Open 2014 is an intensive two-day conference for practitioners of technology entrepreneurship in higher education. Come to learn about the latest program models, network with colleagues, and share success stories from campuses across the nation. Conference sessions explore policy, programs, funding and insights into what universities are doing today—and where they are headed tomorrow—to engage constituents in using invention and entrepreneurship to benefit society.

“The energy level of all of the presenters and participants is amazing. People are passionate and willing to share and everyone quickly becomes part of the activity. So much good information and wonderful activities are crammed into the two-day conference and you come away with ideas that can be implemented at your own university now…not some day.” – Open 2013 conference attendee

“The organizers set up many opportunities for networking both randomly at large group events and in a more focused manner based on interests. I met so many amazing people and came home inspired and motivated to take on my own projects.” – Open 2013 conference attendee

“This was my first NCIIA conference. I felt welcomed by the community… It was a fantastic networking opportunity.” – Open 2013 conference attendee


About the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance

NCIIA-high-res-transparentNCIIA is a 17-year-old, national nonprofit organization that promotes science and technology innovation and entrepreneurship in universities and colleges across the U.S. We provide funding and training to help impact-focused student inventors realize their dreams, and support faculty to facilitate the innovation process from a new idea to the creation of self-sustaining enterprises. Our work has led to the launch of 180 new ventures that benefit people in the U.S. and around the world.

Founded with support from the Lemelson Foundation, NCIIA also receives substantial funding from the National Science Foundation, the United States Agency for International Development, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and other funders. We are a growing organization with an annual budget of $10 million dollars. For more information, visit nciia.org.


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