, Backstage Capital
T. Allen Morris, University of Louisville
Jeffrey Robinson, Rutgers University

To truly transform the world with innovation, the environment must be inclusive of all promising talent, leveraging diversity of all types including gender, race, ethnicity and disability. Gender-diverse companies are 15 percent more likely to financially outperform less diverse companies. Ethnically diverse companies are 35 percent more likely. This session will connect individuals and organizations with a common goal to innovate around the challenge of building a more inclusive technology transfer and entrepreneurial ecosystem. You’ll learn about existing efforts, resources, programs and progress made to grow a diverse and inclusive innovation ecosystem, with a particular focus on funding and resources for innovators. We’ll hear perspectives from venture capital, federal Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs, and discuss university-based pilot programs, including AWARE (Advancing Women And underRepresented Entrepreneurs), a National Science Foundation-funded pilot, and the Minority Business Development Agency Inclusive Innovation Initiative supporting federal technology transfer.

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