Magazine article The Small Business Advocate

Advocacy Hosts Regional Innovation and Policy Event in Pittsburgh

Magazine article The Small Business Advocate

Advocacy Hosts Regional Innovation and Policy Event in Pittsburgh

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On March 12 and 13, the Office of Advocacy sponsored a regional innovation event in Pittsburgh, Pa., titled "Small Business and Government: Maximizing Entrepreneurship, Driving Innovation." Held at the University of Pittsburgh's Katz Business School, the event was another installment of the national innovation conversation Advocacy kicked off in Seattle last fall.

Advocacy organized 10 panel sessions around critical sectors and themes: high technology and innovation, life sciences, health care, energy, advanced materials, young entrepreneurship, women and minority entrepreneurship, information technology and urban entrepreneurship, manufacturing, and social entrepreneurship. The audience of more than 350 people actively participated in the conversation, raising important issues for each sector.

The makeup of each session was meant to represent the sector ecosystem - the key components whose interdependence produces a cohesive environment in which entrepreneurship thrives. The result was a series of discussions that identified the core barriers, big ideas, or best practices necessary for that sector to thrive. A second important aspect was the interaction of the fundamental contributors to each sector, clearly illustrating the interdependence of the disciplines within a sector ecosystem.

Advocacy heard from all angles necessary to create, grow, and sustain regional business development: entrepreneurs, scientists, researchers, policymakers, and public institutions investing in education, research, and technology transfer.

Chief Counsel for Advocacy Winslow Sargeant kicked off both days' events and actively participated in discussions for each session. …

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