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Best Practices for Bolstering Economic Development and Building Your University’s Innovation Ecosystem

A Four-Session Distance Learning Collection
Format: On-Demand Video/Transcript, or DVD
Price: $397 (regularly $788)
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Universities worldwide are being called upon like never before to promote innovation, entrepreneurship and the commercialization of research – and to demonstrate the results of their efforts in terms of economic impact. Jobs, payrolls, and tax receipts have become some of the new metrics for tech transfer organizations as local, state and national government leaders push for growth through research discoveries and innovation-driven start-up activity.

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For many, this has brought closer integration and partnership with local and regional economic development agencies, as well as more pressure to demonstrate the ways TTOs and their universities contribute to their communities’ fiscal well being.

But large scale economic development initiatives come with equally large challenges, and that’s why Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has compiled best practice advice from six top university-driven economic development efforts. In this outstanding, four-session distance learning collection, you’ll hear from the leaders at:

  • University of New Mexico’s Innovate ABQ
  • Technology Square at Georgia Tech
  • Arizona State University’s AZ Furnace
  • TechStars
  • Rutgers University
  • University of Maryland

They will discuss how they successfully created the partnerships, plans, funding channels, and support for these efforts – and made big strides in boosting their regional economies, building out their innovation ecosystems, and getting more research out of the lab and into the marketplace. You’ll get over 4 hours of expert advice and practical guidance, plus more than 50 pages of supplemental material prepared exclusively for each program by the presenters.

You get the on-demand video, transcript, and original program materials – and receive unlimited access for you, your staff and faculty. You can use this valuable collection over and over whenever the need arises, and share it freely throughout your organization!

See below for program details.

Session 1Session 2Session 3Session 4

Creating An Accelerator Furnace for University Technology: Arizona State’s Success Story


Charlie Lewis, Vice President of Venture Development, AzTE

Gordon McConnell, Managerial Leader – Entrepreneurship Center at KAUST (Formerly Assistant Vice President for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Venture Acceleration, Arizona State University)

Wiley Larsen, Venture Manager

Program Overview:
You’ll hear from the leadership team at Arizona State, who’ll describe this creative and comprehensive approach to moving “stale” innovations into fruitful start-ups, jobs, and economic gains for the state.

How To Build and Nurture an Innovation District


Stephen Fleming, Vice President, Strategic Business Initiatives, University of Arizona (Formerly Vice President and Executive Director of the Enterprise Innovation Institute, Georgia Institute of Technology)

Lisa Kuuttila, CEO & Chief Economic Development Officer at STC.UNM, the tech transfer and economic development arm of the University of New Mexico

Program Overview:
In this case study style program, hear the philosophies of each program, how they are building and growing their innovation districts, and what the biggest challenges are when trying to make public-private partnerships work.

Start-Up Accelerator Best Practices: Speed the Launch of Sustainable Businesses


Nicole Glaros, Managing Director for Techstars

Gordon McConnell
, Managerial Leader – Entrepreneurship Center at KAUST (Formerly Assistant Vice President for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Venture Acceleration, Arizona State University)

Program Overview:
Join leaders from the world’s #1 accelerator and one of the top university-based accelerators to hear their best practices, lessons learned, and key success strategies in this practical program.

Transform Your TTO Into an Economic Development Engine


Dr. Michael J. Pazzani, Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development at UC Riverside (Formerly Vice President for Research and Economic Development at Rutgers University)

Brian Darmody, Associate Vice President for Research and Economic Development, University System of Maryland.

Program Overview:
Hear from two universities that stand out as proactive examples of how to meet the economic development challenge. Rutgers University and the University of Maryland have each created a dedicated economic development office, and are actively employing creative strategies to stimulate economic impact and measure their results.

To make this outstanding collection most useful to you and your organization, with your purchase you receive:

  • On-Demand Video access to all programs
  • Transcripts to all programs
  • Access to all of the original program materials including slideshows and handouts for attendees
  • Note: A DVD copy of the collection is available for an additional $50.

Plus: You can share it throughout your organization when, where, and how best suits your training needs!

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