For those of us living in New England, last week marked the beginning of Innovation Month – a period focused on cultivating new companies, showcasing product ideas and formulating fresh approaches to address traditional technology challenges.  With a variety of events scheduled in June – including the MIT Enterprise Forum: Securing Seed Funding in Today's Economy, Green Innovation for Business and What's Next in Tech: Exploring the Growth Opportunities of 2009 and Beyond, New England entrepreneurs are encouraged to get out and show their support for innovation on the home front.

High tech innovation has always been one of New England’s strengths; in fact Michael Arndt from BusinessWeek recently named Boston the third most inventive city in the world (after San Francisco and Tokyo) in his slideshow:  The World's Most Inventive Cities – a list derived from the cities that yield the most valuable patents.  That said, is New England the Eastern seaboard's only bright spot among the decline in U.S.-based tech innovation?  In another BusinessWeek article, The Failed Promise of Innovation in the U.S. the author attributes the current economic conditions in the U.S. to be a result of this perceived innovation decline over time.

Regardless of the dire predictions, New England remains a stalwart in the tech game. Together, the region is blazing new trails in healthcare technology, robotics and cleantech, to name a few. So, we encourage you to take pause this month to investigate and celebrate the innovation happening right in our backyard!  Also, we recommend following along as Scott Kirsner tracks this month's focus on innovation on his blog: Innovation Economy

A complete list of the events taking place around New England can be found here.

– Contributed by Chantal LeBoulch.  Follow her @cleboulch