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Mtech News, Opportunities and Events
October 30, 2009

News

  • Carolyn Karlson Named Director of Hillman Entrepreneurs
  • Maryland International Incubator Opens with Foreign High-Tech Tenants
  • University of Maryland Technology Start-Up Boot Camp: More than 600 Registrants, Baltimore Sun Coverage, Videos and Slides Available Soon

Opportunities

  • 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

  • November 10: Free, Open Entrepreneur Office Hours for University of Maryland Students, Faculty and Staff, and Regional Entrepreneurs with Tech-Based Startups or Ideas
  • November 13: Mtech Market Research Workshop

Partner and Other Events

  • 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: "Moving Forward with the Nuclear Renaissance in the United States," by George Vanderheyden, UniStar Nuclear Energy, LLC
  • November 5: TEDxMidAtlantic
  • November 6: 10th Annual CIO Forum: Web 2.0 and Beyond: Where Will the Internet Take us Next?
  • November 6: Pitch Dingman
  • November 10: Cloud Computing
  • November 12: University of Maryland Bioscience Research & Technology Review Day
  • November 12: MITEF Rockville Launch: Startup Lab - B2B Social Networking
  • November 13: TEDCO Funding Briefing
  • November 16: TechCelebration: NVTC’s Annual Banquet
  • November 17: 2009 Maryland SBIR Conference
  • November 17: 3rd Annual Microsoft Government Contractor Summit: Powering Business Growth and Transformation in the Government Contractor Sector
  • November 19: "Entrepreneurial Leadership in the New Economy," by S. Tien Wong, Opus8, Inc.
  • November 19: Entrepreneurship Speaker Series - Cost of Capital: Funding in a Down Economy
  • November 20: GBTC 101
  • December 2: TECHknowledge Speaker Series - Chris Hughes, Co-Founder of Facebook
  • December 15: TCM Fifth Annual Holiday Networking Celebration

Mtech venture programs' valued 2009-2010 sponsors are Fish & Richardson P.C. and Nixon Peabody LLP.

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News


Carolyn Karlson Named Director of Hillman Entrepreneurs
The University of Maryland's Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute, or Mtech, announced that Carolyn Boulger Karlson, Ph.D., has joined the institute as the new director of the Hillman Entrepreneurs Program, an innovative educational initiative that fosters entrepreneurship and community leadership in transfer students who begin their study at Prince George's Community College and complete their bachelor's degrees at the University of Maryland.

Karlson joins Mtech from the College of Notre Dame in Baltimore, Md., where she spent the past four years as the dean of graduate studies. Karlson has also taught at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. More»

Maryland International Incubator Opens with Foreign High-Tech Tenants
The new Maryland International Incubator has opened for business in College Park, adjacent to the University of Maryland campus, with seven foreign high-technology companies as tenants and others in the pipeline.

A joint project of the University of Maryland and the state Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED), the Incubator is designed to spur economic growth, bring foreign investment to Maryland and ultimately create jobs in the state. The incubator is a program in the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech). More»

University of Maryland Technology Start-Up Boot Camp: More than 600 Registrants, Baltimore Sun Coverage, Videos and Slides Available Soon
The University of Maryland Technology Start-Up Boot Camp, held Oct. 23, drew more than 600 registrants! The Baltimore Sun's Gus G. Sentementes blogged from the event and wrote a story for the Oct. 24 print edition. He also summarized VentureAccelerator Director Jim Chung's "9 common mistakes to avoid as a startup" on his blog. Video and slides from the event will be available at www.bootcamp.umd.edu next week.


Opportunities

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


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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November 13, noon-1p.m.: Mtech Market Research Workshop
Created especially for UM faculty and students, this workshop is open to anyone, including persons interested in entering the UM $75K Business Plan Competition. Don't miss this informative workshop presented by Dr. Dean Chang, Director of Mtech's Venture and Entrepreneurship Education Programs.

What separates just an idea from a great venture concept? First and foremost is a good understanding of the market for that concept. In this workshop, we will give you working examples of where to find free, valuable, and essential information to validate whether there's a market for your idea and help you answer questions like:

  • How big is the market for my venture concept and what are the industry trends?
  • Who is my primary competition, what is their business model, and what is their market share?
  • What sources of market research are available to me?

Please register to attend at http://bpc.umd.edu/mr_workshop.html


Partner and Other Events


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, 4:30 p.m.: "Moving Forward with the Nuclear Renaissance in the United States," by George Vanderheyden, UniStar Nuclear Energy, LLC
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 set the stage for the renaissance of nuclear energy in the United States. A small group of companies have emerged as the front runners on the leading edge of what will be some of the largest and most complex projects in recent U.S. history.

UniStar Nuclear Energy is driving forward with its business model of building a fleet of advanced nuclear technology facilities while managing the ever-changing risks of doing business in 2009. The obstacles and opportunities of being on the leading edge of the nuclear curve will be illustrated as well as the benefits of new nuclear in the United States.
Location: Room 1110 Kim Engineering Building, University of Maryland
More information: Clark School of Engineering 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 6, 11 a.m.-1 p,m.: Pitch Dingman
Do you have a good idea for a venture but need some help from the experts to transform it into a thriving business? Pitch Dingman is a great program for UMD students who want to explore the opportunity to own and operate their own business. The first three Fridays of the month, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., the Dingman Center team makes its professional investment staff and Entrepreneurs in Residence available to hear and evaluate new business ideas. Students give a short (3-5 minute) "pitch" or a persuasive overview of their idea and we provide actionable feedback based upon The Dingman Process. On the last Friday of the month, students can compete for $2,500 in start-up funding at the Pitch Dingman Competition. If you’re interested, bring your "A" game and a polished pitch. Not ready to compete? Attend one of the competitions to see how other students do it.
Location: 3570 Van Munching Hall (Smith School of Business)
Sign up: PitchDingman@rhsmith.umd.edu

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
The 10th Annual Bioscience Research and Technology Review Day on November 12, 2009 will feature a variety of special presentations on the theme of the Human and Biological Consequences of Climate Change. Learn about the impact that climate change is having on all living organisms - from bacteria to birds, from flu to frogs, and from polar bears to people.

