Egils Milbergs

3a49286Egils Milbergs is CEO of the Center for Accelerating Innovation ( The Center is a thought leader and strategy advisor on innovation ecosystems, entrepreneurship, technology commercialization, industry clusters and global competitiveness. Noteworthy highlights in Mr. Milbergs career include: implementation of the far-reaching Bayh-Dole Act, director of a presidential commission on industrial competitiveness, advocate for restoring US manufacturing leadership, and trailblazer for regional innovation clusters and ecosystems..

He is the former executive director of the Washington Economic Development Commission. The Commission championed a ground-breaking innovation based strategy for economic development, recruitment of world class entrepreneurial research teams, supported 30 Entrepreneurs-in-Residence at the University of Washington and Washington State University and joined forces with the Department of Commerce in implementing the award winning Innovation Partnership Zones program.

Mr. Milbergs prior experience includes originating the innovation ecosystem framework for National Innovation Initiative of the Council on Competitiveness, president of the National Council for Advanced Manufacturing, president of the bi-partisan Institute for Illinois and strategic adviser to Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology. As Deputy Assistant Secretary for productivity, technology and innovation for the U.S. Commerce Department under Malcolm Baldridge he had lead responsibility for the Bayh-Dole Act, and technology transfer policy across all federal agencies. He was instrumental in establishing the Baldridge National Quality Award. He served the White House as executive director of the President’s Commission on Industrial Competitiveness (Young Commission) which produced the landmark report: Global Competition–The New Reality. He is a graduate of Harvard College.