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Innovation and Entrepreneurship Council to Hold First Meeting (Updated)

Conference table (Augapfel)Xconomy is reporting that the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship will hold its first meeting today in Washington, DC. The group, formed in July, will advise the executive branch on new policies “that foster entrepreneurship and identifying new ways to take great ideas from the lab to the marketplace to drive economic growth and create jobs.”

The 26-member council is a cross-section of executives from academia, business, research institutes, foundations, and not-for-profit organizations. Steve Case, Mary Sue Coleman, and Desh Deshpande serve as co-chairs. Case is CEO of Revolution and co-founder of AOL, Coleman is president of University of Michigan, and Deshpande is chairman, A123 Systems, a maker of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles.

Robin Chase, co-founder of ZipCar and one of the council members, tells Xconomy that regional pre-meetings were held to generate ideas for discussion at today’s session. One of those ideas, according to Chase, is offering course credit and campus advisers for university students who want to start companies.

Update: The meeting’s published agenda (from Department of Commerce)

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