SSTI’s 2022 Annual Conference: May 2-4 in Little Rock, Arkansas

Reconnect with friends, network with new partners, and discover the spirit of entrepreneurship that is growing in the heartland. The SSTI Annual Conference brings you together with federal funding partners, startup ecosystem developers, policy makers, venture development organizations, higher education officials, and more.

Please explore the agenda to find the sessions that can help you build your innovation economy. We will spend time together in the morning plenary building a new TBED commons considering the opportunities that are open to us. We will consider the trends affecting innovation as we gain new perspectives and make new connections. Breakout sessions will take a deeper dive into the forces at play, and you will have the opportunity to connect with and learn from invited leaders and other attendees.

This spring, you will not only hear from experts who are helping to drive our economic recovery forward, but you will be an integral part of the discussion as we explore the many ways the innovation economy is Focusing on the Future while learning from the past.

You will not want to miss this event!

As an organization with science at its core, we’ve been following where the science leads us throughout the pandemic and we will be following the CDC’s guidance and monitoring and implementing guidelines to ensure the safety of all our participants.

We look forward to seeing you May 2-4, in Little Rock!

The SSTI Team


See what specific topics we will be covering during plenaries, breakouts, discussion groups and roundtables in the full agenda for SSTI’s 2022 Annual Conference!

SSTI’s Annual Conferences cover a wide array of topics, including: 

Regional innovation strategies | University-industry partnerships 
State Small Business Credit Initiative | EPSCoR | Metrics that drive positive change 
Talent attraction and development | Inclusion and equity in tech | Federal innovation policy 
Measuring and communicating impact | Venture development organizations 
Capital access strategies | Development in the heartland | And more!

The conference begins with roundtables at 2 P.M. Central on Monday, May 2, and the meeting concludes at 12:30 P.M. on Wednesday, May 4.


Register today to reserve your spot at SSTI’s 2022 Annual Conference!

Rates and Membership

SSTI member organizations can register their first attendee for just $575 and receive a discounted rate of just $520 for additional attendees.

The registration rate for non-member organizations is $725. Join SSTI today to receive the discounted registration + all other membership benefit!

Meeting Venue

SSTI’s 2022 Annual Conference is at the Little Rock Marriott.

The conference room block is sold out but rooms are still available at the event’s hotel.

Marriott Little Rock - Outside
Little Rock Marriott

Conference Partners

Host Partner

Arkansas Research Alliance

Arkansas Partners

Walton Family Foudation

National Partners