INNOVATE® New Jersey - USA

Following on from the success of INNOVATE® New Jersey Volume 1, we are proud to present the launch of INNOVATE® New Jersey Volume 2. A true celebration of the Garden States most exciting innovations and its entrepreneurial ecosystem.

INNOVATE® New Jersey Volume 2 will shine the light on the innovators and innovation enablers that continue to define New Jersey as a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship in the USA. The city has seen phenomenal growth in recent years, with some of the giants in the business world opening offices in the state, further entrenching New Jersey as a hotbed of innovation and thought leadership.

INNOVATE® New Jersey Volume 2 will be a 300-page in-depth study and AR video series that showcases all the people, companies, products, and services that are leading the race within new Jersey’s innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem. A book with augmented reality video, an online platform, and a network with a common goal of ensuring New Jersey’s best innovations and innovation enablers connect and succeed.

Know anyone leading the way in New Jersey? Nominate them or their organization by clicking the red nominate button at the bottom of the page, let’s give them the recognition they deserve.

INNOVATE® New Jersey E-Book

Glen Edwards - INNOVATE® New Jersey Publishing Partner

Glen Edwards was born and raised in Philadelphia. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University and served in the United States Marine Corps Services. For the next 10 years, Glen worked as a Juvenile Probation Officer in Philadelphia, counseling underprivileged children in North and West Philadelphia.

In 1983, Glen left the court and went to work for Windsor Publications, a national publisher of membership directories, image publications and coffee table books that were meant to showcase the quality of life in regions across the US. Working in the sales and marketing arena for the next 25 years, Glen was responsible for the successful completion of beautiful coffee table books in communities as diverse as Grand Rapids, Louisville, Jacksonville, Williamsport, and numerous others.

In 2010 Glen formed his own company, Contemporary Publishing Group. He has continued to publish books to showcase places and important subjects of his own choosing. Glen and his wife, Nancy, live in Holland, Pennsylvania. They have four adult children.

For more information please email [email protected].


James Barrood - INNOVATE® New Jersey Publishing Partner

James Barrood is among the primary leaders of the east coast’s innovation ecosystem. Over the past 25 years he has helped nurture the region’s entrepreneurial, innovation and technology communities.

James currently leads Innovation+, a curated global community of engaged entrepreneurs and innovators. He also serves as an advisor to startups, growth companies and higher ed institutions as well as Tech Council Ventures and Jumpstart Angels.

James recently concluded five years as CEO of the regional trade association (NJ, NY, PA), the NJ Tech Council (TechUnited), which is among the largest and most respected membership organizations of its kind nationwide with 1,000+ member companies. Prior to this, he led the top-ranked entrepreneurship and innovation center at Fairleigh Dickinson University for over 10 years.

Recognized as a Power 100 List leader and a Top 100 Influencer for the past few years, James frequently speaks at regional and global conferences and serves on several boards. In 2021, he gave a TEDx talk on how innovative immigrants are helping to save millions of people with the remarkably fast development of COVID vaccines and treatments. His latest TEDx talk focuses on startup ecosystems and how they are moving to the cloud.

James is the editor of the book, Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Global Insights from 24 Leaders and co-author of Lessons from the Great Recession. He has written thought leadership articles for Entrepreneur, Business Insider, Grit Daily, Star-Ledger, ROI, NJBiz and other publications and has been widely quoted regionally and nationally and interviewed on TV (ABC, MSNBC, NJTV and My9) and online.

He holds an MBA from Texas A&M University and a BA in Economics from Rutgers University.

For more information email James at [email protected].


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