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Stamford Innovation Week: Cultivating Unexpected Opportunities for Growth


Innovation CEO, Nikki Mamuric, Will Provide Keynote Address

The region's most enterprising minds will gather at venues across the
city September 13-23, 2018, for Stamford Innovation Week (SIW), an event
series designed to connect entrepreneurs, tech talent and investors to
create unexpected opportunities for growth. For tickets and full
schedule of events visit:

The week kicks off with CT Next's EIA Award Ceremony, the launch of
"Spark.Innovate.Move" – SIW's official beer – a cryo-powder pale ale by
Half Full Brewery, a large-scale video art installation by Danger
Gallery, and the "soft launch" of drone pizza delivery by Pieology.

"Stamford Innovation Week will be a celebration of the area's
entrepreneurial ecosystem," says Jonathan Winkel, SIW Founder, managing
partner of SquareWheel, a Stamford marketing agency, and chair of
Stamford's Economic Development Commission. "The intent is to bring
disparate groups together to cultivate relationships that spark new
ideas and result in new businesses."

Headlining events include:

  • CT Next - EIA Pitch Competition and Award Ceremony with $40,000 in
  • Keynote Speaker Nikki Mamuric, founder & CEO of Sprout Innovation Co.,
    on "The Innovation Within" at the Entrepreneurs Symposium
  • Blockchain technology conference featuring Nick Spanos, sponsored by
    Blockhive Technologies.
  • Frontier industry luncheon series by UCONN's Werth Institute of
    Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Topics are: Blockchain, VR/AR, AI,
    Autonomous Vehicles, Smart Cities
  • Blockchain networking event co-produced by Citi Group and Checkmate

The week's capstone event is the Entrepreneurs Symposium, with over 50
expert-led sessions covering aspects of business from marketing to
fundraising, development to networking, and more. Notable speakers
include Senior Director of Search and Biddable Media at MARC USA, John
Kagan, Author and Life Coach Tracy Fox, Independent Macro Investing
Consultant & Founder of Strata Analytics, Matt Garrett.

During the symposium's keynote address, "The Innovation Within," Nikki
Mamuric, founder and CEO of Sprout Innovation Co., will discuss her own
journey with innovation, from big CPG companies, like Procter & Gamble,
to starting her own innovation ecosystem. She will explore how to
expedite innovation from within by looking at current technologies,
creating a culture of innovation, and even innovating ourselves.

"Small businesses are quickly becoming the backbone of this economy, and
it's important for industry leaders and institutions to support their
growth," says Mamuric. "I am honored to be this year's keynote and to be
able to impart some of what I learned on my journey from Fortune 500
companies to starting my own business."

SIW's line-up includes more than 100 events including conferences,
panels, speakers, open houses, networking, and after-hours socializing
with live music at local pubs and restaurants. Themes will follow three
main tracks: entrepreneurs and start-ups; innovations in food and
beverage; finance and fintech and networking. Notable sponsors and
participants include: NatWest Markets, Deloitte, NBC Sports, People's
Bank, CT Innovations and McCarter English. See
complete list here

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