About iiED

The Institute focuses on the need for more jobs in the region and for our graduating students and offers programs that work toward developing entrepreneurs and supporting innovative ideas that lead to new business opportunities in the region. iiED looks within the university and local research institutions to establish projects that assist students, investors, and entrepreneurs in successful internships, resources, and project development.

iiED Regional Investment & Impact (12/2016)

iiED Regional Investment

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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 17 local organizations, 12 local educational institutions, 8 National/International businesses & organizations, and 1 government agency. 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.

iiED Regional Impact

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The Tri-county regional impact of iiED’s efforts has been exemplary. iiED has assisted 2,000 aspiring entrepreneurs and helped to create more than 125 jobs in the community. Additionally, 370 participating companies have assisted in raising $3,300,000 to assist in iiED’s efforts. Due to this immense level of support, iiED has been able to award over $350,000 in prize money to participating entrepreneurs to assist them in their ventures.

iiED vision

The iiED vision is to become a leading center for business and social entrepreneurship training, research and regional economic development on the West Coast.

iiED mission

The iiED mission is to:

  • Develop the knowledge, expertise and financial resources needed to create and support a vibrant entrepreneurial community and successful, growing businesses and social ventures in the Tri-County region
  • Collaborate with regional and global public and private institutions to develop and deliver programs and events for the university community and the region to connect the local economy to the global market place

iiED programs

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.

People

Leadership Team

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

Krzysztof Pietroszek, PhD, School of Computing and Design

Shwadhin Sharma, PhD, College of Business

Heiko Wieland, PhD, College of Business

Staff

Anjika Grinager, Web and Graphic Designer

Assistants

Jennifer Calderon, Marketing intern