We are a curated global community of thoughtful, engaged entrepreneurs and innovators.

  • Nurturing + enhancing our entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • Strengthening + diversifying our entrepreneurial workforce
  • Assembling + highlighting our most innovative leaders
  • Cultivating + coordinating collaboration between large organizations and startups
  • Connecting + empowering relationships across industry, education, government and nonprofits to solve society’s biggest challenges

Reaching a community of 20,000+ leaders worldwide, Innovation+ is designed to connect, educate and inspire via 200+ events annually.

Educational programs include public chats, innovation events, executive training, ideation sessions, leader pipeline initiatives and entrepreneurship workshops and camps.

Community strengthening programs include salon conversations, dinners, socials, missions and adventures.

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James Barrood

Founder and CEO

James is among the primary leaders of the east coast's innovation ecosystem. Over the past 20+ years he has helped nurture the region’s entrepreneurial, innovation and technology communities. He has been recognized as a Power 100 List leader and a Top 100 Influencer for the past few years. He recently concluded five years as CEO of the regional trade association (NJ, NY, PA), the NJ Tech Council, which is among the largest and most respected membership organizations of its kind nationwide with 1,000+ member companies.

Prior to this, James led the top-ranked entrepreneurship and innovation center at Fairleigh Dickinson University for over 10 years. He currently serves as an advisor to startups, growth companies and higher ed institutions as well as Tech Council Ventures and Jumpstart Angels.

James is the editor of the book, Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Global Insights from 24 Leaders and co-author of Lessons from the Great Recession. He has written thought leadership articles for Entrepreneur, Business Insider, Grit Daily, Star-Ledger, ROI, NJBiz and other publications and has been widely quoted regionally and nationally and interviewed on TV (ABC, MSNBC, NJTV and My9).

James frequently speaks at regional and global conferences and serves on several boards. He holds an MBA from Texas A&M University and a BA in Economics from Rutgers University.

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