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Autism Speaks Partners with Google to Bring Entrepreneurship to 2014 Autism Investment Conference

Attendees at Autism Speaks conference invited to complementary day-long workshop at Googleplex

NEW YORK, N.Y. (January 14, 2014) – This year’s Autism Investment Conference just became more exciting and cutting edge. Today, Autism Speaks’ and partner Google Inc., announced the addition of a complementary, day-long “Equipping Entrepreneurs” workshop for all registrants that is being offered by Google Inc.

Autism Speaks’ second annual Autism Investment Conference (AIC2014) will be held March 4 and 5, 2014, at the Bently Reserve in San Francisco. The optional, “Equipping Entrepreneurs” workshop will be held on March 6, at Google’s main campus in nearby Mountain View, California. 

“We are enormously pleased to partner with Google to make our Autism Investment Conference even more special for participants,” says Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer Robert Ring. “Our two organizations are committed to helping new and existing businesses develop the skills and experiences necessary to deliver the innovative products and services our autism community demands.” 

Google’s day-long “boot camp” will feature expert sessions designed for new as well as experienced entrepreneurs. Topics will range from the basics of raising capital and writing business plans to building social marketing campaigns and “guerilla PR.”

Workshop participants will be provided transportation to and from Googleplex and Le Meriden, San Francisco – this year’s AIC2014 headquarter hotel. Food will also be provided. Space is limited and prompt registration encouraged.

To register for both the conference and the optional full-day workshop, visit the AIC2014 website here.

Autism Speaks’ AIC2014 is the premier business development event in the field of autism. AIC2014 offers a venue for developers and entrepreneurs to connect with professional investors and business development professionals to learn about the field’s newest developments, trends and opportunities.

The AIC2014 program spans two days and features sessions focused across a wide range of product categories including medicines and devices, diagnostics, assistive technology, employment services, housing, wandering-prevention technology and educational products. Each session will include a company showcase and expert panel discussions exploring challenges in each segment of the field, ranging from reimbursement issues to regulatory pathways.

More information on AIC2014 including the registration portal can be found here.

About Autism
Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders – autism spectrum disorders – caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, as well as repetitive behaviors. An estimated one in 88 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum – a 78 percent increase in six years that is only partly explained by improved diagnosis.

About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed nearly $200 million to research and developing innovative resources for families. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 40 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.