There’s interesting news out of one of the local high tech organizations serving the area today. Entretech, an economic development effort closely tied to Caltech, has added board members out of USC and UCLA. Krisztina Holly, who is Vice Provost and Executive Director of the new USC Stevens Institute for Innovation, and Kathryn Atchison, Vice Provost of Intellectual Property and Industry Relations, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at UCLA, have both joined the board of the group.
The move is interesting because, traditionally there has not been a lot of collaboration between local universities in the region to focus on bolstering the technology industry and outreach to the local technology community. Universities, while they are often identified as being a key part of making any area a center of technology startup activity, rarely reach out to industry, and even if they do infrequently collaborate with other local schools.
The three-way collaboration between USC, UCLA, and Caltech is part of a push by Entretech to extend beyond its original roots in the Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley area and into the Greater Los Angeles area.