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Thomas Vass

Thomas Vass
Private Capital Markets
Predicting Technology: Identifying Future Market Opportunities and Disruptive Technologies
Morrisville, NC

Ed Morrison

Ed Morrison
Executive Director
Institute for Open Economic Networks
Cleveland, OH

Speakers for Program 2:

Jon Gregory

Jon Gregory
Golden Capital Network
Chico, CA

Roger Akers

Roger Akers
Managing Director
Akers Capital LLC
Fair Oaks, CA

Chris Gibbons

Chris Gibbons
Littleton Business/Industry Affairs
Littleton, CO


Introduction: Innovation Economics

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1: Welcome and introductions

2: The “traditional” economic development model-basic premises

3: Major strategies: low wage jobs, low cost production, recruitment and marketing

4: Funding incentives and main beneficiaries

5: Role of innovation in the traditional model

6: Innovation economics and entrepreneurship models

7: Two models - major stakeholders and benefits

8: Metrics of innovation model and open ED systems

9: Game plan and thinking ahead

10: Seeing around the corner

BACKGROUND: The New Reality of Innovation Economics

CFI’s national Roundtable on Innovation Economics addresses the critical issues of using innovation to drive an effective economic development strategy.  Among the many controversial questions raised by the Moderators, two stand out: “Why, if innovation economics is such a great idea, has the adoption and use of this tool of economic development been so slow” and “Does the traditional economic development model retard development of regional economic innovation?”  The CFI Network is invited to join the discussion of this significant and evolving approach to building globally competitive community and regional economics.

About the Innovation Economics Roundtable

  • Kickoff - two live teleconference with discussions open to all CFI Network Subscribers (free subscription)
  • National Roundtable Dialogue on Innovation Economics - continuing scheduled executive briefings and conversations with experts on best practices of successful innovation economics (members only - JOIN NOW)


Who Should Participate?


  • Economic development and technology commercialization leaders intent upon expanding innovation economics in their metropolitan region and accelerating investments in technology innovation companies in local communities.
  • Business experts who help jump-start and grow emerging innovation-based enterprises.

Roundtable Benefits:

  • Learn new innovation economics development tools
  • Learn best practices to support existing small manufacturing enterprises in an innovation growth phase
  • Learn how to increase start ups of innovative new technology enterprises
  • Connect with financial business support networks that help entrepreneurial high technology companies succeed.

 Scheduled connect-and-discuss topics:

  • How to promote new venture creation. In-progress projects to help create and promote commercial success of high technology firms that drive the growth of new jobs and increase the wealth of metropolitan regions.
  • How to promote innovation in existing small manufacturing firms in metro regions.
  • How to enhance productive networking among regional product development, engineering and prototyping firms that provide the innovation platform in metro regions.
  • How to identify and build "linked-in" networks of the full range of capital market providers and resources that support innovation investment capital.
  • How to identify capital market exit paths for regional firms that allow them to remain commercially viable in the regional economy after the exit event.
  • How economic developers and other regional growth professionals can participate in continuing professional education on the use of new economic tools that support the innovation process in metro regions.



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