SOURCE: The Kauffman Foundation

The Kauffman Foundation

February 12, 2009 09:35 ET

Media Advisory: Join a Feb. 17, 2009 Capitol Hill Discussion on the University's Role in Revitalizing and Strengthening the Economy

Event Will Feature the Release of New Study on the Economic Impact of MIT's Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - February 12, 2009) -

WHAT: What is the extent of a university's influence on the transformation of its own regional economy and beyond? How can we be sure that new public investments have the greatest impacts on both short-term recovery and in helping to build a competitive entrepreneurial economy over the long-term?

On Feb. 17, 2009, you are invited to a discussion on how universities can become more engaged in building innovative businesses and regions. The session will also address how government, universities and industry should link in this new economic environment, and it will feature findings from the Kauffman Foundation-supported study, Entrepreneurial Impact: The Role of MIT. The study will provide useful lessons on how MIT became a global leader in spawning world-class businesses and nurturing a strong innovation ecosystem in Massachusetts and globally. The research will show that, with the right resources and programs in place, many universities can become a catalyst for economic growth through entrepreneurship.

The Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship (PDE) is an initiative to identify and advance innovation and catalyze economic growth beyond "small business" to debates on science, technology, engineering and research.

WHO: Presenters at the PDE Briefing:

-- Lesa Mitchell, vice president of the Kauffman Foundation

-- Edward Roberts, founder and chair of the MIT Entrepreneurship Center and one of the report's authors

-- Robert Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

-- Jonathan Ortmans, president of the Public Forum Institute


Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009

11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EST


Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2318

(The room used for the House Committee on Science and Technology)

The Rayburn House is located southwest of the Capitol on a site bounded by Independence Avenue, South Capitol Street, First Street, and C Street, S.W.


To RSVP and receive an advance embargoed report:

Rossana Weitekamp, 516-792-1462,

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