University Economic Development Association


2023 Summit

October 8 - 10, 2023


 Theme: Innovating for a Sustainable Future

2022 UEDA Summit Speaker

Jennifer Shieh

Jennifer Shieh

Director of Ecosystem Development, Office of Investment and Innovation, U.S. Small Business Administration

Jennifer Shieh works to build an inclusive innovation ecosystem in the SBA Office of Investment and Innovation, where she previously served as Chief Scientist of America’s Seed Fund for technology commercialization, the Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs. Throughout her federal career, Jennifer has built cross-sector partnerships and coordinated interagency policy, including as Assistant Director for Entrepreneurship at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Prior to SBA, Jennifer managed the Small Business Program for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and served as a Program Director at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) SBIR Development Center. She was also involved in product and customer development in precision-medicine and mobile games startups.

Jennifer studied brain and cognitive sciences at MIT, then earned her Ph.D in neurosciences at Stanford University.

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