1. Innovation and Entrepreneurship Roundtable

    Innovation and Entrepreneurship Roundtable

    On Friday, the EDC hosted Raj Melville, the Executive
    Director of the Deshpande Foundation, and David Parker, the Executive Director
    of the Deshpande Foundation-funded Merrimack Valley Sandbox. We invited a dozen
    people from the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem for an engaging discussion of
    best practices and opportunities around university- and community-based
    entrepreneurship.

    Everyone who attended learned something. We believe that
    connections and collaborations around best practices in similar regions is a
    proven success model, whether around international regions with similar
    industry clusters or around similar Gateway Cities in Massachusetts.

    The EDC wishes to acknowledge Steve Davis from Ventry
    Associates and the Davis Foundation, who recently agreed to chair the EDC’s new
    Innovation and Entrepreneurship Committee. Steve attended today’s roundtable,
    along with leaders from our university, business and entrepreneurial
    communities. For more information, please contact Michael Graney, m.graney@westernmassedc.com, or
    Ann Burke, a.burke@westernmassedc.com.

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