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November 3, 2015
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East Bay Tech Hub Invited to White House Innovation Ecosystem Forum
i-GATE Executive Director Brandon Cardwell joins Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Director at the White House Forum on Connecting Regional Innovation Ecosystems to National Labs
Livermore, CA (November 3, 2015) — i-GATE Executive Director Brandon Cardwell, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Director Bill Goldstein and Industrial Partnerships Office Director Rich Rankin are in Washington DC today for the White House Forum on Connecting Regional Innovation Ecosystems to Federal and National Labs. The forum explores how regional partnerships with national and federal labs can commercialize R&D, sharpen the capacity of small businesses; and capture the economic opportunities of innovation in advanced industries.
“The intellectual horse power of the national labs alone is powerful. By connecting to the influence and creativity of the broader Bay Area, we are able to capture the economic value of that pioneering research. The City of Livermore is fortunate to have an eclectic mix of scientists, engineers, business people, information technologists, agriculture and artists. i-GATE’s role is to help this groups form a community, which creates more opportunities. i-GATE provides the physical space and the social infrastructure to make this happen.“ states Brandon Cardwell.
While much of the country is focused on urban innovation centers, the Tri-Valley is intentionally investing in establishing a home-grown startup community. What outsiders may see as a bedroom community is in reality an emerging epicenter of entrepreneurial activity. By partnering with the national laboratories, area municipalities, and the business community, i-GATE helps entrepreneurs forge the relationships necessary for a vibrant startup community.
i-GATE (www.igateihub.org) is an incubator for technology entrepreneurs with big ideas. It provides founders with resources to get organized, connect, and grow, as well as access to a rich network of experienced mentors, successful entrepreneurs, investors, national laboratories, local governments, and corporate partners in the Bay Area’s Tri-Valley.
About Lawrence Livermore National Labs
Founded in 1952, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (www.llnl.gov) provides solutions to our nation’s most important national security challenges through innovative science, engineering and technology. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is managed by Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.