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2018 TransTech Energy Business Development Conference Agenda

Tuesday, October 23
9:00 Registration, Exhibit Set Up, and Pre-Conference Meetings
10:00 Pre-Conference Workshop on Access to Capital and Financing for Start-Up Companies
11:30 Welcome to the Conference Luncheon

Meet and Greet – Ten-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: Advanced Combustion, Advanced Turbines, Carbon Capture, Carbon Storage, Crosscutting Research, Fuel Cells, Fuels and Gasification, Onshore Oil Gas, Rare Earth Elements, …
  • ARPA-E Program Managers
  • EERE Program Managers: AMO, Building EE
  • Investors: Angel Capital Group, Blue Tree Venture Fund, Innovation Works, JumpStart Inc., Mountain State Capital, Rain Source Capital, TechGrowth Ohio, WV Jobs Investment Trust
  • Industry Partners: EQT, KeyLogic, Rockwell Automation
  • Tech-Based Economic Development: Allegheny Science and Technology, Chemical Alliance Zone of WV, TechConnect WV, WV Development Office, WV Small Business Development Center
  • Legal Assistance: Bailey Glasser Law, Webb Law
2:00 Pitch Session 1*
3:30 Plenary Panel Discussion: Insights on What VC’s, Angels, and Industry Partners are Funding Nowadays
Panelists: Eric Dobbs, CEO, Angel Capital Group, others TBD
Moderator: Matt Harbaugh, JD, Executive Director, WVU Innovation Corporation 
4:30 Pitch Session 2*
6:00 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
7:15 Conference Dinner with Keynote Session:

Connecting Technology Innovation with Entrepreneurs in Traditional Manufacturing Communities

In an era of low cost, ubiquitous bandwidth, global connectedness, and abundant energy resources, how can innovators and entrepreneurs in traditional manufacturing communities work with innovation districts in nearby regions to drive much needed economic growth?

Panelists: Tom Doyle, CEO, Aspinity, Inc.; Lance Fountaine, Senior Director of Business Intelligence, Cargill Corporation; and Valri Lightner, Acting Deputy Director, U.S. DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office

Moderator: Randy Gentry, Chief Research Officer and Deputy Director, Science and Technology, U.S. DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory

Wednesday, October 25
7:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:15 Welcome to Day 2 of the Conference
8:30 Pitch Session 3*
10:00 Plenary Presentation by Lance Fountaine, Senior Director of Business Intelligence, Cargill Corporation
How IoT and Digital Manufacturing are Changing Innovation and Driving Industry Forward
10:45 Break
11:00 Pitch Session 4*
12:30 Networking Luncheon and Announcement of Finalists
1:00 Finalists Pitch Session**
1:30 Featured Speaker/Panel - TBD 
2:00 Awards Reception
2:30 Recognition of Awardees
3:00 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 – eight minutes – uninterrupted

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

One minute – wrap-up by presenter

Two 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.

**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.