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As technology becomes increasingly pervasive in American life, universities across the United States have been devising ways to teach students how to grapple with the consequences on society. Now, 21 leading universities are banding together to promote their various programs.

Will a Proposed Fund Grow NJ’s Innovation Ecosystem?
According to George Saliba of NJ Business Magazine, “With current economic incentive programs set to expire on June 30, Gov. Phil Murphy and others today outlined details for the proposed New Jersey Innovation Evergreen Fund (NJIEF), one of five incentive program “pillars” aimed at growing the state’s innovation economy.”

Female-led Startups and Investors Face Uphill Battle in VC Industry
According to Robert Ksiazkiewicz, “Both female-founded startups and female investors have seen slow progress over the past 10 years, and still face an uphill battle for equality in the venture capital industry. While the deal count for companies founded solely by women has more than quadrupled since 2008, the share of venture dollar invested has remained nearly flat, hovering around 2.0 percent over the same time, according to PitchBook. Similarly, only 10 percent of VC ‘decision-makers’ are women, up from 5.7 percent in 2016.”

Dozens of Organizations State Support for Regional Innovation Strategies
More than 50 current and former program awardees, along with 11 tech-based economic development-focused organizations led by SSTI have signed letters supporting the Regional Innovation Strategies program at EDA. Since 2014, when the program first received funding, EDA has funded 180 projects across nearly every state, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

Education, Government and Industry Leaders Discuss Tech Trends in Trenton
According to Dillan DiGiovanni, “On February 21, more than 50 people attended an Emerging Tech Trends event hosted by the New Jersey Tech Council (NJTC). The meeting was sponsored by Google, ORS Partners (Audubon, Pa.) and Maestro Technologies (Trenton), and took place at Maestro headquarters.”

Green Wave: Murphy Continues Push for new innovation venture fund
Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration has been talking about the Innovation Evergreen Fund since October, but no legislation has yet been passed to create the tax incentive-based venture capital contribution system. Facing a June 30 deadline of the sunsetting of existing tax incentives, and aiming to pass his own new incentives, Murphy has taken the idea on the road, pitching the fund to any startup-heavy region – even overseas in Berlin and Tel Aviv.

Where Did N.J. Land on WalletHub’s Most & Least Innovative States?
Innovation is one of the biggest drivers of U.S. economic growth, but certain states, according to WalletHub, deserve more credit than the others for dominating the technology era of today. WalletHub has ranked New Jersey as the 12th most-innovative state when compared to the rest of the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 24 key indicators of innovation-friendliness. The Garden State was also ranked No. 11 in WalletHub’s ‘Human Capital’ category, which includes metrics like share of STEM professionals and AP exam scores.

Upcoming Events

Innovation in Research 2019
When: Wed, March 27, 8:30am – 5:00pm
Where: Westchester Community College, Valhalla, NY

Food=Health: A Conversation with Nutrition Experts
When: Wed, April 3, 5:00pm – 7:30pm
Where: 643 Hoes Ln W, Piscataway Township

6th Annual NJ Big Data Alliance Symposium
When: Fri, April 5, 9am – 5pm
Where: New Jersey City University, 200 Hudson Street, Jersey City