Expanding technology-based entrepreneurial business is critical to the U.S. economy, our members’ career vitality, and employment. The IEEE Entrepreneurship Policy and Innovation Committee (EPIC)’s mission is to advance the entrepreneurship and innovation policy interests of electrical, electronics and computer engineers, as well as related information technology professionals, with a specific focus on the small technology business needs of IEEE’s U.S. members and the overall economic health o f the U.S. technical workforce. The scope of activities includes both public and private sector policymaking that directly affects IEEE’s U.S. members who are entrepreneurs and their employees.

Priority Issues & Activities

The Committee is charged to take appropriate actions, including but not limited to, development of information reports and assessments, surveys, formulation of proposed IEEE-USA position statements, preparation and presentation of testimony and regulatory comments, holding annual small technology business policy symposia, coordination of official and member grassroots communications with policy makers, coalition building and education of IEEE U.S. members and others on entrepreneurship, innovation and small technology business issues of concern.

The Committee will also provide knowledge, experience and support to IEEE’s U.S. members who start and grow entrepreneurial technology businesses.

Policy Position Statements

Forthcoming Meetings

Consult the IEEE-USA Calendar or contact government-relations@ieeeusa.org for future meeting dates and details.

Committee Documents


Committee Chair


Staff Contact

Erik Heilman
Director, IEEE-USA Government Relations
+1 202 530 8325


According to the SBA, businesses with less than 500 employees make up 99.7 percent of all employees in the United States.

36% of IEEE members own or work for small business (500 or less employees)

Small businesses are employers of 39 percent of high tech workers (such as scientists, engineers, and computer workers)

Small Businesses produce 13 to 14 times more patents per employee than large patenting firms. These patents are twice as likely as large firm patents to be among the one percent most cited