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Tennessee Innovation Conference and Venture Showcase – A Glimpse into the State’s Future

April 9, 2010 Leave a comment

Scientists, entrepreneurs, VC’s and Tennessee economic development officials meetup in Nashville on May 10/11, 2010 to showcase technologies, b-plans and business-assistance organizations to help foster entrepreneurial growth in the state. [read more]

Program Agenda [pdf]
Tennessee Technology Development Corporation [website]

Innovation and Investors Will Converge at U.Va. for Second Annual Venture Summit

March 21, 2010 Leave a comment

The University of Virginia, which last year hosted a summit that brought together venture capitalists representing nearly $20 billion in active capital funds, will hold its Second Annual Venture Summit on March 25 and 26.

Among the guests will be Sen. Mark R. Warner, D-Va., a former governor, entrepreneur and investor; and U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello, D-Charlottesville.

A panel of prominent venture capitalists will offer a “window on the future” of technology investing. J. Stephan Dolezalek of VantagePoint Venture Partners will lead the panel in discussing the innovation expected to produce significant economic and social gains in the clean tech, biotechnology and information technology industries.

Panelists also include leading venture capitalists A.G.W. “Jack” Biddle III of Novak Biddle Venture Partners, J. Sanford “Sandy” Miller of Institutional Venture Partners and Robert Paull of Lux Capital, as well as Frank Levinson, experienced entrepreneur and founder of Small World Group. A founding partner in the U.Va. Venture Summit, Chuck Newhall of New Enterprise Associates, who is regarded as one of the visionary creators of the U.S. venture capital industry, will also participate in the summit. [more]

UVa Venture Summit [website]
UVa Startups [website]

Texas Tech Researchers to Present New Technologies and Inventions

March 5, 2010 Leave a comment

Four researchers have been selected to showcase their expertise to venture capitalists and license partners in Arlington March 16-17.

“This is an excellent opportunity to highlight some of Texas Tech’s most promising technologies,” said Amber Dean, associate managing director of the Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC). “Some of the nation’s largest companies and investment firms attend this event each year in search of new investment ideas. We want to help them understand the market potential of these technologies and work with them to develop commercial market applications.”  [more]

U. of Minn to Showcase Techs, Target Potential Investors/Licensees

March 4, 2010 Leave a comment

“The University of Minnesota will present many of its developed technologies to the public Thursday in a showcase at the University Enterprise Laboratories facility in St. Paul.

The Office of Technology Commercialization will hold the Life Sciences Showcase, which is a first for the OTC and will feature about 12 technologies developed by researchers in the life science field.

The showcase, which begins at 7:30 a.m., intends to inform the public not only about startup technologies at the University but also technology it plans to license to larger companies already involved in the industry of life sciences, said Doug Johnson, director of the Venture Center at the OTC. [more]