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October 16, 2009

University of Maryland Technology Start-Up Boot Camp

University of Maryland Start-Up Boot Camp Video

Don't miss a blockbuster lineup of speakers including Michael Chasen, co-founder and CEO of Blackboard, Inc., and Brian Hinman, co-founder and former CEO of Polycom, Inc. at the UM Technology Start-Up Boot Camp. Joining them will be speakers from NIH and NSF, successful entrepreneurs, intellectual property experts, and venture capitalists. The Boot Camp is an intensive, one-day workshop and networking event about how to launch and grow new ventures, headlined by prominent leaders of this region's entrepreneurial community. Hundreds of entrepreneurial-minded students, faculty, and professionals attend each year. This year, the Boot Camp features three tracks for beginning, bio-focused, and high-tech entrepreneurs.
View the full agenda and register at: www.bootcamp.umd.edu/agenda.html

News

  • Venture Capitalists Like the Sound of Cell Phone Technologies Invented at the University of Maryland

Opportunities

  • Sponsorship Opportunities for the University of Maryland Technology Startup Boot Camp, University of Maryland $75K Business Plan Competition
  • $50K SAIC-VentureAccelerator Competition: Applications Due October 30!
  • Free Legal Services on Intellectual Property and Related Matters for Entrepreneurs and Emerging Tech Companies: Maryland Intellectual Property Legal Resource Center Now at UM, Mtech
  • Chesapeake Bay Seed Capital Fund: Financing Available for Qualifying Green Companies

Upcoming Mtech Events

  • October 23: University of Maryland Technology Start-Up Boot Camp
  • November 10: Free, Open Entrepreneur Office Hours for University of Maryland Students, Faculty and Staff, and Regional Entrepreneurs with Tech-Based Startups or Ideas

Partner and Other Events

  • October 20: How to Protect (and profit from) Your Intellectual Property
  • October 21-22: 2009 Vision Conference
  • October 22: IGNITE Baltimore #4
  • October 23: GBTC 101
  • October 26-27: Mid-Atlantic Business to Business Green Forum
  • October 27: Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Lecture & Colloquium: Dr. Patrick O'Shea, "Enlightening the Darkness"
  • October 27: MITEF Startup Lab: Innovation in the Wireless Market
  • October 27: Sales and Business Development Excellence Forum: Acquiring New Customers
  • October 28: Are You Feeling Blue Enough? Applying the “Blue Ocean Strategy” to Your Business
  • October 29: Manufacturing Matters in Maryland
  • November 2: Meet the Press: Leading Journalists Speak on What's News, What's Not and Changes in the Media
  • November 3: PDS 100: Commercializing Technology Through the Power of IP Licensing
  • November 4-6: 2009 Mid-Atlantic Bio Conference
  • November 5-6: Business Policy Conference
  • November 5: TEDxMidAtlantic
  • November 6: 10th Annual CIO Forum: Web 2.0 and Beyond: Where Will the Internet Take us Next?
  • November 10: Cloud Computing
  • November 12: University of Maryland Bioscience Research & Technology Review Day
  • November 13: TEDCO Funding Briefing
  • November 17: 2009 Maryland SBIR Conference
  • November 17: 3rd Annual Microsoft Government Contractor Summit: Powering Business Growth and Transformation in the Government Contractor Sector

Mtech venture programs' valued 2009 sponsors are Fish & Richardson P.C., Nixon Peabody LLP and the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO).

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News


Venture Capitalists Like the Sound of Cell Phone Technologies Invented at the University of Maryland
A new technology that measures the radiation absorbed into the human body from cell phones faster and for far less money than current methods was awarded first prize at the University of Maryland Electrical and Computer Engineering Research Review Day Faculty Venture Fair, held Oct. 9.

Christopher Davis, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, pitched the technology he developed to a judging panel comprised of venture capitalists and leaders in the region's entrepreneurial community. He was selected among six faculty members and graduate students who also presented their inventions.

Professor Carol Espy-Wilson’s invention, called TidyTalk, took second place, with just one less vote than Davis's. TidyTalk filters noise out of a sound sample to make any speaker's speech sound clear. TidyTalk can even pull out the speech of secondary speakers, or those that are not as loud as the primary speaker. Espy-Wilson's technology could filter out sounds such as wind or truck noise when talking on a cell phone.

