2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

7 Ways to Engage with the US State Department

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A description of an entrepreneur's two years serving as a senior advisor on innovation and entrepreneurship. The talk will include details on 7 mechanisms created to enable more engagement between the State Department and US startups and the innovations they hold, as a way to demonstrate some new avenues for entrepreneurs to consider, earlier in their maturation phases, as to potential uses for their products and services. Time permitting, the presenter will also detail the path she took to become a senior advisor to the State Department, for those with interest in serving similarly.



Rebecca Taylor

Venture Principal

Shell Technology Ventures

Based on her view that all citizens should serve meaningfully in their government, Rebecca Taylor took a "time out" from 25 years as a serial entrepreneur to serve for two years as Senior Advisor, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the U.S. Department of State. She has since moved back into the private sector. Her talk will focus on the initiatives she created to help the State Department identify and work with US startups more effectively. Anyone interested in serving in similar ways, and the value one can derive from this type of experience, will enjoy this talk!

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