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Four New NVP Labs Companies Come from NJ According to Esther Surden, “So, who are the seven startups that form the NVP Labs accelerator class during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown? The founders include former employees of Google, Spotify and Dropbox, and a former Princeton professor, as well as four female founders and four founders of color, according to Newark Venture Partners.

Rutgers Launches Fund for Financial and Business Support for Faculty and Students
TechAdvance supports Rutgers researchers to advance their innovative technologies toward commercialization while providing unique opportunities to present their ideas to mentors, partners and investors. Hear from four TechAdvance award recipients and see how TechAdvance funding is helping them to transform their ideas into products that will make a positive impact on the world around us.

Updated SBIR/STTR Website More Organized and Accessible
The Small Business Administration (SBA) recently rolled out a new website for the SBIR/STTR program, which SBA administers. Reorganized and including new landing pages for entrepreneurs, support organizations, and federal agencies, the new page provides quicker and easier access to the right information.

NIST Appoints New Associate Director for Innovation and Industry Services
According to Konni Lorenz, “The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) named Mojdeh Bahar as the new associate director for innovation and industry services (ADIIS). The ADIIS provides oversight for the key extramural and technology transfer programs of NIST and is responsible for enhancing the successful transfer of new technologies from NIST’s world-class research laboratories to commercial markets…”

Higher Education Enrollment Further Threatened by Pandemic, Proclamation
Columbus, OH – According to SSTI, “The pandemic’s negative impact on enrollment at institutions of higher education is getting even more complicated. New figures show that the number of students that have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a figure that serves as an indicator for postsecondary enrollment, has decreased. And a new proclamation from the president that restricts entry to the U.S. by graduate students and researchers from China may also affect higher education enrollment figures.

Policy Recommendations To Stimulate U.S. Manufacturing Innovation
After dropping significantly in the Great Recession, inflation-adjusted U.S. manufacturing output has continued to decline as a share of gross domestic product (GDP), down 3.5% between 2009 and 2019 (0.41 percentage points), even with the strong cyclical rebound in the motor vehicle sector. While U.S. manufacturing performs adequately in a few sectors-such as primary metals, chemicals, computers and electronic products (including semiconductors)-most other sectors are smaller as share of the U.S. economy than they were a decade ago.

Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute to help secure America’s Manufacturing Sector According to Konni Lorenz, “Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that the Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CyManII) will be led by the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA). CyManII will lead a national consortium with partners from industry, universities, and three DOE National Laboratories (Idaho, Oak Ridge, and Sandia). Its focus: to make U.S. manufacturing more energy efficient and cyber secure by tackling two key obstacles in manufacturing.

SSTI Launches New Initiative to Advance Innovation Policy
SSTI is launching a new initiative to improve innovation policy across the country with support from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. To achieve the goal of improving innovation policy, SSTI will be working with its members and other entrepreneurial support organizations to cultivate new policy champions from the ground up.