The iiED is a leading center for entrepreneurship training, research and regional economic development on the West Coast.
The Institute for Innovation and Economic Development is a leading center for entrepreneurship training, economic research, and regional economic development on the Central Coast (Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties). The iiED mission is to create and support a vibrant entrepreneurial community with successful, growing businesses and social ventures in the Tri-county region. To accomplish this, iiED collaborates with regional public and private institutions, including sponsors and partners, to support entrepreneurs and startup companies. These include 9 local organizations, 8 local educational institutions, 8 National/International businesses & organizations, and 5 government agencies. 100 active volunteer mentors and judges assist with iiED’s efforts through one-on-one interaction, annual events, and monthly meetups. These events include the Startup Monterey Bay events, Code & TIDE Youth Innovation Tech Summer Camps, Innovation Salons/Entrepreneurship Forums, and Junior Achievement Programs.
The Tri-county regional impact of iiED’s efforts has been exemplary. iiED has assisted 2,200 aspiring entrepreneurs and helped to create more than 150 jobs in the community. Additionally, 525 participating companies have assisted in raising $10,000,000 to assist in iiED’s efforts. Due to this immense level of support, iiED has been able to award over $400,000 in prize money to participating entrepreneurs to assist them in their ventures.
Building a sustainable economy in the Monterey Bay region through a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Supporting entrepreneurship and innovation in the Monterey Bay region through:
California State University Monterey Bay’s Institute for Innovation and Economic Development (iiED) offers programs that work toward developing entrepreneurs and supporting innovation ideas that lead to new business opportunities and job growth for students and community members.
Brad Barbeau, PhD, Executive Director
Eric Tao, PhD, Founding Director
MaryJo Zenk, MBA, Program Manager
Dan Ripke, Director, Economic Development, Funding and Grants
Associated Professors and Researchers
Chi-Chun Chou, PhD, College of Business
Dante Di Gregorio, PhD, College of Business
Jason Henderson, School of Computing and Design
Miguel Lara, PhD, School of Computing and Design
Shwadhin Sharma, PhD, College of Business
Heiko Wieland, PhD, College of Business
Jennifer Calderon, Marketing Intern
Chris Caruthers, Field Placement Intern
Harrison Deal, Print and Web Design Intern
Anjika Grinager, Web and Graphic Designer
Natalie Horvath, Event Management Intern
Kennedy Marshall, Marketing Intern