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Reigniting the Innovation Economy: Where Do Universities Fit In?

Mark Marich

As Washington debates a final agreement on the economic stimulus, we know that America’s colleges and universities are going to play an important role in revitalizing and strengthening the innovation economy. But, how can we be sure that new public investments have the greatest impacts on both short-term recovery and in helping to build a competitive entrepreneurial economy over the long-term?

Please join us next Tuesday, February 17, on Capitol Hill for a Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship briefing as three leading minds share real insights on how universities can drive regional innovation and economic growth.

Driving the discussion will be a new study about the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)  experience which both dispels myths and provides useful lessons. Among U.S. universities, MIT has been a global leader in spawning world-class businesses and helping to nurture a strong innovation ecosystem in Massachusetts and elsewhere. If firms founded by MIT alumni operated as a single economy, they would be the 17th largest economy in the world. This indicates that with the right resources and programs in place, many more universities can, in effect, be the catalyst to enabling a new generation of job creators.


Tuesday, February 17, 2009
11:15 am - 12:30 pm
Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2318
(House Committee on Science and Technology)


Edward Roberts, Founder and Chair, MIT Entrepreneurship Center

Lesa Mitchell, Vice President, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Robert Atkinson, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

*Note: The House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct and the Senate Select Committee on Ethics have been consulted about this meeting which is considered consistent with House and Senate rules.

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