On November 17, the project team for the EDA Cluster Mapping project assembled at the Harvard Business School. The team members are Harvard's Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness (Michael Porter), MIT, Temple, the Monitor Group and the states of Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon and SC. The meeting began with Michael Porter summarizing the last 10 years of his work with Regional Innovation Clusters. He contends that the data is overwhelming that robust clusters are the best way to generate innovation and entreprenuership within regions. The federal government has adopted his approach, and this $3.5 million grant will be the way to get those ideas into the mainstream of economic development thinking.
We also had a presentation from the MIT Entrepreneurship Center. This organization spits out 200 to 400 technology companies a year. Their ways of identifying technologies arfe fairly unique, and I will try to get the Head, Bill Aulet, to come as a speaker for our High Impact Entreprenuership Conference on April 7th, 2011