Sponsors of the Faculty Venture Fair included the university's Office of Technology Commercialization, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute, or Mtech. More»


Opportunities

Sponsorship Opportunities for the University of Maryland Technology Startup Boot Camp, University of Maryland $75K Business Plan Competition
Support entrepreneurship and gain premium visibility for your company or organization to entrepreneurs and future customers at the university and in the region. Read more about the sponsorship opportunities for Mtech's region-leading entrepreneurship events.

$50K SAIC-VentureAccelerator Competition: Applications Due October 30!
Mtech’s VentureAccelerator Program seeks applicants for the SAIC-VentureAccelerator Competition, which supports commercially promising research employing scientific, engineering, and technology solutions to solve problems of vital importance to the nation and the world in the areas of national security, energy and the environment, critical infrastructure, and health.
Apply by Oct. 30! More»

Free Legal Services on Intellectual Property and Related Matters for Entrepreneurs and Emerging Tech Companies: Maryland Intellectual Property Legal Resource Center Now at UM, Mtech
The Maryland Intellectual Property Legal Resource Center (MIPLRC), which offers free legal services on intellectual property and related matters to entrepreneurs and emerging technology companies and explores relevant legal, ethical and policy issues in the high technology and intellectual property areas, is now at the university and Mtech.
MIPLRC’s legal services are available at no charge to university faculty and students, as well as to regional entrepreneurs and startup companies. For more information, visit www.miplrc.org.

Chesapeake Bay Seed Capital Fund: Financing Available for Qualifying Green Companies
If your company or technology could improve air or water quality around the Chesapeake Bay area, consider applying for investment from the Chesapeake Bay Seed Capital Fund. Supported by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and administered by Mtech, the fund will invest $250,000 annually over a three-year period into Maryland-based startup companies with innovative technologies that may help improve air and water quality in the Chesapeake Bay area. Fund recipients are jointly selected by Mtech and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. More»


Upcoming Mtech Events


October 23, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.: University of Maryland Technology Start-Up Boot Camp
OPEN THE DOOR TO OPPORTUNITY
Whether you have an idea, an early stage venture or just want to learn how to start a company, the University of Maryland Technology Start-Up Boot Camp is full of opportunities for you.

LEARN THE SECRETS OF SUCCESS
Opening the event is keynote speaker and UM alumnus Brian Hinman, co- founder and former CEO of Polycom, Inc. (NASD: PLCM), the world's leading teleconferencing company, co-founder and former President and CEO of 2Wire, provider of broadband service platforms for DSL, and now a venture partner with Silicon Valley-based Oak Investment Partners. At the age of 22, Hinman pioneered video compression technology that has endured as the standard today.

Michael Chasen, co-founder and CEO of Blackboard (NASD: BBBB), a global leader in educational technology solutions, Washington SmartCEO magazine's first "CEO of the Year," and Ernst & Young's "Entrepreneur of the Year for Emerging Companies in Washington, D.C.," will also speak at the event.

LEARN THE NUTS AND BOLTS

  • Market Research Tools and Techniques
  • Perfecting Your Pitch and Presentation
  • Great Ideas: Spurring Creativity and Innovation
  • Keep the Wolves at Bay: Using Your Intellectual Property Against Competition
  • Here to Help! University Resources to Assist You Every Step of the Way

LEARN HOW TO LAUNCH A BIOTECHNOLOGY COMPANY

  • FDA Express Lane: Efficiently Navigating the FDA Approval Process
  • Where's the Money? Finding Funding for Biotechnology Ventures
  • Biotechnology Entrepreneurship: Nuances of Launching and Growing a Biotechnology Venture

LEARN HOW TO LAUNCH A HIGH-TECH VENTURE

  • Create the Why to Buy: Marketing for High-Tech Companies and Products
  • Where's the Money? Funding for High-Tech Ventures
  • High-Tech Entrepreneurship: Nuances of Launching and Growing a High-Tech Venture

CONNECT WITH THE NEW VENTURE COMMUNITY

  • Network with hundreds of current and aspiring entrepreneurs.
  • Meet experts and people who can connect you with the resources you need.
  • Connect with potential investors.

The University of Maryland Technology Start-Up Boot Camp is an intensive, one-day workshop and networking event about launching new ventures. The Boot Camp is FREE to University of Maryland students, faculty and staff. The cost is $75 for all others.

