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2019 TransTech Energy Business Development Conference Agenda

Monday, October 28

      Events TBD 
Tuesday, October 29
8:30 Registration, Exhibit Set Up, and Pre-Conference Meetings
9:00 Conference Workshop A: USDA's Rural Business-Cooperative Development Funding Programs presented by Lisa Sharp, Director of Business and Cooperative Programs
9:00 Conference Workshop B:  SBIR/STTR -   How can this Program Jumpstart Your Business
11:00 Welcome to the Conference Luncheon - keynote speaker

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:   
  • NETL Partnership Portfolio Managers:
  • NREL:
  • USDA Rural Development: 
  • DOE Office of Technology Transitions: 
  • Investors: 
  • Industry Partners:  
  • Tech-Based Economic Development: 
  • Legal Assistance: 
1:30 Pitch Session 1*
3:00 Break
Pitch Session 2*
4:45     Dinner Speaker
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
Wednesday, October 30
8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 Welcome and Pitch Session 3*
10:45 Break
11:00 Pitch Session 4*
12:30 Luncheon Speaker
12:30 Networking Luncheon
1:30 Finalist Pitch Session***
2:15 Speaker/Panel Discussion
3:15 Recognition of Awardees and Closing Remarks 

*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.