BATON ROUGE, La. (September 25, 2009) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber announced today that the first annual, statewide (Inno)State: Louisiana’s Innovation Summit will take place on Wednesday, October 21, 2009, at the Lod Cook Alumni Center in Baton Rouge. This summit focuses on the exciting creation and future of the innovation economy in Louisiana. (Inno)State brings together entrepreneurs, investors, companies who specialize in emerging fields, economic developers, business advisors, incubator directors, and others interested in the creation of an innovation economy in Louisiana.
Registration for (Inno)State is now open at www.innostate.org. The $75 registration fee will cover a full day of multiple speakers and panel discussions, as well as breakfast, lunch, and a reception following the summit.
(Inno)State participants will learn and discuss how innovation is affecting their businesses by looking at the inputs to an innovation economy, as well as how to harness that innovation. These include: services to support entrepreneurial development across the state, issues related to accessing risk capital in support of new ventures, the development of high-growth industry segments, research activities at the state’s universities, commercialization activities to bring that research to the marketplace, and the workforce necessary to support these industries. The featured speakers and panel discussions will all focus on making an innovation economy in Louisiana a reality.
The presenting sponsor of the 2009 (Inno)State: Louisiana’s Innovation Summit is the Louisiana Business Incubation Association (LBIA). This year’s event will be held on Wednesday, October 21, 2009, from 8:30am to 4:40pm (summit), at the Lod Cook Alumni Center on the campus of Louisiana State University. A reception will follow at Shaw Center for the Arts from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. (Inno)State organizers include the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, the Baton Rouge Technology Council, the Louisiana Business & Technology Center, the Louisiana Business Incubation Association, Louisiana Economic Development, the Louisiana Small Business Development Center Network, Louisiana State University, Louisiana Tech University, the Louisiana Technology Park, Tulane University, and the University of New Orleans.