Location: Colony Ballroom, Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland, College Park
More information and to register: www.bootcamp.umd.edu

November 10, 10 a.m.-noon: Free, Open Entrepreneur Office Hours for University of Maryland Students, Faculty and Staff, and Regional Entrepreneurs with Tech-Based Startups or Ideas
Mtech is hosting free office hours to help aspiring and current entrepreneurs with tech-based startups or ideas get advice on how to:

  • build and finance a startup company
  • develop and protect intellectual property
  • navigate the technology transfer process
  • refine your business strategy for rapid growth
  • tap into other entrepreneurial resources

Representatives from the following organizations and groups are typically on hand to speak with you one-on-one regarding any questions you might have about starting a company:

Location: Room 1103, Technology Advancement Program building
Read more and register at: www.eoh.umd.ed
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Partner and Other Events


October 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: How to Protect (and profit from) Your Intellectual Property
IP assets exist in every size and type of a business, but entrepreneurs often don't recognize or protect our Intellectual Property. Learn how to identify, protect and profit from your company's major intellectual property assets -- patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. This educational, enlightening program is hosted and presented by the Nath Law Group Partner Joshua Goldberg and Trademark Department Manager David Starr.
Location: 112 S.West Street Alexandria, VA 22314
More information: event page

October 21-22: 2009 Vision Conference
Keynote Speaker: William J. Lynn, III, Deputy Secretary of Defense.
Join the TechAmerica Foundation as it presents the most authoritative, well-referenced federal market forecast in the industry at the 45th annual Vision Conference. The Vision Forecast offers a detailed analysis of government agencies' spending plans in order to help the high-tech industry understand current and emerging government requirements for technology, services and equipment. This year's program offers the first comprehensive look at how the new Administration's plans will shape the marketplace. Day one of the Vision Conference is dedicated to providing a ten-year outlook for U.S. defense spending, with day two dedicated to forecasting the next five years of federal civilian information technology spending.
Location: Waterford Conference Center, Springfield, VA
More information:
TechAmerica Web page

October 23, noon-1 p.m.: GBTC 101
GBTC 101 is an introduction to the GBTC – our orientation. Spend an hour over breakfast/ or lunch and learn about our organization and the services we extend to our members. This session is designed for new members, new employees of existing members, and those companies considering joining the GBTC.
Location: 2400 Boston Street, Factory Bldg, 3rd Floor, Baltimore, MD 21224
More information: GBTC event page

October 22, 6-10 p.m.: Ignite Baltimore
If you had five minutes on stage, what would you say to Baltimore? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds? On October 22 at 6 pm, 16 artists, technologists, entrepreneurs, and philosophers will answer this challenge at Ignite Baltimore #4. The event will be held at The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St, Baltimore, MD. Tickets are free, but space is limited. Audience members who have reserved a ticket will be admitted exclusively until 6:45 pm, at which point the event opens to the general public. Ignites #1-#3 sold out, so RSVPs are recommended. There will also be plenty of time to network with other professionals and make new connections, and free pizza will be offered.
Location: The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles Street, Baltimore MD 21201
More information: event page

October 26-27: Mid-Atlantic Business to Business Green Forum
Now more than ever, businesses have been forced to rethink the way they do business, learn how to align their business on an environmentally sustainable path, and institute these changes. The Mid-Atlantic B2B Green Business Forum will help your business by making connections with other organizations and learn the environmental information you need to align your business with current and future green policies.
Location: The Engineers Club, 11 West Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD 21201
More information: event Web page

October 27, 4 p.m.: Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Lecture & Colloquium: Dr. Patrick O'Shea, "Enlightening the Darkness"
The speaker for this event is Patrick G. O’Shea, Professor and Chair of the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering. The Department is the largest in the School of Engineering, and has been ranked by US News & World Report as having the leading graduate programs in both electrical and computer engineering among public universities in the Mid-Atlantic and North East. Prior to becoming Chair of ECE, he was Director of the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics (IREAP) at the University of Maryland. While Director of IREAP, he played a major role in establishing the Maryland Nano Center. Previously he was a Project Leader at the University of California Los Alamos National Laboratory. He was born in Cork, Ireland, and holds a B.S. degree from the National University of Ireland, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Maryland. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. Professor O’Shea’s technical expertise lies in the field of applied electromagnetics, nonlinear dynamics and charged particle beam technology, and applications.
Location: John S. Toll Physics Building, #1412, University of Maryland, College Park
More information: Clark School event page

October 27: MITEF Startup Lab: Innovation in the Wireless Market
With the advent of the iPhone and explosion of other mobile media devices, entrepreneurs have been rapidly developing new applications and services for the ever-changing mobile community. At this exciting MITEF Startup Lab, learn from two emerging DC-area companies, TapMetrics and Keen Guides, which have developed solutions for this rapidly-expanding market. As always, be ready to ask questions as you and the speakers will learn as much from this interchange as from the prepared remarks!

