Sponsors & 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 2017-18.

Interested in sponsoring the 2017 Annual Summit? Click here to view our opportunities.


California State University 5 (CSU5)

By joining forces, the five California State University campuses in Los Angeles County developed a mechanism for working across institutional lines to provide enhanced educational and research opportunities in the region. Together, as the CSU5, we created a new approach for greater access to university resources. We increased institutional agility, responsiveness and capacity for innovation, all of which provides a competitive advantage for major grants and undertaking regional initiatives. The CSU5 is a catalyst for new models and standards for how higher education can and should play a significant role in economic and community development. Visit:



Elsevier’s Research Intelligence portfolio offers solutions to the most pressing challenges faced by researchers and research managers.  We provide innovative services that improve your ability to establish, execute and evaluate research strategy and performance via rich data assets and metrics from tools such as SciVal and Pure, and custom analytical services.


The Lemelson Foundation

The Lemelson Foundation uses the power of invention to improve lives, by inspiring and enabling the next generation of inventors and invention-based enterprises to promote economic growth in the US, and social and economic progress for the poor in developing countries. Established by prolific US inventor Jerome Lemelson and his wife Dorothy in the early 1990’s, and led by the Lemelson family, to date the Foundation has provided or committed more than $185 million in grants and Program-Related Investments in support of its mission.


University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Serving as a  bridge between local issues and the power of UC research, UC ANR’s Cooperative Extension advisors, specialists, and faculty bring practical, science-based answers to Californians.

UC ANR scientists serve as problem-solvers, catalysts, stewards, collaborators, and educators. Together with their campus partners, they build the bridge between the people of California and their great University.

Sometimes referred to as “California’s first incubator,” UC ANR works hand in hand with industry to enhance agricultural markets, help the balance of trade, address environmental concerns, protect plant health, and provide farmers with scientifically tested production techniques and Californians with increased food safety. We do this through 165 local Advisors, 115 county and campus-based specialists, nine Research and Extension Centers statewide, Statewide Programs and Institutes that focus on high-priority concerns, and several thousand volunteers.


Texas A&M

Located in College Station, Texas A&M’s main campus is home to over 64,000 students, with more than 436,000 former students worldwide.

With more than 130 undergraduate degree programs, 170 master’s degree programs, 93 doctoral degree programs and 5 first professional degrees as options for study, Texas A&M is full of possibilities.

Texas A&M looks to lead by example in everything we do. Our aim is to set the standard as the world-class university of the future by combining knowledge, research, and innovation to create solutions that few institutions have the depth and breadth to achieve.


Los Angeles Community College District

The mission of the Los Angeles Community College District is to provide students with an excellent education that prepares them to transfer to four-year institutions, successfully complete workforce development programs designed to meet local and statewide needs, and pursue opportunities for lifelong learning and civic engagement.



Invent Penn State

Invent Penn State is a Commonwealth-wide initiative to spur economic development, job creation, and student career success. Launched in 2015 by Penn State President Dr. Eric Barron, Invent Penn State is a coordinated effort to create a University environment that welcomes and encourages entrepreneurship. Invent Penn State blends entrepreneurship-focused academic programs, business startup training and incubation, funding for commercialization, and university-community collaborations to facilitate the challenging process of turning research discoveries into valuable products and services that can benefit Pennsylvanians and humankind.


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.


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.


Indiana University

IU is home to  eight campuses, world-class business and music schools, the world’s first school of philanthropy, and the nation’s first school of informatics and largest medical school. We offer countless other academic programs that are among the world’s best, including programs in the arts and sciences, education, engineering, law, international studies, journalism, nursing, public health, and public affairs.

We’re always looking toward the horizon, thinking about what’s next. We’re exploring ideas that lead to powerful insights. We’re working across disciplines to confront grand challenges and create life-changing solutions. And we’re teaching our students to do the same.


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).



Hockeystick is a financial market data network that provides deep insight into private companies. Hockeystick’s network connects a firm’s financial data directly to the venture capital, private equity and innovation ecosystems. Fund managers and analysts use Hockeystick to accurately track, compare and predict company performance. More than 12,000 private companies and top funders belong to the Hockeystick network.


East Carolina Univeristy

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!


East Stroudsburg University of PA

East Stroudsburg University is one of fourteen State-owned institutions in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education whose mission is undertaken in behalf of those who support it the -citizenry -through their governor and legislature, students and alumni, and other friends who share its commitments.


California State University, Chico

California State University, Chico’s tradition of academic excellence goes back more than 125 years. Now, the University continues to help today’s students develop into tomorrow’s successful citizens. Its unique combination of scholarly pursuits, civic engagement, and a very real connection to the Chico community earns it national and international accolades.

Chico State is also home to the Center for Economic Development.  Founded in 1986 by Dr. John Sanzone, the CED provide economic development technical assistance through a variety of programs, including the EDA University Center program and the MEP program.  The CED’s director is Dan Ripke.


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
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Pittsburgh, PA 15227

216.200.UEDA (8332)