The Premier Event for Regional Innovation Economies

Learn the Latest Trends & Practices

SSTI’s Annual Conference is an opportunity to learn the latest information on the macro trends affecting policy and practice related to regional innovation economies and tech-based economic development.

Through a variety of engaging session formats, including plenary talks, roundtable discussions, small group activities, panel presentations, and workshops, you will have an opportunity to hear what is working for your peers — and have opportunities to share your own successes, thoughts and challenges.

 The topics you care about

SSTI conferences gather professionals working across arange of program and policy areas. Topics covered at these events include:

  • Communicating purpose & impact
  • Supporting entrepreneurs
  • Increasing capital access
  • Leveraging higher ed’s role in regional economies
  • Measuring economic development initiatives
  • Facilitating technology transfer & commercialization
  • Advocating for better innovation policy
  • Leading stakeholders networks

About SSTI

SSTI strengthens initiatives to create a better future through science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.

A national nonprofit organization, SSTI offers information and services that are needed to succeed in today’s innovation economy. We strive to maximize the capacity of our members to deliver successful outcomes within the context of the complex innovation communities in which they participate.

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Conference Agenda

SSTI’s 2021 Annual Conference agenda, which is still being developed, will cover a wide array of topics in a variety of engaging formats. Check back for updates.

Nov. 1


The conference will start in the afternoon (est. 1 pm) with roundtables and workshops digging into specific areas of interest. 

Networking opportunities this day include the evening’s National Innovation Reception.

Nov. 2


We will have a full day of plenary sessions, breakout panels and discussion groups, and a keynote talk.

Our Arkansas hosts are holding a reception this evening at the William J. Clinton Library and Museum.

Nov. 3

The conference’s final half day will start with breakout panels and discussion groups, followed by SSTI president and CEO Dan Berglund’s popular “Trends in Tech-based Economic Development” talk.

The conference will conclude at 12:30 pm.

Join Your Peers



SSTI conferences are attended by hundreds of leading policymakers and practitioners, all looking to exchange ideas on how to create a better future through science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Over the course of the conference, you will have numerous opportunities to reconnect with old friends and to meet new colleagues from around the country and world.

Each SSTI Annual Conference provides ample networking opportunities, including receptions, 30-minute coffee breaks, interactive discussion sessions, dine-around options, and more.

Meeting Venue

SSTI’s 2021 Annual Conference will take place at the Little Rock Marriott, right in the heart of the downtown, river-side district.

Little Rock Marriott
3 Statehouse Plaza | Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

Reservations will be available at a later date.

If you experience any difficulties in making your reservation, please contact SSTI [ 614-901-1690 | ] so that we may try to assist you.

Little Rock Marriott

Host Partner




Arkansas  Partners

Walton Family Foundation


Arkansas BlueCross BlueShield



First Security


Little Rock Regional Chamber


Northwest Arkansas Council

Ritter Communications

Simmons Bank

Startup Junkie


University of Arkansas

UA Medical School




National Partners



Rev1 Ventures



Contact Jason Rittenberg for more information on how your organization can partner with SSTI: 614-901-1690 |