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    21st Annual Meeting | Economic Development Collaborative, Ventura County

    21st Annual Meeting |  Economic Development Collaborative, Ventura County

    CAMARILLO, Calif.–Entrepreneurship, technology and innovation will be the focus of the Economic Development Collaborative–Ventura County’s 21st annual meeting. Scholar, lecturer and researcher Philip Auerswald, will speak about the importance of entrepreneurship for sustained economic growth, and present current trends and strategies aimed at developing “entrepreneurial ecosystems.” The event is 3-7 p.m., Jan. 18, at the Spanish Hills Country Club, 999 Crestview Ave., Camarillo.

    Philip Auerswald, is a world-renowned expert and dynamic speaker on all things entrepreneurial,” said Bruce Stenslie, EDC-VC president and CEO. “He uses the concepts of biological and ecological ecosystems to draw relevant comparisons to the ‘entrepreneurial ecosystem’ of a regional economy.”

    Auerswald, is an associate professor at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government and co-founder of Zilla Global LLC, a venture dedicated to nurturing ecosystems opportunity around digital land records (Zilla.Land). His work is about entrepreneurship, technology and innovation in a global context. Most recently the author of The Code Economy: A Forty-Thousand-Year History (Oxford University Press, 2017), Auerswald currently serves as the co-chair and executive director of the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network, an initiative of the Kauffman Foundation. He is also the cofounder and coeditor of Innovations, a quarterly journal about entrepreneurial solutions to global challenges, published by MIT Press.

    Prior to joining the faculty at George Mason University, Auerswald,was a lecturer and assistant director of the Science, Technology and Public Policy Program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington and a B.A. in political science from Yale University.     

    “Ventura County has a robust landscape of entrepreneurs driving much of the innovation resulting in new patents and technology,” said Ray Bowman, director of the SBDC of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. “We are thrilled to have someone of Philip Auerswald‘s stature as this year’s speaker.”

    The annual meeting will also pay tribute to outgoing chair, Cheryl Heitmann, and install the newly-elected executive board members for 2018.

    The cost to attend is $75 and dinner is included. Tickets can be purchased online at For additional information, call 805-384-1800, ext. 21.

    EDC-VC is a private, nonprofit organization that serves as a business-to-government liaison to assist businesses in Ventura County by offering programs that enhance the economic vitality of the region. For more information about the services available to small businesses through EDC-VC, contact Stenslie at 805-384-1800, ext. 21 or [email protected]. Or visit

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