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2018 TransTech Energy Business Development Conference Agenda
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!
Pitch Session 1*
Plenary Panel: Commercializing Startups for the Innovation Economy
Pitch Session 2*
|5:00||Comments by Michael Marr, Business Integration Lead, Shell Pennsylvania Chemical Project
Introduction by Brian Anderson, Director, WVU Energy Institute
Link-Up and Learn! Conference Reception - Exhibits, Demos, and Posters on topics such as:
Conference Dinner with Keynote Session:
TOPIC FOR DISCUSSION:
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?
Registration and Continental Breakfast
Welcome to Day 2 of the Conference
Pitch Session 3* - moderated by Steven Cutright, Director, WVU College of Business & Economics, BrickStreet Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Plenary Discussion: How IoT and Digital Manufacturing are Changing Innovation and Driving Manufacturing Energy Efficiency
Pitch Session 4* - moderated by Randy Quinn, Associate Director, WVU Evansdale Innovation Center
|12:15||Finalist Pitch Session***|
|1:00||Dessert Reception while Awards Committee Deliberates|
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.