Spark Growth founder Sara Hand Invited to Harvard Summit Enabling Economies for the Future

Spark Growth is excited to announce that Founder Sara Hand has been invited to participate in the invitation-only Enabling Economies for the Future Summit September 26 and 27 at Harvard University.  

In a global world, simply providing the basic necessities including education, infrastructure and resources is not enough. To lead in the next generation, cities need to enable and drive innovation in their communities, providing creative solutions to urban problems to improve the quality of life and economic opportunities of citizens. 

The 2015 Strategic Innovation Summit on Enabling Economies for the Future asks: what makes cities future-ready? Learning, discussion, and best practices exchange will focus on what leaders measure, track and change to enable their cities to be innovation leaders in the future.

Most importantly, the Summit will address the critical leadership attributes required to choose a mix of collaborative strategies, governance models and technologies that will help make communities ready for the future. The criteria defined at the summit will be used by an independent research firm to develop a rankings list of the Top 50 Future-Ready Cities around the world.

About The 2015 Strategic Innovation Summit:

The 2015 Strategic Innovation Summit: Enabling Economies for the Future, on September 26th and 27th is an invitation-only strategic gathering of senior leaders in the public, industry and education sectors to discuss and explore the critical needs to drive innovation in our communities now and in the future. During the Summit, participants will take a deep dive into questions concerning infrastructure, education, community involvement and economic programs.

The summit is hosted by the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center (TECH) in the Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science at Harvard University with generous sponsorship from Dell Computer. The Summit will provide an unparalleled opportunity to learn from and network with the world’s foremost community leaders, Harvard faculty and researchers, and select industry experts.

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For more information about Sara Hand or Spark Growth, visit or contact Sara Hand at or 941-228-4033

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About Sara Hand:

Founder of Spark Growth LLC and the consulting company S-Hand Group, iNBIA recognized entrepreneur Sara Hand is also known for co-founding the community enterprise ‘DaVinci’s Faire and BarCamp Sarasota-Bradenton.’ With her self-dubbed “cool people collections,” she facilitates collaborative efforts between community-based initiatives and traditional organizations using the Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD) protocol of Strategic Doing. Spark Growth is designated as PCRD’s representative in the state of Florida, and drives action-focused agendas with a variety of organizations statewide.


Sara is also the founder of the 3.0 Leaders Conference. This initiative has provided a worldwide platform for thought leaders to convene and develop calls-to-action for transformative change.   Using her strengths to leverage unique value propositions and create synergistic partnerships among those “cool” connections” is what has enabled her to become a uniquely valuable visionary leader and asset to her community. Her motto is, “Think Big. Keep it Simple. Make it Happen.” With this philosophy, she has become widely recognized for consistently achieving her goals with grace and confident skill.


A diverse business development background across public and private sector enterprises, coupled with her experiences as President of the Sarasota Chapter of the Gulf Coast Venture Forum, the cowork to incubation project Station 2 Innovation, and a variety Strategic Doing projects have presented opportunities for involvement with the State Department’s Friends of GEW program, the United Nation’s launch of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, as well as spearheading a redefinition of soft landing programs within the worldwide incubator and accelerator networks.

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About Bradenton-Sarasota’s Spark Growth:

Connecting the dots – from everyday workflows to collaboration in multi-organizational initiatives. Spark Growth brings an agile and action-centric protocol to the development and implementation of strategies for individuals and organizations to leverage their resources for greater impacts and returns. Think Big. Keep it Simple. Make it Happen.

Spark Growth is a partnership of the community and business development work of Stan Schultes and Sara Hand – social and civic entrepreneurs who are long-time community builders throughout Florida. They’re also co-founders of BarCamp Sarasota-Bradenton and DaVinci’s Faire. Website:




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