Location: NRECA, 4301 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203
More information: MITEF Web site

October 27, 8:30-10 a.m.: Sales and Business Development Excellence Forum: Acquiring New Customers
Sales and business development are the lifeblood of any organization. In order to survive, you need to keep growing and finding that next fertile market for your company. Join us to learn the key steps necessary to acquire new customers. Whether you are new to sales or business development or you have been at it for a number of years, this seminar will offer you a new perspective on how to find new business regardless of your target market. You will walk away from this session with:

  • The Three Steps to Success
  • Immediate Actions You Can Take the Same Day
  • How to Build a Sales Pipeline to Sustain You Through the Long-Term

If you are charged with acquiring new business, you need to register now for Acquiring New Business produced by TCM’s Sales and Business Development Excellence Forum.
Location: Tech Council of Maryland Offices, 9713 Key West Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850
More information: TCM events page

October 28, 7:30-11:30 a.m.: Are You Feeling Blue Enough? Applying the “Blue Ocean Strategy” to Your Business
How would you like to “own” your market – and not worry about competition? If that would make you happy, perhaps you should be more “blue.” Not “unhappy blue” but “Blue Ocean blue.” This highly-interactive morning gives you an opportunity to apply to your business the lessons of the best-seller Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant. Who Should Attend: Anyone who is responsible for strategy, marketing or business development within a growing organization.
Location: 2400 Boston Street, 3rd Floor Board Room, Baltimore, MD 21224
More information: GBTC event page

October 29, 7:30-11:30 a.m.: Manufacturing Matters in Maryland

Event agenda:

  • State of the Manufacturing Industry--A National Report, presented by Bob Jirsa, managing director with RSM McGladrey and leader of the Manufacturing and Wholesale Distribution Services practice in the Mid-Atlantic region. Bob will discuss the highlights of RSM McGladrey’s 2009 National Manufacturing and Wholesale Distribution Survey, including regional results, provide an update on the current manufacturing climate, and share his insights regarding operating strategies for 2010.
  • A Maryland company making news across America--How to make money in today’s tough market The Marlin Steel Wire success story is on TV, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and across the internet. Learn from Drew Greenblatt, www.MarlinWire.com President, Marlin Steel Wire and RMI Board Chair, what it takes to expand business in today’s environment.
  • Maryland Unemployment Insurance Fund--The hottest manufacturing (and business in general) issue in the news today. Ron Adler. President-CEO, Laurdan Associates, Chairman, Maryland Chamber of Commerce's unemployment insurance subcommittee and a member of State of Maryland’s UI Oversight Committee will discuss this urgent problem facing manufacturing and provide updates on strategies for business..
  • Long term financing opportunities for manufacturers--SBA 504 Dennis Kleppick, Vice President, Business Finance Group (BFG). U. S. Small Business Administration’s 504 Loan. SBA loan funds can be used to purchase any fixed asset such as energy saving systems and solar panels that will "reduce energy costs or lower [a firm's] carbon footprint."
  • Technical Assistance for Manufacturers to Compete Globally--Bob Barazotto, Assistant Director of Mtech's Manufacturing Assistance Program. Find out how manufacturing benefits from the services offered by the University of Maryland Manufacturing Assistance program. Attention is given to energy conservation programs.
  • Approaching Energy Efficiency for Commercial and Residential Buildings--Eugene Swier, businessman, inventor, writer and author is LEED for Homes certified; augmenting his National certification as a Home Energy Reporting System (HERS) Energy Rater. He a nationally board-Certified Safety Professional (CSP) with a Construction Specialty which includes Industrial Hygiene (IH) aspects such as Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ).

