“Venture Smarter helps leaders across agencies and sectors research, develop, fund, and deploy smart strategies and technologies to help create better places to live, work, and visit. This acquisition will help us better support innovators working on projects that share that vision.” said Rhonda Binda, CGO of Venture Smarter.
Venture Smarter CEO Zack Huhn said, “’Labs’ will focus on innovation projects and commercialization. Labs will invest time, dollars, and resources to help innovative companies in the ‘smart technology space’ go to market, handle government and public relations, and navigate growth and funding hurdles.”
Venture Smarter CSO Mitchell Kominsky elaborated, “‘Labs’ will work with early stage companies as a Chief Strategy Officer, and with investors and funds as a Venture Partner. Labs’ current portfolio of member companies and partners ranges from logistics and transportation technologies to artificial intelligence and quantum computing. We want to build the future, and enable creative innovation across sectors along the way.”
A brand launch with more information about Venture Smarter Labs and its inaugural portfolio of companies and partners will be scheduled for later this year. Venture Smarter Labs will make announcements about “Fund 1” in 2019 ahead of making a series of direct investments in the space.
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On Thursday, December 13th, 2018 at 1pm, Venture Smarter’s NYC Leadership Summit will bring together key leaders from across the city, state, and region to focus on the intersection of investment, innovation, and impact in the smart city space.
Expanded program portfolio seeks to increase access to DoD-specific electronics manufacturing capabilities, enhance hardware security, and ensure ERI investments translate to DoD applications
StateScoop — Four development teams have taken home top prizes in a competition for advanced infrastructure proposals, each securing up to $10 million in investment capital.
Cincinnati Enquirer — The Cincinnati area will get new help in its opioid fight through a pilot partnership with U.S. Homeland Security’s Science and Technology division that could yield a nationwide response to the epidemic.
StateScoop — At a "smart regions" conference in Ohio, representatives from several jurisdictions pledged to use technology to reduce drug overdoses.
CINCINNATI -- A partnership among businesses, educators and agencies is working to turn Cincinnati into the Silicon Valley of the Midwest. Local schools are training the next generation of cyber experts.
Smart Cities Dive — Four cross-jurisdictional teams took home the top cash prizes in the first Smart Infrastructure Challenge, hosted by smart city and technology strategy firm Venture Smarter.
Smart Cities Dive — Speakers in Columbus, OH, emphasized the need for cities to put people first, but the age gap between elected leaders and smart city proponents could be a hindrance.
The second annual Smart Regions Conference invites guests to think BEYOND city limits, beyond bureaucratic silos, beyond party lines, and beyond all of the barriers that hinder the development of smart communities in cities and regions of all sizes.
For governments and technologists, partnerships with academic and research institutions are particularly important as there are not yet hundreds or thousands of use cases that define and prove the concepts behind smart cities or regions.