Thomas Lovejoy, one of the leading conservation biologists in the world, known for founding the PBS show Nature, will give the keynote address. Other highlights include an internship and career fair, a poster session showcasing cutting edge University of Maryland research, and the 3rd Annual Professor Venture Fair, which gives faculty inventors the opportunity to pitch new technologies to a team of five venture capitalists and entrepreneurs who judge them based on commercial viability. This event is free and open to the public.
Location: Stamp Student Union at the University of Maryland, College Park
More information: event Web site

November 12, 6:30-9 p.m.: MITEF Rockville Launch: Startup Lab - B2B Social Networking
This is MITEF’s inaugural public event in suburban Maryland. We are partnering with Rockville Economic Development, Inc. (REDI) to combine our resources in support of the large entrepreneurial community in Maryland. We have selected Unyos, LLC as our first company to present in the Rockville area. Unyos is a software business offering solutions in B2B communication and social networking.
Location: 9600 Gudelsky Dr., Rockville, MD 20850
More information: MITEF event page

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 16, 5:30 p.m.: TechCelebration: NVTC’s Annual Banquet
f you have been to TechCelebration, you know that our annual banquet is the best networking event for the tech community in town! Don't miss the opportunity to make new business connections, rekindle old ones and see old friends at NVTC's Annual Banquet. We are delighted that this year's annual banquet will feature General George W. Casey, Jr., Chief of Staff of the Army and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The Honorable Tim Kaine, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, will receive NVTC's prestigious Chairman's Award. Presenting the award to Governor Kaine will be Senator Mark Warner and NVTC Board Chair Donna Morea, President of CGI. NVTC is also pleased to announce a new award designed to honor area technology companies who are making an impact on our region through top-notch green practices The first NVTC Green Award will be presented at TechCelebration.
Location: The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner, 1700 Tysons Blvd., McLean, VA
More information: NVTC event page

November 17, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.: 2009 Maryland SBIR Conference
Position your small business to commercialize its SBIR technology faster than the competition by understanding how to incorporate a client-centered R&D approach through each stage of your SBIR!

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

November 19. 4:30 p.m.: "Entrepreneurial Leadership in the New Economy," by S. Tien Wong, Opus8, Inc.
Serial entrepreneur and private investor S .Tien Wong will present his thoughts on what it will take to succeed in the new economy. The business and economic climates have radically changed in the past 18 months. Business is as challenging and competitive as ever, capital is scarce, and customers are more demanding. What does this mean for entrepreneurs and future leaders? Wong will draw on his experience as Founder and CEO of one of the world's largest customer relationship management (CRM) companies, as well as his experience in investing in and acquiring business services and technology companies. Topics will include the changing nature of customer service, private equity, IT and the emergence of China as a powerhouse, and how these trends may alter the way we need to conduct business and train our future business leaders.
Location: Room 1110 Kim Engineering Building, University of Maryland
More information: Clark School of Engineering event page

November 19, 8:30-10:30 a.m.: Entrepreneurship Speaker Series - Cost of Capital: Funding in a Down Economy
Businesses poised for next-stage growth often turn to angel and mezzanine financing in addition to commercial banks. The long-term success of your business in large part hinges not just on obtaining capital but understanding how these vehicles impact your equity, assets and operations. Join this expert panel for a frank exploration of growth and its true cost of capital to your organization in today’s challenging economy. This panel discussion will be moderated by Newt Fowler, Lead - Business Transactions, Rosenberg Martin Greeberg LLP. Panelists will include: Rick Faint, Managing Principal, Evergreen Capital LLC; Paul Mauritz, Vice President, e.magination network, llc; Dave Troy, Founder, Roundhouse Technologies and Baltimore Angels; and David Wooding, SVP, The Columbia Bank.
Location: University of Baltimore, William H. Thumel Sr. Business Center, M. Scot Kaufman Auditorium, 11 W. Mt. Royal Ave., Baltimore, MD 21201
More information: event page

November 20, 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

December 2, 8-10:30 a.m.: TECHknowledge Speaker Series - Chris Hughes, Co-Founder of Facebook
TCM is excited to announce that Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook and developer of My.BarackObama.com, will kick off our brand new Executive Speaker Series. Chris Hughes is the co-founder of Facebook and developer of My.BarackObama.com – two of the most successful start-ups in modern history. He has spent his career developing technologies to make social communication and political organizing easier and more efficient. Chris is now an Entrepreneur in Residence at General Catalyst Partners, a venture capital firm that invests in entrepreneurs who are building the technology-based companies that will lead innovation and transform industries.
Location: Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Road, Bethesda, MD 20852

More information: TCM events page

December 15, 6-8 p.m.: TCM Fifth Annual Holiday Networking Celebration
Register now to attend our Fifth Annual Holiday Networking Celebration on Tuesday, December 15 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.! Each year we bring you the most high-profile holiday networking event featuring: Absolutely no speeches! Just uninterrupted networking time. A who’s who of the elite from the Maryland biotechnology and technology community. Open bar and great food in a larger venue. Free parking. The area’s Best Night of Holiday Networking! The dress is business attire.
Location: Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Road, Bethesda, MD 20852
More information: TCM events page


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