Location: Loyola University Graduate Center, 2034 Greenspring Drive, Timonium, MD 21093
More information: www.whatsnextrmi.com

November 2, 8-10:30 a.m.: Meet the Press: Leading Journalists Speak on What's News, What's Not and Changes in the Media
Technology, faster news cycles, limited budgets and a host of other issues have impacted news organizations, both positively and negatively. So how do businesses and organizations doing good work, creating jobs, producing interesting products or services get the attention they want, and think they deserve? TCM has brought together a group of distinguished journalists that cover technology, biotech, telecommunications and general business issues to help explain what they cover, how they do it and educate us on the changing world of journalism.
Location: Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Road, Bethesda, MD 20852
More information: TCM event page

November 3, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.: PDS 100: Commercializing Technology Through the Power of IP Licensing
There is more emphasis now than ever before on commercialization, company formation and job creation from the billions of dollars invested annually in research and development at America's universities, government laboratories and small businesses.

Whether you are an entrepreneur in the making, a principal investigator or student (at any level) who wants a better grasp of the basics, or an aspiring technology transfer professional, this course will give you the tools you need to understand and participate effectively in the process of protecting IP and facilitating its commercialization.

If not, join us for this interactive one-day course for:

  • IP Basics: patents, trademarks, know-how, trade secrets and more
  • Smart strategies for creating, organizing, managing and securing IP assets
  • Bringing IP to market – Commercialization
  • Royalties and ideas for maximizing IP value and making money!
  • Interesting case studies and an interactive deal negotiation by participants

*All registered PDS 100 attendees receive complimentary admission to the Maryland Chapter's Annual "Piratical" networking reception aboard the USS Constellation in Baltimore's Inner Harbor! For more information go to: www.lesusacanada.org/md/nov
Location: University of Maryland BioPark, Life Sciences Conference Center, 801 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
More information: LES event page

November 4-6: 2009 Mid-Atlantic Bio Conference
The 2009 Mid-Atlantic Bio conference will bring together more than 850 national and international industry leaders, government representatives, executives, researchers, investors, entrepreneurs, and professional services firms, representing 30 states and 10 countries, in a unique forum to promote networking, business expansion, and technical-knowledge sharing. This year, the conference will feature a Healthcare Policy Panel. Experts will arm conference attendees with insider information that will refine their organization’s strategic planning based on recent federal health reform legislation, continuing impacts from the current economic environment, and the opportunity to benefit from federal stimulus funds.
Location: Washington, D.C. Convention Center
More information: Mid-Atlantic Bio Web site

November 5-6: Business Policy Conference
The Business Policy Conference is a great way for you and your employees to learn more about important public policy issues being debated in Maryland that impact your bottom line and our overall economy. Come to the Business Policy Conference to discuss health care reform, renewable energy, workplace regulation and civil liability issues with several hundred business leaders and key elected officials.
Location: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina, 100 Heron Blvd. at Route 50, Cambridge, MD 21613
More informaton: Maryland Chamber of Commerce event page

November 5, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.: TEDxMidAtlantic
Theme: The Power of Stories. Humans interpret the world through stories. Designers invent stories to help understand how people will use the things they create. Stories are at the heart of entertainment. Journalists compose stories that help us understand our world. And stories are often the key element of ideas that spread: we tell each other “great stories” about people, events, places and ideas. TEDxMidAtlantic #1 will explore how stories shape and infuse our lives with meaning, and how a good story can very often be the differentiator between an idea that spreads and those that do not. Our speakers have been asked to reflect on this theme and consider the stories inherent in their work. Speakers at TEDx MidAtlantic will feature many of the leading thinkers and doers in the MidAtlantic Region.
Location: Falvey Hall, MD Institue College of Art, 1301 Mount Royal Avenue Baltimore Maryland 21217
More information: TEDxMidAtlantic Web page

November 6, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.: 10th Annual CIO Forum: Web 2.0 and Beyond: Where Will the Internet Take us Next?
Featuring keynote speaker Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra; also featuring keynote speaker Paul de Sa, Chief Strategist, Federal Communications Commission.

How do technology and strategy executives navigate this new landscape? What does Web 2.0 mean for consumers and society? Join technology leaders from government, the healthcare industry and other sectors of the economy to discuss Web 2.0, its evolution, global impact and future. The new generation of Web 2.0 technologies, including social networking and online communities, is now squarely entrenched in the mainstream. These technologies are rapidly transforming the face of business and commerce, how government and public institutions engage with the citizenry, and how healthcare is managed, accessed, and delivered. From peer-to-peer lending, to online product reviews, to political campaigns orchestrated online, to virtual patient communities that allow consumers to manage their own health and well-being, examples of this transformation can be seen in every sector of the economy. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 allocated significant investments for a techno-centric economy of the future, though, despite their promise, they are not without risk. Businesses and policy-makers need to manage these technologies wisely to leverage their value and avoid pitfalls.

