Sponsors and Exhibitors

UEDA relies on our sponsors and exhibitors to continue to deliver top-notch programming at our Annual Summit and throughout the year. We recognize and thank the following major sponsors for 2018-19.




Elsevier’s Research Intelligence solutions answer the most pressing challenges researchers and research managers face, with innovative solutions that improve an institution’s and individual’s ability to establish, execute and evaluate research strategy and performance. We work in a collaborative partnership to meet your specific needs using SciVal tools, the Pure system, rich data assets, and custom Analytical Services. Our solution supports the three primary pillars of strategic research management workflow by providing reliable data and information to facilitate better decision making.




California State University, Northridge

California State University, Northridge is a vibrant, diverse university community of over 38,000 students and more than 4,000 faculty and staff in the heart of Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley. A comprehensive university, CSUN’s nine colleges offer 68 baccalaureate degrees, 58 master’s degrees, 2 professional doctorate degrees,14 teaching credential programs, and various programs offered through extended learning. With a commitment to the educational and professional goals of students, and its extensive service to the community, CSUN received the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ Innovation and Economic Prosperity University designation in 2018.






University of Wisconsin–Madison

The University of Wisconsin–Madison is a hub of education and innovation. UW-Madison’s $1.2 billion in research awards helps drive $15 billion of economic impact annually to the state and includes the formation of over 400 startups. UW-Madison’s growing entrepreneurial ecosystem is supported by a diverse array of programs that work to transform ideas into discoveries and address real-world issues. Programs and resources to support commercialization include UW­­–Madison’s Discovery to Product, Office of Business Engagement, Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship, Small Business Development Center, and Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic, as well as the University Research Park and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). Taken together, the rich resources at UW–Madison encourage innovation and creativity to impact our state, our country, and our world.







The Lemelson Foundation

Based in Portland, The Lemelson Foundation uses the power of invention to improve lives. Inspired by the belief that invention can solve many of the biggest economic and social challenges of our time, the Foundation helps the next generation of inventors and invention-based businesses to flourish. The Lemelson Foundation was established in the early 1990s by prolific inventor Jerome Lemelson and his wife Dorothy. To date the Foundation has made grants totaling more than $225 million in support of its mission. For more information, visit



Invent Penn State

Invent Penn State is a Pennsylvania-wide initiative to spur economic development, job creation and student career success. Invent Penn State blends entrepreneurship programs, business startup training, commercialization funding, and university-community-industry collaborations to facilitate and accelerate innovation. Since its 2015 launch the initiative has created a Venture & IP Conference to source much needed capital, provided stage gate funding to more than 50 research-born technologies and created 21 innovation hubs in Pennsylvania that have provided free co-working spaces, maker spaces, accelerator programs, legal and IP advice and/or mentorship to more than 1,000 aspiring entrepreneurs. Learn about more programs, startups, technologies and resources at






Headquartered in Gaithersburg, MD, the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) is a public/private partnership that works with small and midsized U.S. manufacturers to create and retain jobs, increase profits, save time and money, develop new customers, and expand into new markets. Founded in 1988, the nationwide network consists of more than 1,300 technical experts located in every state. For every dollar of federal investment, the MEP generates $27.20 in new sales growth and $27.30 in new client investments, and creates or retains one manufacturing job for every $1,291 of federal investment.

The MEP National Network comprises the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP), 51 MEP Centers located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

For more information, please visit 



University of Tennessee, Institute for Public Service

The University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service (IPS) extends the resources of the state’s land-grant university to help leaders of local and state governments and businesses find solutions to everyday problems. In fiscal year 2013, IPS agencies helped their customers contribute more than $600 million in economic impact in Tennessee. The Center for Industrial Services (CIS), an IPS agency, leads the institute’s economic development efforts by helping existing firms become more competitive, develop new products and markets, and by teaching economic development practitioners new approaches to navigating economic growth. During 2013 CIS is celebrating 50 years of service to Tennessee existing industry on behalf of the University of Tennessee.
 was designed to help economic developers, international trade agencies, investors, and dealmakers generate investment leads, engage effectively those leads, and attract investment. Developed by a leading team of economists, mathematicians, and developers, it has also been integrated into University curriculums as a research tool to prepare the next generation of Economic Development leaders. not only mines vast amounts of company and industry data but also predicts companies that are poised for growth.


