Increasing Innovation by Speeding Up SBIR and SBIC

Fueling the Innovation Economy
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Ample evidence shows that entrepreneurs and small businesses are the primary drivers of innovation and job creation in the economy. When job creation matters more than ever, what role is there for the federal government? How can the government encourage more startups, or help companies scale and grow faster? Is it possible for the government to be more entrepreneurial?

Sean Greene, an entrepreneur and early stage investor now currently at the Small Business Administration, will discuss “entrepreneur-friendly” changes in the Small Business Investment Company (SBIC), Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), and other programs, and will suggest that entrepreneurialism in government need not be an oxymoron.

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Sean Greene

U.S. Small Business Administration. 

Sean Greene is the Associate Administrator for Investment, and  Special Adviser for Innovation at the U.S. Small Business Administration.  
He brings 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, investor, and 
business strategist to the SBA.  He was the founder and CEO of, an online travel company that he sold to Orbitz. He was also a   Co Founder of Rock Creek Ventures and LaunchBox Digital, a seed‐stage  investment firm in Washington DC.  Previously Greene was a management  consultant with McKinsey and Co. Greene holds an AB from Princeton  University, an MBA from Yale’s School of Management, and also was a  Fulbright Scholar at the National University of Singapore. 

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