Location: Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004
More information: CIO Forum Web page

November 10, 1-4 p.m.: Cloud Computing
Cloud computing is changing the way IT services are delivered. The cloud is streamlining software and hardware business models and delivering services to your servers and desktops in real time. Instead of waiting weeks or months for software and hardware, companies are now receiving these items in days, hours, minutes or in real-time. Cloud computing is allowing companies to maximize performance, minimize cost and improve the scope of their work. The Cloud Computing Conference will bring together all of the major players in IT. They will include CIOs, CTOs and VPs of IT looking to learn the latest developments in Cloud Computing; infrastructure professionals, platform providers, application service providers, IT consultants and others looking to increase productivity and decrease cost for the IT equipment and programs their staffs need to be successful.

Location: Ronald Reagan International Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004
More information: TCM events page

November 12, 9-5:30 p.m.: University of Maryland Bioscience Research & Technology Review Day
Bioscience Research & Technology Review Day is a special event that features research talks, presentations, mini-symposia, and demonstrations by university scientists. The program provides a unique opportunity for executives and professionals in industry and government to:

  • Discover the most recent advances in bioscience and biotechnology at the University of Maryland
  • Promote the potential for academic-industry-government collaboration
  • Meet University scientists and interact with graduate student researchers
  • Network with colleagues who share an interest in the promotion of bioscience and the bioscience industry
  • Recruit employees and investigate job opportunities

Location: Stamp Student Union at the University of Maryland, College Park
More information: event Web site

November 13, 2-3:30 p.m.: TEDCO Funding Briefing
TEDCO Funding briefings provide detailed information about TEDCO’s primary funding programs for seed stage companies, including:

  • Fort Detrick Technology Transfer Initiative (FDTTI)
  • Maryland Technology Transfer Fund (MTTF)
  • TechStart
  • Johnson and Johnson Joint Investment Program
  • University Technology Development Fund (UTDF)
  • Working Capital Loan Fund (WCLF)
  • Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund (MSCRF)
  • Rural Business Initiative (RBI)
  • NAVAIR Technology Insertion (NAVTI) Initiative

Attendees will learn about eligibility requirements, proposal submission guidelines, review processes, award conditions, reporting requirements and payback (MTTF, UTDF, and WCLF only). These briefings should be of interest to economic development professionals, angel investors, entrepreneurs, small technology-based businesses, small defense contractors and university faculty inventors. Briefings are free, however registration is required.
Location: TEDCO, 5565 Sterrett Place Suite 214, Columbia, MD 21044
More information: TEDCO event page

November 17, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.: 2009 Maryland SBIR Conference
The Maryland 2009 SBIR Conference will feature:

  • Specifics on how reauthorization will affect your small business
  • Representatives from the major Federal SBIR/STTR agencies available for one-on-one counseling
  • Beginner track programming to help those new to SBIR both avoid proposal-writing pitfalls and assimilate the resources (people, lab space, expertise) needed to execute a successful Phase I project
  • Advanced track programming for experienced SBIR companies wanting to know more about the new government commercialization assistance programs and the logistics of commercializing via private means
  • Presentations by prominent members of the SBIR community and companies that have leveraged SBIR awards and made millions
  • Special Session for Economic Developers on the use of SBIR as a tool for technology-based economic development with special attention on how to build SBIR into the business strategy and funding stream of client companies

Location: Greenbelt Marriott, 6400 Ivy Lane, Greenbelt, MD, 20770
More information: TEDCO event page

November 17, 7:45 a.m.-4 p.m.: 3rd Annual Microsoft Government Contractor Summit: Powering Business Growth and Transformation in the Government Contractor Sector
At the Third Annual Microsoft Government Contractor Summit, you'll hear from government contractor business visionaries on what you should be doing now to prepare for the future. Presenters include Microsoft's leading business transformation speakers, senior executives at the most successful government contractors, and experts on the future of government contracting.
Location: Fairview Park Marriott, Falls Church, VA
More information: Microsoft event page



Mtech Sponsors
Mtech's venture programs work closely with organizations and persons, ranging from local entrepreneurs and angel investors to service providers and large corporations, who share a passion for starting and building ventures, as well as for training technologists to become founders. Mtech venture programs' valued 2008-2009 sponsors are Fish & Richardson P.C., Nixon Peabody LLP and the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO)
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