President Cabrera Is Keynote Speaker at Virginia Ventures Forum

Posted: September 6, 2013 at 5:00 am, Last Updated: September 9, 2013 at 6:44 am

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George Mason University President Ángel Cabrera. Creative Services photo

George Mason University President Ángel Cabrera will be the keynote speaker at the inaugural Virginia Ventures Forum on Sept. 6.

The Virginia Innovation Partnership, a statewide network designed to boost innovation and economic growth, is hosting the forum at the U.S. Patent and Trademark offices in Alexandria. Cabrera will speak at 1 p.m. After his speech, he will participate in a Q & A session with Teresa Sullivan, University of Virginia president.

Other scheduled speakers include Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell; Matt Erskine, deputy assistant secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce; Virginia Secretary of Technology Jim Duffey; and Peggy Focarino, commissioner for patents, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

The partnership seeks to increase private-sector funding that supports job creation and innovation, as a well as new technology, by connecting researchers, corporations and state and local government.

The Virginia Innovation Partnership is one of only seven multi-institution initiatives to win federal funding as part of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s i6 Challenge in 2012. VIP is bringing together universities, community colleges, corporations, investment capital and other resources to drive promising research discoveries forward.

A full schedule is here. Also follow the forum live via twitter using #VirginiaVenturesForum.

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