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Attend Innovation U 2.0

There’s still time to register for next week’s national conference on new strategies for university economic development. The conference,  Innovation U 2.0: Reinventing University Roles in a Knowledge Economy, runs June 24 and 25 at the Research Triangle Park Foundation Conference Center. It’s based on the groundbreaking report of the same name.

Recovery from the Great Recession of 2007 depends on harnessing the power of innovation to drive economies. Universities have long been huge producers of intellectual capital, and many in the public and private sectors are looking to them as lynchpins for regional innovation economies.

Against this background, the Innovation U 2.0 conference will present national thought leaders who will share strategies for increasing the economic impact of universities. The report that inspired the conference describes how technological innovation, entrepreneurship and business and community partnerships happen in a carefully selected case sample of 12 major U.S. universities.  The role of organizational leadership and culture is a prominent theme as well.  The report’s case studies include:

  • Arizona State
  • Brigham Young University
  • California Technical Institute
  • Carnegie Mellon
  • Clemson University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • North Carolina State University
  • Purdue University
  • Stanford University
  • University of Florida
  • University of Utah

A PDF version of the book is also available at Additional conference activities include a tour of RTP and a forum discussion of the future of higher education by the Kettering Foundation.

Conference and project sponsors include the National Science Foundation; the William R. Kenan Jr. Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science; the College of Humanities and Social Sciences; the Orfalea College of Business at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo; the North Carolina Office of Science & Technology; the State Science & Technology Institute; the Information Technology Innovation Foundation; the Southern Governors Association; and the Research Triangle Park Foundation.

More information, including agenda, speaker list, and registration form, are available at

Register soon: participation limited to 175 attendees.

For more information, contact Scott Doron, NC Office of Science and Technology, at, or Denis Gray


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