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2018 TransTech Energy Business Development Conference Agenda

Tuesday, October 23
8:30 Registration, Exhibit Set Up, and Pre-Conference Meetings
10:00 Conference Workshop on USDA's Rural Business-Cooperative Development Funding Programs presented by Lisa Sharp, Director of Business and Cooperative Programs
11:30 Welcome to the Conference Luncheon - Comments by  Rebecca Bagley, Vice Chancellor for Economic Partnerships, University of Pittsburgh - Introduction by Matt Harbaugh, Executive Director, WVU Innovation Corporation

Meet and Greet – Eight-Minute One-on-One Conversations to: Launch a Company, Fund a Project, Find a Partner, Share Your Wild Idea, Ask a Question, or to Make Good Things Happen!

  • NETL Technology Managers: Carbon Capture (Lynn Brickett), Crosscutting Research (Briggs White)  
  • NETL Partnership Portfolio Managers: Global Partnerships (Chuck Taylor), University and National Lab Partnerships (Mike Nowak), State and Regional Partnerships (Tom Feeley)

  • USDA Rural Development: Business and Cooperative Programs (Lisa Sharp)
  • ARPA-E Program Managers; (invited)
  • EERE Program Managers: AMO, Building EE (invited)
  • DOE Office of Technology Transitions: Clara Asmail, Senior Program Analyst
  • Investors: Angel Capital Group (Eric Dobson), Blue Tree Venture Fund (Don Morrison), Innovation Works (Bob Starzynski), JumpStart Inc. (Kevin Berner), Mountain State Capital (Mike Green and Matt Harbaugh), Nascent Group Holdings (Will Allen), TechGrowth Ohio, WV Jobs Investment Trust (Michele O'Connor), TechGrowth Ohio
  • Industry Partners:  American Electric Power (Chris  Johnson), Cargill Corporation (Lance Fountaine), EQT, KeyLogic (Carey Butler),  Rockwell Automation, Signify/Philips Lighting (Cindy Malinchak)
  • Tech-Based Economic Development: Chemical Alliance Zone of WV (Kevin DiGregorio), TechConnect WV (Anne Barth), WV Development Office , WV Small Business Development Center
  • Legal Assistance: Bailey Glasser Law (Lorren Patterson), Webb Law (Craig Waller)
1:45 Pitch Session 1*
  • HiberSense - Bob Fields, COO - building enviro sensors and controls
  • Neowaste -  Jessica Findley, Co-Founder and CEO - plastics recycling
  • Roadbotics - RyanGayman, Director, Accounts Mgt - road condition monitoring
  • **TIC - Howard McClintic, Executive Directors, CTC Foundation - high temp transformation of waste
  • **Kustom Doors - Mike Jude, Owner/Inventor - innovative home door designs
3:00 Plenary Panel: Commercializing Startups for the Innovation Economy 
  • Eric Dobson, CEO, Angel Capital Group 
  • Reed McManigle, Office of Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation, CMU
  • Chris Johnson, Director of Enterprise Innovation & Technology, American Electric Power 
  • Moderator: Anna J. Siefken, Executive Director, The Willard E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University
3:45 Pitch Session 2*
  • Teratonix - Yi Luo, CEO and CTO - RF energy harvesting for wireless charging
  • GOEFER - Michael Herod, Founder and CEO - surge strip for plug load energy efficiency
  • ARIECA - Navid Kazem, CTO - high conductivity elastomer for thermal mgt applications
  • Shale Fuel - Kevin DiGregorio, CEO - conversion of shale gas liquids to hi octane fuel
  • **Farm to Flame - Kwaku Jyamfi, CIO/Co-Founder - Ag waste to energy
  • **Solar Wind Storage - Tom Barczak, VP - underground H2 storage for RE
5:00     Comments by Michael Marr, Business Integration Lead, Shell Pennsylvania Chemical Project
Introduction by Brian Anderson, Director, WVU Energy Institute
5:20 Link-Up and Learn! Conference Reception - Exhibits, Demos, and Posters on topics such as:
  • Emerging Innovations from NETL, CMU, Pitt, CWRU, and WVU Research Labs
  • TransTech Energy Pitch Presenters Poster Session
  • Student Entrepreneurs Poster Session
  • CO2 Reduction and Utilization
  • Sensors and Controls
  • Robotics
  • Energy Storage and Grid Technologies
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
  • Advanced Materials
  • Bio Fuels and Products
  • Engines, Compressors, and Vehicles
6:45 Conference Dinner with Keynote Session:


