By Danielle Walker, Inside Business, posted January 28, 2011
Technology Hampton Roads (THR) has announced the launch of a website dedicated to helping tech and business professionals connect and also tap into job and entrepreneurial opportunities.
The site, www.IntelSupply.org, officially launched this month as a joint effort of nonprofit THR, the Hampton Technology Incubator, NASA Langley Alumni Association and Innovate for Profit.
THR runs the Hampton Technology Incubator. With the launch of this new web resource, THR President Tim Early hopes the site will help the region utilize the valuable population about to leave the workforce.
“In the next one to five years, almost 50 percent of tech professionals are going to be retiring from NASA,” he said. “We [believe] that’s a big drain on Hampton Roads, and we don’t want to lose them.”
After deciding THR needed to start thinking like a retiree in order to draw more tech retirees into the incubator, IntelSupply began to take formation.
The site caters to technology and business professionals as well as supporting professionals such as lawyers, accountants, marketers, etc.
IntelSupply’s goal is to “match entrepreneurs with seasoned technologists and business professionals to commercialize intellectual property, form technology teams and build new companies,” a release detailing the new site said. The hope is that business professionals with ideas for startups can connect with people who have a background and knowledge of business.
Diversity of skill-sets will help the team developing at IntelSupply thrive, Early explained.
Aside from being an economic development resource for the region, the website would also provide opportunities for users to find out how to volunteer, mentor and find full- to part-time employment.
“We fully intend to respond within 48 hours,” Early said about interested individuals sending in information through the site.
“We firmly believe this can do a lot for technology economic development in Hampton Roads. This should be a situation when everybody comes out a winner.”
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