Organizers are billing an event that runs Tuesday and Wednesday in West Lafayette as a way to connect stakeholders that will help develop the next generation of innovators. The Innovation Summit is put together by the Purdue Polytechnic Institute and will feature keynote presentations by a partner of Silicon Valley-based global design company IDEO and a former Kauffman Foundation executive.
The free, two-day summit will seek input from entrepreneurs and economic development leaders to help shape programs at the Purdue Polytechnic.
Purdue Polytechnic Director of Research & Innovation Matt McKillip says the event will "chart the course the Institute should take and suggest changes it should make in terms of new pathways, experiences, mentorship, coaching, support, and curriculum for innovative/entrepreneurial students who might come into an entirely new Polytechnic program of innovation, entrepreneurship or commercialization. In the summit, we will collect evidence of what works and doesn’t work in support of entrepreneurship/innovation, gaps that exist." He says it will also help shape "new initiatives that support, recognize and promote student led entrepreneurship and innovation in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute."
Keynote speaker will be Dennis Boyle of IDEO and Lesa Mitchell, former vice president of the Kauffman Foundation.
The event will be held at the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship. It will feature representatives from throughout the state, including:
- Purdue University
- Rolls Royce
- Cloud One
- Kern Family Foundation
- Elevate Ventures
- Ball State Innovation Corporation
- Ontario Systems
- Interactive Intelligence