SSTI’s 2018 Annual Conference

SSTI’s 2018 Annual Conference is December 3-5, 2018, in the growing innovation arena of Salt Lake City, Utah. Along with our host partner — the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) — SSTI is looking forward to showcasing the elements that have earned the region the reputation as a burgeoning technology hub.

Join us to focus on Navigating the New Innovation Landscape as we learn how the region’s success was achieved and USTAR’s role in helping build the state’s innovation economy. Discover the elements that are driving the growth while you reconnect and network with other leaders in the field. And learn more about the role of R&D, capital, workforce, and public/private partnerships in building a successful technology-based economy from the panels of experts and thought leaders that will gather at the conference.

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About SSTI & the Conference

SSTI strengthens initiatives to create a better future through science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. Learn more at

Our annual conference is the largest gathering of policymakers and practitioners from federal, state and local government, nonprofits, investors, and higher education in the country.

This year, we’re discussing Navigating the New Innovation Landscape. We’ll consider capital, communication, networks, higher education, workforce, tech transfer, commercialization, and more.

Conference sessions start at 8:30 a.m. on December 4 and continue through 12:30 p.m. on December 5. View the full agenda.

About USTAR & Utah

USTAR conducts its technology-based economic development mission through a diverse portfolio of programs and services focused in three areas: principal researchers, competitive grant programs, and technology entrepreneurship services. Learn more about USTAR at

Utah has received recent recognition from many places:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has rated it the #1 state for innovation & entrepreneurship, #2 in high-tech performance, and #3 in economic performance.

In CNBC’s ranking of top states for business in 2018, Utah came in at #3.

Pew found that Utah had the greatest rate of population growth in the country from 2007-17.

And, Utah recently became the first state to receive three Michelin stars.


SSTI’s 2018 Annual Conference in Utah is also supported by the following local sponsors:



Don’t be left out in the cold – register for SSTI’s 2018 Annual Conference today!

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The conference will be held at the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek, and attendees have a room rate of just $170 per night available through November 15. NOTE – if you have issues reserving your room, please contact SSTI for assistance.

Use the links below to learn more about the accommodations (left) or to reserve your room (right).

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We greatly appreciate these organizations’ support for SSTI’s 2018 Annual Conference:



Elsevier‘s Research Intelligence portfolio offers solutions to the most pressing challenges faced by researchers and research managers. We provide innovative services that improve your ability to establish, execute and evaluate research strategy and performance via rich data assets and metrics from tools such as SciVal and Pure, and custom analytical services.



The AAAS Research Competitiveness Program (RCP) was established in 1996 under a grant from NSF. RCP provides independent, expert assessment of university STEM programs, working with more than 30 U.S. states and hundreds of universities in the last 20 years. RCP also supports peer-review systems and has coordinated reviews of more than 8,000 proposals to U.S. and international grant competitions.



The Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) is the formally chartered, nationwide network of over 300 federal laboratories, agencies, and research centers that fosters commercialization best practice strategies and opportunities for accelerating federal technologies from out of the labs and into the marketplace.



The Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) is committed to strengthening U.S. manufacturing. It has had a profound impact on the growth of well-paying jobs, development of dynamic manufacturing communities, and enhancement of American innovation and global competitiveness.

Rev1 Ventures is the investor startup studio that combines capital and strategic services to help startups scale and corporates innovate. Based in the Midwest, and in a top city for scaling startups, Rev1 aligns innovators and founders with corporate and research partners to access customers and markets, helping entrepreneurs build great companies. With a proven track record of investing in high potential startups, Rev1 helps companies solve real problems for markets in need of real solutions. Rev1 has $90MM in capital under management, providing a capital continuum from corporate and community partners, as well as the Ohio Third Frontier. Rev1 has been named among the Most Active VCs in the Great Lakes Region for the past three years in a row, according to PitchBook. For more information, visit


TEConomy Partners is a global leader in research, analysis and strategy for innovation-based economic development. Today, TEConomy Partners is helping nations, states, regions, universities, institutions and industries blueprint their future and translate knowledge into prosperity.

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Ben Franklin are partners guided by a singular purpose; to guide the region’s technology community to new heights. Through their unique model, Ben Franklin provides the capital, counsel and connections that empower innovators to accelerate their ideas and investors to expand their impact.


The Georgia Research Alliance grows Georgia’s economy by expanding university research capacity and by seeding and shaping startup companies around inventions and discoveries.

The Launch Place, an investor in early stage companies, strives to foster an environment for new and serial entrepreneurs to raise capital and garner the support system needed to take their products and/or solutions into the market place.

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