SSTI’s 2021 Annual Conference

SSTI's 2021 Annual Conference


Join your peers in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Nov. 1-3, 2021 to discuss creating a better future through science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.

SSTI’s Annual Conference is an opportunity to learn the latest information on the macro trends affecting policy and practice related to regional innovation economies and tech-based economic development.

Through a variety of engaging session formats, including plenary talks, roundtable discussions, small group activities, panel presentations, and workshops, you will have an opportunity to hear what is working for your peers — and have opportunities to share your own successes, thoughts and challenges.

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SSTI’s 2021 Annual Conference agenda will cover a wide array of topics in a variety of engaging formats. While the agenda is still being developed, we anticipate discussing: 

Regional innovation strategies | University-industry partnerships 
State Small Business Credit Initiative | EPSCoR | Technology transformation 
Workforce development | Inclusion and equity in tech | Federal innovation policy 
Measuring and communicating impact | Venture development organizations 
Capital access strategies | And more!

Nov. 1

  • We will start in the afternoon (est. 1 pm) with preconference roundtables and workshops digging into specific areas of interest. 
  • Networking opportunities this day include the evening’s National Innovation Reception.

Nov. 2

  • We will have a full day of plenary sessions, breakout panels and discussion groups, and a keynote talk.
  • Our Arkansas hosts are holding a reception this evening at the William J. Clinton Library and Museum.

Nov. 3

  • The conference’s final half day will start with breakout panels and discussion groups, and then we will bring everyone back together for a closing plenary.
  • The conference will conclude at 12:30 pm.


SSTI’s 2021 Annual Conference will take place at the Little Rock Marriott, right in the heart of the downtown, river-side district.

Little Rock Marriott
3 Statehouse Plaza
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

Reservations are available via this Marriott event link.

Marriott Little Rock - Outside

Conference Partners

Host Partner

Arkansas Research Alliance

Arkansas Partners

Walton Family Foudation

National Partners

Interested in becoming a conference partner? View our partnership opportunities and contact SSTI today!