Can Mid-Atlantic, rust belt communities take advantage of IoT global connectedness, new and abundant energy resources, smart manufacturing Industry 4.0, and vibrant entrepreneurial districts scattered around the country to create new companies and good jobs?


    • Clara C. Asmail, Senior Program Advisor, U.S. DOE, Office of Technology Transitions
    • Tom Doyle, CEO, Aspinity, Inc.
    • Lance Fountaine, Senior Director of Business Intelligence, Cargill Corporation
MODERATOR:   Will Allen, Managing Partner/Co-Founder, Nascent Group Holdings, LLC

Wednesday, October 24
7:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:15 Welcome to Day 2 of the Conference
8:30 Pitch Session 3* - moderated by Steven Cutright, Director, WVU College of Business & Economics, BrickStreet Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • ARIN Technologies - Jay Oppenheim, COO - location technology for warehouse/industry
  • Jinichiro Nakano, NETL Researcher - conversion of industrial waste/slag to energy
  • Square Line Power - John Taylor, Sales Dir. - wireless induction charging and lighting
  • GridFruit - Javad Mohammadi, CEO - refrigeration energy cost reduction of 15%
  • NutraChar - Joshua Frye, Owner - gasification of poultry house litter to biochar
10:00 Plenary Discussion: How IoT and Digital Manufacturing are Changing Innovation and Driving Manufacturing  Energy Efficiency 

    • Lance Fountaine, Corporate Operational Business Intelligence Leader, Cargill Corporation
    • Joe Hezir, Professor of the Practice, The Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University and former CFO, U.S. Department of Energy
    • Grant Goodrich, Director, Great Lakes Energy Institute, CWRU
10:45 Break
11:00 Pitch Session 4* - moderated by Randy Quinn, Associate Director, WVU Evansdale Innovation Center
  • Boundary Labs - Prince Ghosh, Founder - monitor industrial assets for failure prediction
  • Rewyndr - David Palmer, Co-Founder/President - SaaS collaborative problem solving
  • Dustin McIntyre, NETL Team Lead - laser probe for contaminant monitoring
  • BOSS Controls - Greg Puschnigg, Founder and CEO - cloud-based monitoring of electrical devices
12:15 Finalist Pitch Session***
12:30 Networking Luncheon
1:00 Dessert Reception while Awards Committee Deliberates
1:15 Recognition of Awardees - Reception Continues
2:00  Adjourn the 7th TransTech Energy Business Development Conference


*Pitch Session Format

Each pitch session will have up to five pitches by start-up companies and commercializable projects

18 minutes for each pitch/Q&A, including 2 minutes for judges’ scoring and comments

Part 1 of pitch – 8 minutes – uninterrupted

Part 2 of pitch - 8 minutes - interactive Q&A with pitch session judges

2 minutes - Judges write scores and comments on pitch; next presenter comes forward

Judges convene immediately after their pitch session is completed to nominate up to three start-up company finalists.

**Exhibitor Pitch: 4-minute pitch - no Q&A.

***Finalists Pitch Session Format:

Four to 12 finalists. Each finalist makes a two-minute pitch – no Power Point Slides or follow-up Q&A!

Judges for the Finalists Pitch Session convene privately to nominate top five presenters/companies for consideration of monetary and TA awards.