Fairfield University event to explore building an innovation ecosystem for Connecticut


Image: Matt NemersonWhat is Connecticut doing to start-up and grow new companies?

This multi-faceted topic will be explored at an event presented by Fairfield University's School of Engineering and the Inventors Association of Connecticut (IACT) featuring Matt Nemerson, president and chief executive officer of the Connecticut Technology Council (CTC), on Tuesday, June 19, at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public, Nemerson's talk is entitled, "Building a World Class Innovation Ecosystem for Connecticut," and will take place in Fairfield University's Dolan School of Business Dining Room.

According to Douglas Lyon, Ph.D., professor of computer engineering, the presentation will identify what Connecticut is doing to start-up and grow new companies, and Nemerson will discuss where the state is and what it can and should be doing overall to catch up with Boston and New York City. This event will provide insights to a topic important to all IACT members, added Dr. Lyon, the association's president.

The Connecticut Technology Council is a trade association and public policy group dedicated to stimulating the growth of Connecticut's innovation economy. According to event organizers, it manages the state's innovation ecosystem under a contract and also produces over 50 programs and events as well as numerous policy reports and advocacy position papers each year.

Nemerson was executive vice president and chief operating officer of Netkey, Inc. He became the founding vice president of the Science Park Development Corporation, an incubator complex affiliated with Yale University. He also was publisher of The Washington Monthly, a reporter for Fortune Magazine, a staff director for a committee of the Connecticut State Legislature, and worked for the late U.S. Senator Abraham Ribicoff (D-CT). He was president of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce and the affiliated Regional Leadership Council.

For more information about Fairfield, as well as directions to campus, visit www.fairfield.edu. For IACT info, visit http://www.inventus.org/.

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Media Contact: Meg McCaffrey, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2726, mmccaffrey@fairfield.edu

Posted on June 11, 2012

Vol. 44, No. 315