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Future of Urban Innovation: City Strategies for Encouraging Startups

On Tuesday, June 9, 2015, Columbia University and the U.S. Department of Commerce hosted the Future of Urban Innovation: Startups, a full-day event featuring speakers and panels from government, academia, industry, and the VC community. For more session videos, audio files, and transcripts, click here.

City Strategies for Encouraging Startups

  • Doug Cole, General Partner, Flagship Ventures
  • Eric Gertler, Executive Vice President and Managing Director for the Center for Economic Transformation at the NYC Economic Development Corporation
  • Maria Gotsch, President and CEO, Partnership Fund for New York City
  • Jessica Lawrence, Executive Director, New York Tech Meetup
  • Chelsea Rao, Vice President, Business Services, Empire State Development
  • Minerva Tantoco, Chief Technology Officer for the City of New York

Intellectual property is a red-hot topic, and the field is evolving at a pace that may leave some entrepreneurs struggling to keep up. This panel of intellectual property experts offers best practices and common pitfalls relating to start-up patent strategies, tips for working with attorneys, insights into the role of IP for emerging companies, and an examination of the possible impact of pending patent reform efforts being considered in Washington.