iHub, SSU event to shine light on innovation

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ROHNERT PARK -- Entrepreneurs and all that support them take note. The iHub and Sonoma State University are putting on a new event to showcase startups, both existing and potential.

On June 1 the Innovation Showcase will offer an afternoon of speakers, competitions, booth exhibits, speed mentoring, wine and food at Ives Hall on the Sonoma State campus in Rohnert Park.

“The idea is for the event to grow into a full-fledged expo of entrepreneurialism in the North Bay,” said Ivo Austin, Business Development Manager of the iHub, a collaborative enterprise to foster support for technology startups.

Robert Eyler, professor of economics and director of the Center for Regional Economic Analysis at Sonoma State University said the Showcase will identify scalable technology industries.

“It’s good for all of us to see just what we’ve got here. Connecting and networking is always a challenge,” he said.

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The Friday event will feature a keynote by Jim Kovach. Dr. Kovach, M.D., former president of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging and currently involved with three North Bay startups, will address following the path from a bright idea to a commercially viable product.

Once a pro football player, he started Athleticode to help determine genetic patterns that can lead to concussion damage in sports.

“I see the North Bay as a potential breeding ground for startups in the health care field,” said Dr. Kovach. “Queen of the Valley Hospital’s Synergy-Wellness Center in Napa is a great example of technology being put to use to keep people healthy.”

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