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Upcoming IEDC Training Course: Technology-Led Economic Development

International Economic Development Council

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Training Course: Technology-Led Economic Development

April 6-7, 2017

Washington, DC

Regular Member rate: $630

Regular Non-member rate: $780

CEcD Exam: Elective

If you live within driving distance of Washington, D.C., you don’t have to miss this opportunity to explore tech-led strategies to economic development through a hands-on training course. Next week, April 6-7, IEDC will host the tech-led course at the Washington Court Hotel. You can still register online or register on-site the day the course begins.

This technical course focuses on the competitive advantage of regions and the role of economic developers and community stakeholders in building an innovation ecosystem. Multiple case studies will be presented to explain the role of business incubators, accelerators, venture capital, angel networks, gap financing, and more.

A Few Course Highlights:

• Forming strategic alliances and technology clusters
• Building partnerships with higher education and technology councils
• Understanding technology transfer and commercialization

See them all.


Mo Collins
Entrepreneurial Communities

Mo Collins is a speaker, trainer and partner in the Entrepreneurial Communities Project. A native of the Midwest, Collins-Williams was recruited to the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) in 1997 to serve as the Small Business Development Center Director and later became the Director of the UNI Regional Business Center. In 2001, she launched an award winning service-technology incubator as part of an adaptive-reuse downtown revitalization project, followed by a second, campus-based incubator supporting technology transfer and commercialization. See full bio.

Carol Kraus Lauffer


Business Cluster Development

Since joining Business Cluster Development (BCD) as a Principal in 2002, Carol has helped 60 clients across the U.S. to plan and create successful strategies and programs that support entrepreneurship, create new businesses, move innovative products to market, and build strong ecosystems, resulting in economic diversification, job creation, business engagement, technology commercialization, and economic growth. Prior to joining BCD, Carol was Managing Director of Panasonic’s corporate, venture-backed incubator in Cupertino, California and a Principal in its $100 million venture fund. See full bio.

Robert M. Okabe

Co-founder and Managing Director

RPX Group

Robert Okabe has been involved with early stage enterprises on multiple levels for well over a decade. As a co-founder of RPX Group in 2002, he helped develop the firm's strategy and has led many of our largest and most successful engagements. Bob's first direct involvement with formation and development of new ventures was as an angel investor. He has made eleven investments since 1995, with one major liquidity event and two other positive returns of capital. He is also a co-founder of an angel group and helped organize an affiliated angel capital fund. See full bio.

Training Location:

The Washington Court Hotel
525 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001-1527
Phone: (202) 628-2100

The headquarters hotel room block is full, but rooms are now available at the same rate at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel:

Liaison Capitol Hill
415 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington DC  20001
Phone: (1-888)-513-7445

Published on:
March 29, 2017 - 7:33am
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