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2019 TransTech Energy Regional Business Development Conference Agenda

Monday, October 28
1:00 Federal "I-Corps" Programs Workshop - sponsored by NETL
  • Kit Needham,  Associate Director, Project Olympus, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Phillip Brooks,  Entrepreneur-in-Residence, University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute
  • Randolph Quinn, Associate Director, Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurial Development, West Virginia University
2:00   Break
2:15 Continuation
3:15 Break
3:30 Continuation
4:30 Networking Reception
Tuesday, October 29
8:00 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, USDA
9:00 Conference Workshop B:  Small Business Development
  • Debra Martin, State Director, WV Small Business Development Center
  • Mike Graney, Executive Director, WV Development Office
11:00 Welcome to the Conference Luncheon - "Current Innovation & Commercialization Efforts from NETL" - presented by Randall W. Gentry, Ph.D., Deputy Director and CRO, Science & Technology Strategic Plans and Programs, National Energy Technology Laboratory
Panel Presentation: "Microgrids and Securing the National Electrical Grid",  presented and panel moderated by BIll Pollock, Managing Partner, Energy & Environmental Advisors, LLC
  • Kurt Hunt, Attorney, Disnmore Law
  • A. R. Thomas, Executive in Residence, Energy Policy Center, Cleveland State University
  • Bill Whittenberger, Chief Technology Officer, BRITE Energy Innovators
1:00 Pitch Session 1*
2:45 Break
Panel Presentation: "Securing our Identities: Biometrics, Cybersecurity, HIPAA", presented and panel moderated by Thirimachos Bourlai, Ph.D, Associate Professor, Lane Department of Computer Science & Electrical Engineering, Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, WVU
4:00   Pitch Session 2*
5:45 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
  • 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
7:00 Conference Dinner and Presentation:
Wednesday, October 30
8:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:15   Welcome to Day 2
8:30 Panel Presentation: "Securing U.S. Access to Rare Earth Elements and Establishing an American Supply Chain", presented and moderated by Paul Ziemkiewicz, Director, Water Research Institute at WVU
Pitch Session 3*
Luncheon w/ Panel Presentation: "The Future of the Appalchian Economy'", presented and panel moderated by Dr. Charles Zelek, Senior Economist, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Kelly Hunt,  District Director - Pittsburgh District Office,  U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Curt Coccodrilli, State Director, USDA Pennsylvania Rural Development 
  • David Hall, State Director, USDA Ohio Rural Development
  • Kris Warner, State Director, USDA West Virginia Rural Development
12:45 Pitch Session 4
2:30 Finalist Pitch Session
3:00 Keynote Presentation: "The Challenge of Securing our National Infrastructure" - Karen S. Evans, Ph.D., Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response, U.S. Department of Energy
4:00 Awards Presentation and Closing Remarks
4:30 Adjournment

*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.

**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.