TrailBlaze Creative

TrailBlaze Creative increases the competitiveness of nonprofits, businesses, and communities through image management. With expertise as marketing and communications strategists, we provide planning, management, and tactical support to organizations looking to embrace a growth mindset. We have a passion for creativity and strive to help those organizations who are working hard to make a difference.

Uniquely, TrailBlaze was formed at the request of our clients who were seeking a firm that a) places client needs first; b) establishes trust; c) embodies their brand; and d) provides creative strategic direction for sustainable organizational growth. We use these elements at the core of all of our client relationships.

We are honored to be UEDA’s Association Management firm.



Virginia Tech

Outreach and International Affairs, Office of Engagement
College of Engineering
Office of the Vice president for Research and Innovation

Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of more than $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

Through a combination of its three missions of learning, discovery, and engagement, Virginia Tech continually strives to accomplish the charge of its motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).




Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing & Productivity

The Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing & Productivity (WCMP) is a private-public partnership supporting the Wisconsin manufacturing ecosystem and the people making it a vibrant part of the state’s economy. The WCMP is a key strategic partner of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and a member of the NIST Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership network, connecting manufacturers with the resources necessary to thrive in the world economy.  For more information visit:




University Research Park

Established in 1984, University Research Park, a University of Wisconsin-Madison affiliate, is an internationally recognized research and technology park that supports early-stage, and growth-oriented businesses in a range of sectors, including engineering, computational and life sciences. Learn more at




Indiana University Kokomo

Indiana University Kokomo, a regional campus of Indiana University located in Kokomo, Indiana. IU Kokomo serves north central Indiana. Our campus is just 50 miles north of Indianapolis. The campus has made a commitment to support engagement and economic development throughout our service region.  We have a Center for Community Engagement, and have supported the creation of Inventrek Technology Park and the Park’s co-worker space: The Shared Drive.  IU Kokomo was instrumental in the development of the North Central Indiana Regional Planning Council, which between 2015-2017 has had a direct impact of over $3 million, and an indirect impact of $1.3 million between six counties within our service region.  We are dedicated to enhancing economic development to raise the quality of life for all who reside in north central Indiana.



East Carolina University

ECU is the intellectual, economic, and cultural center of Eastern North Carolina and we assume fundamental responsibility for the health and well-being of the region we serve. But our vision is even broader. ECU is where the next generation of doctors, dentists, nurses, teachers, business leaders, artists, performers, athletes, and educated and engaged citizens are preparing to change their communities, North Carolina, and the world. At ECU we choose the path of innovation and excellence that will lead this institution to its destiny of greatness. At ECU we take our motto- servire, “to serve”-seriously. We change lives, transform our region, and focus upon the future. Innovation and problem solving are at the heart of what we do.

Tomorrow starts here!





Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) helps steward the cycle of research, discovery, commercialization and investment for the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Founded in 1925 as an independent, nonprofit foundation, WARF manages more than 2,000 patents and an investment portfolio of $2.7 billion as it funds university research, obtains patents for campus discoveries and licenses inventions to industry. For more information, visit



Lehigh University

Lehigh is a premier private residential research university. Most of our students—undergraduate and graduate—live on campus, allowing research and discovery to happen almost anywhere. We are ranked in the top tier of national research universities each year, and our four colleges have earned a reputation for their entrepreneurial and interdisciplinary approach to learning.

Today, more than 75,000 alumni from around the world have earned a Lehigh diploma, and nearly 96% of last year’s graduates have gone on to find career-related opportunities just six months after leaving campus.



Association of Public & Land-grant Universities

APLU’s Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity (CICEP) was created to help leaders of APLU member universities—including presidents and chancellors, senior research officers, provosts, other officers and their staffs—plan, assess, and communicate their institutions’ work in local and regional economic development. CICEP’s Strategic Framework is built around four areas of work:

Economic Engagement Leadership
National Resource
Convener of Partnerships
Communication Strategies

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University Economic Development Association
PO Box 97930
Pittsburgh, PA 15227

216.200.UEDA (8332)