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SJSU Student Union Theater

211 South 9th Street

San Jose, CA 95112

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Inclusive innovation is the idea that technology innovation should be as diverse as our nation – everyone can and should participate! However, the latest data tells us that women- and minority-led firms are receiving 2.2% and less than 3% of the venture capital for early stage firms, respectively. How do we change this dynamic? What are the challenges and opportunities for funding startups founded by minorities and women?

This Summit will bring experts and practitioners together to answers these questions and discuss the importance of inclusive innovation for our national economic development. Entrepreneurs, investors, and supporters of diversity, are encouraged to attend the Summit.

The Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship (SVCE) at San Jose State University has partnered with The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development (CUEED) of Rutgers University to present this event. This event is sponsored by the U.S. Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) as part of the Pipeline to Inclusive Innovation (www.CUEEDPII.com).


AGENDA*

8:30 Arrival, breakfast, networking

9:15 Welcome from SJSU (Dr. Dan Moshavi, Dean, Lucas College and Graduate School of Business)

9:30 Introduction to Inclusive Innovation (Dr. Jeffrey Robinson, Director, The Pipeline to Inclusive Innovation & Rutgers CUEED)

9:45 Panel #1 - The Importance of Inclusive Innovation to Silicon Valley and Beyond

  • Moderator: Dr. Anu Basu, Director, SJSU Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship
  • Mona DeFrawi, Serial Entrepreneur & Fintech Innovator
  • Harmony Oswald, Tech Attorney, Startup Mentor & Entrepreneur
  • Eric Kelly, Chairman & CEO, Sphere3D
  • Shrina Kurani, Associate, Better Ventures

10:35 Break

11:00 Panel #2 - Resources and Opportunities for Inclusive Innovation

  • Moderator: Prof. Lyneir Richardson, Executive Director, Rutgers CUEED
  • Dr. Jeffrey Robinson, Director, The Pipeline to Inclusive Innovation & Rutgers CUEED
  • Dr. Yolandra Hancock, CEO, Delta Health and Wellness & Winner, NIH Small Business Innovation Research Grant
  • Jennifer Rimbach, Office of Business Development, MBDA National Office
  • Stuart Berkowitz, Founder, Out of the Fog Research, LLC

12:00 Introduction of Keynote Speaker (Dr. Monica Gavino, SJSU School of Management)

12:05 Keynote: Charles Hudson, Managing Partner, Precursor Ventures

12:30 Closing Remarks

12:35 Lunch, networking with speakers and panelists

*NOTE: Times are approximate, and subject to minor change.

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