Whether you’re trying to get a product to market or you’re an entrepreneur looking for a new investment, the SPIN66 Innovation Summit is for you. Scheduled for May 5, 2014, the event is designed to connect new and experienced entrepreneurs with mentors and service providers to launch innovative companies and products. Hosted by Mercy Research & Development, Create Springfield and the eFactory, the theme is “Energize. Mobilize. Realize.”
Why SPIN66? The clever name came from a combination of “Springfield Innovation” and a tribute to Route 66, the road that symbolized the modern transformation of America as the nation reinvented itself after the Great Depression. As the economy expanded, Americans moved about the country to undertake new opportunities and create new technologies and businesses. Today, fresh, innovative ideas have the potential to do the same.
One feature of the event is a chance for budding entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas to a panel of experts. In addition, speakers will address everything from how to launch a new business to tips for sustaining a successful company. Existing local companies will be on hand to exhibit products and services targeted to small businesses and microbusinesses. The half-day event will conclude with a post-event networking party, complete with beverages, food and music in a fun and festive atmosphere. SPIN66 will provide an opportunity to meet like-minded individuals who are interested in moving innovative products to market. “The vision of IDEA Commons is to create a critical mass of research, creativity and innovation. We’re seeing results and others are recognizing Springfield for its start-up activity. Bringing entrepreneurs and innovators together in events like SPIN66 builds on that momentum,” said Mary Lilly Smith, director of economic development for the City of Springfield.
Tickets are available online at www.spin66.org and at the Creative Foundry, 221 South Avenue in Springfield. Tickets are $25 until April 28, and then increase to $40. Check-in for the event begins at noon on May 5 at the eFactory, 405 N. Jefferson in Springfield. The event begins at 12 p.m. and lasts until 7:30 p.m.
Vendor tables are available on a first come, first served basis for $80 (6’ table), $100 (8’ table) or $250 (10’x10 space).