DoD Powering Innovation, Empowering Entrepreneurs: Startup Connect Meeting Recap!

The Startup Connect meetup on Tuesday, March 12th, hosted by  Monterey Bay DART and the Institute for Innovation & Economic Development (iiED) provided presentations and conversations focused on the Department of Defense (DoD) research ecosystem that drives innovation in military technology. Collaborating with government agencies, private companies, and academic institutions is crucial to nurturing a culture of experimentation and learning. During the meetup, discussions highlighted the safe integration of drones into the national airspace and the opportunities and challenges that come with it, including aerospace integration and safety. Other topics discussed include the importance of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) in promoting economic growth and employment opportunities in Monterey County. It was emphasized that innovation and experimentation play a crucial role in developing solutions for national security, and it is essential to leverage the ecosystem to turn ideas into prototypes, especially by enabling technologies.

Are you interested in unlocking the secrets of military innovation? Did you miss the recent discussion on safe drone integration and the future of aerospace? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered! Learn how the Department of Defense, businesses, and research universities collaborate to develop cutting-edge technologies. Discover how you can transform your ideas into national security solutions and help boost Monterey’s economy.

Marco Romano, NavalX

Art Siordia, Airspace Integration

Jordan Caballero, Monterey Bay APEX Accelerator

Dive into the Central Coast’s Economic Future: Startup Connect Recordings Now Available!

The Monterey Bay DART and the Institute for Innovation & Economic Development (iiED) hosted a dynamic Startup Connect meeting on Tuesday, January 9th. This virtual event brought together regional industry leaders to offer a comprehensive economic outlook for the Central Coast in 2024 and beyond. From Economic Development, Advanced Air Mobility, AgTech, and Hydrogen Power to Healthcare and Tourism, the presentations covered a diverse range of sectors. They offered a deep dive into their respective fields, brimming with valuable data, actionable insights, and inspiring visions for the future.

Missed the event? The wait is over! We’re thrilled to announce that all presentations are now available for public viewing HERE.

Ready to unlock the potential of the Central Coast’s future? Head over to the presentations below and start exploring! Whether you’re a seasoned entrepreneur, an aspiring innovator, or simply curious about the economic pulse of the region, there’s something for everyone in this treasure trove of knowledge.

Quinn Brady, Uplift Central Coast

Walt Duflock, Western Growers

Teresa Savage, See Monterey

Meg Burke Dingae, Montage Health

Dan Coughlin, Joby Aviation

Kevin Pease, PG&E - Conclusion & Wrap-up