Regional Innovation Clusters

Regional Innovation Clusters are networks of businesses and other organizations that work together to maximize their strengths and resources, allowing them to compete on a larger scale.


List of Regional Innovation Clusters

Regional Innovation Clusters (RICs) build business support networks to provide assistance directly to small businesses to help them start and grow. RICs can provide services to small businesses like accelerators and incubators, market research, government and commercial contract support, and exporting assistance.

RICs are managed by SBA’s Office of Investment and Innovation (OII). OII supports the high growth business community with access to capital and technical assistance to develop commercially viable innovations.

Are you a small business or potential partner organization that is interested in working with a RIC? Find a RIC that focuses on your field below:

Acendian LLC
Attn: Antonio Sardella
17020 Lakeside Ridge
Chesterfield, MO 63005–4535
Area of focus: Pharmaceutical and Medical Supply Chain  

Mid-South MS Delta Ag Innovation Cluster
Attn: Pete Nelson
1319 Heistan Place
Memphis, TN 38104
Area of focus: Missisippi Delta, Agriculture, AgTech, Farmer Network, Sustainable Agriculture, AgTech, Value-Added Processing & Supply Chain

Southern Appalachian Agri-Food Cluster
Attn: Tom Womack
Knoxville Entrepreneur Center
17 Market Square, Suite 101
Knoxville, TN 37902
Area of focus: Southern Appalachia, Agriculture, AgTech, Farmer Network Sustainable Agriculture, AgTech, Value-Added Processing & Supply Chain

Pacific Northwest Agri-Food Cluster 
Attn: Alex Paraskevas
Strategic Economic Development Corp
626 High Street, NE Suite 200
Salem, Oregon 97301
Area of focus: Pacific Northwest, Agriculture, AgTech, Farmer Network, Sustainable Agriculture, AgTech, Value-Added Processing & Supply Chain 

Development Capital Networks, LLC
Attn: Sallie Traxler
4045 NW 64 Street, Suite 405
Area of focus: Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM)

Larta Institute
Attn: Rohit Shukla
1149 S. Hill Street, Suite 900
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Area of focus: Bioscience & Healthcare

LSI Business Development, Inc.
Attn: Sarah Bertagnolli
2454 Sandstone Place
Suite 100
Woodbury, MN 55129
Area of focus: Defense Industry Technology

NTouch-BCT Strategies, LLC - New Jersey Cybersecurity Regional Cluster
(a joint venture between N-Touch Strategies, LLC and BCT Partners, LLC)
Attn: Dr. Randal Pinkett
105 Lock St., Suite 311
Newark, NJ 07103
Area of Focus: Cybersecurity

NVision Solutions. Inc.
Attn: Joel Lawhead
88360 Diamondhead Drive, East
Diamondhead, MS 39525-3643
Area of focus: Unmanned Maritime Systems

Shadow Ridge Analytics
Attn: Elle Gahl
96 N. Weaver St, #826
Belgrade, MT 59714
Area of Focus: Smart Sensing Systems, Photonics

Startup Junkie Consulting, LLC
Attn: Brett Amerine
1 East Center Street, Suite 270
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Area of focus: Retail, Supply Chain, Food Processing, Ecommerce, Digital Transformation

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Last updated February 21, 2024