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Support Initiative: Innovation and entrepreneurship


The EconAlliance Innovation/Entrepreneurship Initiative, formerly called the IDEA Initiative), was created to celebrate and support both innovation and entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship capable of 

greatly stimulating job creation or technology advancement in the region is of special interest, as is innovation that helps inspire new products or expansion of existing Northern Santa Barbara County companies.

EconAlliance Future Forums are a key annual element of the Innovation/ Entrepreneurship Initiative. As a thought leader of the region, EconAlliance presents an annual Future Forum, often in conjunction with its Annual Dinner, to highlight emerging trends and technologies of potential impact to Northern Santa Barbara County economic stakeholders. Always well-received, the EconAlliance Future 

Forums provide speakers and topics of global significance, with content and
perspectives often not heard on California’s rural Central Coast. See video of Futurist Matt Griffin, speaking at the 2020 EconAlliance Future Forum on the technologies with “exponential” impacts on industries, communities and daily life.  Visit the Future Forum Archives page for the Keynote and Featured Speakers from 2016-2019.

In addition to establishing and presenting the annual Northern Santa Barbara County Innovation Award, EconAlliance also hosts periodic forums or learning opportunities to acquaint North County communities and stakeholders to start-up pitfalls and solutions, new applications or technologies, tech transfer, attraction of capital, business valuation, cyber-security and other topics of interest to innovators and their economic stakeholders.


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