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Future of Urban Innovation: Government Strategies: Federal Support for Entrepreneurship

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.

Government Strategies: Federal Support for Entrepreneurship

  • Alejandra Castillo, National Director, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
  • Julie Kirk, Director, Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Economic Development Administration
  • Mark Rigdon, Executive Director, Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase
  • Javier Saade, Associate Administrator, Office of Investment and Innovation, Small Business Administration

The federal government's role in university-based innovation is typically thought of as funding for research and development, but these days it does so much more. This panel will dive into the various ways that the federal government fostering entrepreneurship through region based initiatives, support for innovation clusters, grants, direct support for small business, and encouraging inclusive entrepreneurship.