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Innovation, Workforce, and Research Conference (IWRC) Dakotas

June 11 @ 8:00 am - 5:30 pm CDT

Innovation takes more than ideas — it takes partnerships. Small business owners, government officials, academic researchers, financers, and others need to work together for our local innovation ecosystem to thrive, but it is rare for those people to be all in one place — until now.

The 2024 IEEE-USA Innovation, Workforce, and Research Conference (IWRC) consists of an evening reception followed by a day-long workshop, bringing together stakeholders from academia, government, and industry to bridge the gap between research and commercially viable products. Experts from our region and across the country will discuss research grants, technology transfer programs, start-up funding, intellectual property and a host of other topics related to inspiring and empowering true innovation in the Heartland Region.

But most importantly we will bring together the key innovators from the key parts of our local innovation economy in one place to meet, learn, talk, and plan as the CHIPS Act comes to our corner of America.

June 10 – 5:30-8 pm Opening Reception
June 11 – 8 am – 5:30 pm

Who should attend?

Industry: C-Level, VP level, engineers, legal staff, R&D, patent/small business attorneys, finance & VC

Academia:  Presidents, chancellors, tech transfer & patent offices, VPRs, researchers

Government: Policymakers, Federal funding program officers, economic development professionals, incentive managers, entrepreneurial support orgs



Sioux Falls Convention Center
1201 N. West Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
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