Eric Parker is one of the leading Innovation Architects in the nation. He has worked with many top research institutions and technology incubators, elite Universities, Fortune 500 companies, and startup founders. Eric’s work has been published in Bloomberg Business Week, and featured in the Stanford publication “Make Space: How to set the stage for creative collaboration”. He is the Founder and President of, Founder and Chief Architect at CONima, an Innovation Architecture Firm, Partner in Sand Hill Endeavors, an early stage startup investment fund, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Southeast Makers Alliance.

Eric is an impassioned advocate for entrepreneurs and entrepreneur support organizations (ESO’s) in midsize communities. He is a frequent public speaker, panelist, and writer; and has participated in Congressional Panels and Round Table discussions on how the federal government can support innovation at the local level at the White House Champions of Change.

Eric consults with local innovation communities and economic developers from across the Southeast to develop a more broadly collaborative technology economy and increase Venture Capital deal flow for small and mid-size communities.

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