The Office of Advocacy, SBA will be engaging the regional (NY, NJ, Greater Philadelphia, Delaware) ecosystem of identified key sectors in a 4-day, 3-city forum. The event will feature different sessions on each day. Monday September 23 (Hercules Center Wilmington De) will feature Green Chemistry, Cyber security, Young and Urban Entrepreneurship and Agro technology. Tuesday September 24 and Wednesday 25 (Navy Yard) will feature Energy, Healthcare, Advanced Materials & Manufacturing, Women and Minority Entrepreneurship, Life Sciences, Information Technology & Social Entrepreneurship and Young and Urban Entrepreneurship. Thursday September 26 (New Jersey) will feature Technology and Communications and then Transportation and Logistics. In the 4 days the federal government will engage a forum of academics (including technology transfer), entrepreneurs, innovators, inventors, investors (venture capitalists, angels, EDAs etc.), essentially engaging the vital ecosystem that is involved with starting, incubating, accelerating and growing the innovation economy. The goal of the event is to develop recommendations on barriers, best practices or BIG IDEAS that provide input to the federal government on opportunities and avenues to optimize the environment for small business entrepreneurs and innovators and the potential to maximize the economic impact and job growth to the nation.
The University of Delaware, College of Business, Director of the Horn Program in Entrepreneurship and Delaware State University College of Business collaborated with the SBA Office of Advocacy in planning this event.