SMART Innovation: Small Business
Help Small Businesses Innovate
As a global leader in innovation, California is home to creative entrepreneurs, world-class companies, leading universities and premier research institutions. Innovative start-ups and small businesses are key to the state’s future prosperity. To compete in the global economy and maintain California’s leadership role, we need a strategic plan that builds on our industry and regional strengths and connects our emerging and existing businesses with our innovation assets throughout the state.
Goal of SMART Innovation: Small Business
Help small businesses and start-ups innovate: work with industry, universities, local governments, and regional innovation partnerships to help start and grow businesses.
Create and implement an Economic Competitiveness Plan
The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development should lead this effort.
December 20, 2012 - GO-Biz meetings ongoing.
Support a regional patent office in California
Silicon Valley Leadership Group members are meeting with key political leaders to communicate the benefits as well as to address the concerns of locating the regional patent office.
December 20, 2012
- San Jose office on track for 2013 opening
. Office director hired and examiners beginning to be hired.
July 2, 2012
- The Federal government announced in July
that a regional Patent Office will be established in California.
Action Team members are encouraging companies to contact the USPTO to inform them of how a regional patent office would speed up the application process.
The Action Team is gathering data to better give decision-makers a picture of their ability to recruit and retain employees in the area.
Reinforce California's network of Regional Innovation Centers
Develop legislative language to define iHubs' mission, vision, and goals and to establish them as part of GO-Biz.
March 27, 2013
- The Governor's Office for Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) held an Advanced Manufacturing Summit
at the Capitol on March 27th. The summit was led by Governor Brown's Senior Jobs Advisor Mike Rossi--and brought together a unprecedented group of stakeholders, including leaders from the fields of education, industry, research and the state's iHub innovation network.
December 20, 2012
1. Developing legislative language to establish iHubs as part of GO-Biz.
2. Expanding iHubs to include advanced manufacturing.
3. Working with California Workforce Investment Board to establish Manufacturing Council to support industry partnerships for skills development.
4. Working with Livermore Labs, iHub, Manufacturing Extension Program and small and medium manufactures to host a March forum to launch a California Network on Manufacturing Innovation focused on additive manufacturing.
September 14, 2012
- This network of Innovation Hubs is supported by GO-Biz
Develop a true partnership with universities and the private sector through which hours are donated to iHub programs to assist entrepreneurs.
Work with the private sector and university partners to develop an online business accelerator with volunteer hours and/or credit hours given.
Establish and fully engage national labs to develop a program through which small business can access funds in the iHubs account (established via legislation) to work with national labs to access scientists and engineers for R&D efforts.
Leverage California's university assets to advance innovation and assist small businesses
Meet with the UC President and Cal State President's Office members to discuss the network
Develop proposal for a 501c3 umbrella organization as part of the Business School Innovation Center Network which would seek private sector and foundation funding. Create a collaborative convening with all of the business and/or agriculture schools