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Join us on Wednesday, October 25th at BB&T Arena for the first Midwest IoT Showcase and Smart Regions Conference!

The Smart Regions Conference will include speakers and featured presentations in the morning, an open IoT Showcase and Expo throughout the day, and Smart City leadership workshops and awards in the afternoon. Oh, did we mention drones? Yeah, professional drone racing and exhibitions, too! Tickets and Sponsorships are available but limited.

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Calvin Cooper

NCT Ventures
Senior Director

Calvin is a Senior Director on the NCT Ventures investment team and focuses on identifying and evaluating new investment opportunities, market and competitive intelligence, fundraising, and business development. Calvin facilitates NCT’s Smart City efforts, including the launch of the Smart City Accelerator in partnership with Singularity University and American Electric Power.

An advocate for entrepreneurship in the community, Calvin serves on non-profit boards including the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center YEx Advisory Board, the i.c.stars Columbus Board, and the Columbus Music Commission Board of Directors.

Prior to joining the NCT family, Calvin served in an executive role at the Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council (OMSDC), facilitating supplier diversity and business development to connect diverse owned companies with Fortune 500 corporations. He also conducted merger due diligence and integration, helping expand the organization. Additionally, Calvin co-founded and launched the MBE Academy in partnership with the City of Columbus.

Calvin is passionate about research that advances entrepreneurship. He led and co-authored the National Survey on Access to Capital Among Minority Business Enterprises. Additionally, he serves as the Research Advisor for VentureOhio, coauthoring the research and publication of the annual Venture Report.

Calvin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Capital University in Financial Economics.