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Commencement Forum – Research Universities: Engines for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth

Saturday, May 25, 2019

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Joukowsky Forum, 111 Thayer Street

Research universities have a role to play in spurring economic development and the growth of good jobs in their local economies. This forum will offer examples of best practices and the conditions necessary for success. In this context, the discussion will focus on the University’s strategic action plan, “Brown and the Innovation Economy,” which was developed with input from more than 70 meetings, focus groups and interview sessions with an array of leaders and relevant experts from the public, private and nonprofit sectors in Providence and Rhode Island. The plan identifies key economic areas in which Brown is positioned to make an immediate impact and establishes action items aimed at maximizing that impact. With an emphasis on developing partnerships, the plan calls for incentivizing entrepreneurs to build ventures in Rhode Island, translating medical discoveries into products and companies, increasing the University’s engagement with private industry, building new innovation infrastructure and helping Brown faculty to turn research ideas into commercial ventures.


Richard M. Locke, provost and Schreiber Family Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs

Kathleen Eisenhardt, Stanford W. Ascherman M.D. Professor and co-director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program

Ben Armstrong, Postdoctoral Research Associate