Innovation America Innovation America Accelerating the growth of the GLOBAL entrepreneurial innovation economy
Founded by Rich Bendis


We would like to acknowledge those who have assisted in the development of the principles of the National Innovation Framework concept that we now present. 

Jim Jaffe, President and Chief Executive of the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds and Founding Supporter of Innovation America.

Reese Meisinger, American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Ed Paisley, Science Progress and Center for American Progress.

Jim Turner, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

Charles Wessner, Ph.D., Director of Technology, Innovation, & Entrepreneurship, The National Academies

We extend a special thanks to those who initially presented this concept at the meeting with the Obama Transition Team on December 17, 2008.

Rebecca Bagley, Deputy Secretary of Technology Investment, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development; National Association of Seed and Venture Fund Board Member; State Science and Technology Institute Board Member.

Rich Bendis, President and Chief Executive of Innovation America; NASVF Board Member; SSTI Board Member.

Dan Berglund, President and Chief Executive, State Science and Technology Institute.

Jim Jaffe, NASVF.

David Wilhelm, Founder and President, Woodland Venture Management; NASVF Board Member.


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