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THE BIG FESTIVAL ABOUT SMALL CITIES
Tom Tom champions civic innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship in America’s hometowns.

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Bob Smith

Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program
Director
Washington D.C. Metro Area
Bob is currently the Director of the Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP): a program of George Mason University and the Virginia Small Business Development Center Network. ICAP works with universities, accelerators and local startup ecosystems throughout the commonwealth, assisting in their new venture initiatives by providing instructional and counseling programs based on Lean Startup methodology of business model development. He’s also an instructor with the NSF’s I-Corp program.

Bob has 30+ years of experience in innovation and entrepreneurship. He is currently the Chairman of CollegeFactual.com, a leading college rankings website. He’s held senior management positions at Congressional Quarterly and America Online in business development, marketing and new product development and was the founder and CEO of the first nation-wide online city guide, Digital City. He also launched one of the nation’s first accelerators. As an executive, angel investor and advisor he has helped companies in e-commerce, e-government, identity management, publishing, geospatial analytics, data science and media move from ideas to favorable exits.

He received a BA from USC and an MBA from GWU. He is a veteran of the US Navy.


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