The Impact of Innovation in Sustainability

  • Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The Bit Factory - 526 S Main St

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Learning about the role of innovation and entrepreneurial eco-systems in sustainability will be the topic of the GAINS monthly meeting at The Bit Factory on the 5th Floor in the Akron Accelerator Building. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the free program.

Innovation is generally recognized as the essential element for prosperous organizations, governments, businesses and communities. The foremost management expert Peter Drucker warned organizations to build systems that innovate or face decline and extinction.

The Greater Akron region has a history of being a leading innovation hub during the industrial revolution and continues that spirit today through efforts to build eco-systems around innovation and... entrepreneurship.

Speakers for the evening include: Donald Sedlock, Director of Development for the National Inventors Hall of Fame in North Canton, Ohio and Victoria Avi, Manager of the Sustainable Business Center the Monte Ahuja College of Business at Cleveland State University.

Mr. Sedlock will speak about the National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees whose innovations have made significant contributions in sustainability and how their organization works with these inductees to inspire the next generation of big thinkers, innovators, and entrepreneurs and Ms. Avi will highlight the entrepreneurial eco system in Northeast Ohio along with the Cleveland Co-Labs start up and the sustainable value of social enterprise innovation.

The mission of The National Inventors Hall of Fame is to recognize inventors and invention, celebrate our country’s rich, innovative history, inspire creativity, and advance the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. Their unique role is to not only honor the individuals whose inventions have made the world a better place, but also to ensure American ingenuity continues to thrive in the hands of coming generations securing our country’s competitive advantage.

Cleveland Co-Labs works to develop the next generation of change makers and help them become social impact leading organizations.

GAINS is a local gathering of sustainability practitioners who focus on advancing innovative ideas, and sustainable values and practices in the marketplace. The salon-style meetings are free and interactive and open to anyone interested in learning about and engaging with community partners on the leading edge of sustainability.