Innovation Accelerator/ Innovation Summit by NSF in CMU

Submitted by admin on Tue, 09/27/2011 - 12:00

CMU is hosting this innovation summit, sponsored by the NSF and its private partner, the Innovation Accelerator. Entrepreneurs, early-stage companies, and anyone who might ever be interested in applying for an NSF SBIR (Small business Innovation Research) award are encouraged to attend. The purpose of the Innovation Accelerator @ Carnegie Mellon is to stimulate the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem of Pittsburgh and to support Carnegie Mellon's leadership role in this system. The summit will provide detailed information about the NSF SBIR program directly from the leaders and Program Managers of the NSF SBIR program.

In addition, Innovation Accelerator is bringing in four live NSF SBIR case study companies to tell their stories about what the SBIR funding has meant to their startup companies. Each case study will feature a company executive, the NSF Program Director, and an Innovation Accelerator representative and moderator. The case study companies’ industries include medical devices, software, advanced manufacturing, and robotics.

Date: Friday, October 14, 2011

9-10:30am – GENERAL SESSION - Overview of NSF,IA; Role of innovation and SBIR Program to the U.S.
10:45am-12:00pm – Case studies 1 & 2 run simultaneously
12-1pm – LUNCH (provided)
1-2:15pm – Case studies 3 & 4 run simultaneously
2:30 -3:30pm Wrap up and networking (refreshments provided)

Note: Attendance is free but advance registration is required. To register please email Cleah Schlueter,

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