MBDA, Con Ed Hosting 2-Day Event to Spur MBEs in Tech – PRNewswire

Michael Jones-Bey, Con Edison
Michael Jones-Bey, Con Edison
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The next stop of the 5-city MBDA InVision Tour is in New York City, May 21-22, 2019 with support from Con Edison’s Director of Supplier Diversity, Michael Jones-Bey, who is bringing in Brookhaven National Laboratories (U.S. Dept. of Energy).

For the New York tour stop, MBDA partnered with Michael Jones-Bey, Con Edison’s Director of Corporate Social Responsibility; Harvey Butler, Global Head of Supplier Diversity for Barclays, Brookhaven National Laboratories, and the National Association of Blacks in Energy.

The tour is designed to raise awareness of tech opportunities for minorities and to encourage participation and partnerships. The tour will inform minorities about Federal Government tech transfer (T2) as a means to tech industry entry and success. Two-thirds of game-changing technologies in the past 50 years (e.g., smartphones, autonomous vehicles, personalized medicine, and GPS) were made possible through Federal T2 and small business research grants. Since many minority innovators are unfamiliar with T2 resources and how to leverage them to build sustainable companies, the tour will boost awareness and help level the field for minorities.

What is T2

Technology transfer is the process by which existing knowledge, facilities, or capabilities developed under federal R&D funding are utilized to fulfill public and private needs.

InVision This…

Innovators, industrialists, disruptors, researchers, and entrepreneurs getting to know how they can leverage public research and resources to jumpstart their private interest, business ideas, products, and inventions. InVision gives you access to valuable professional contacts from around the U.S. and all the knowledge you need to get started in T2.

  • 10+ peer-selected presentations covering topics from partner strategies to financing, and everything in between.
  • 10+ local labs in one place, at one time. See what innovations you could be using to commercialize.
  • 200+ professionals and entrepreneurs. Network and build essential partnerships.

Registration is free for attendees. Previous stops have helped minority-business owners and start-ups raise funds, prepare for commercialization, find patents to access and opportunities for investment, and meet supporters in their fields of interest. According to Drisha Leggitt, Chief Marketing Officer for Anpac Bio-Medical Science Company, “The InVision Tour introduced a plethora of government programs and resources that have positively impacted our business. We have shortened our timeline to open two additional laboratories and are poised to launch an IPO by Q1 2020.”

About the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
MBDA, www.mbda.gov, is the only Federal agency solely dedicated to the growth and global competitiveness of U.S. minority-owned businesses through mobilization and advancement of public and private-sector programs, policy, and research. We provide greater access to capital, contracts, and markets, and better equip minority-owned firms to create jobs, build scale and capacity, increase revenues, and expand regionally, nationally, and internationally.

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