News ItemJanuary 2016 Park Post
NEW COMPANIES & ORGANIZATIONS IN THE SS&TP – Qynergy Corporation is a company that identifies, vets, and selects ideas with strong technology transfer potential. Innovative Reasoning (IR) is a government support company specializing in logistics, training, human performance, acquisitions, and procurement. Technology Leadership High School (TLHS) is a public charter school that implements project-based learning that develops future leaders in the technology fields. Stone Lion Environmental is a multi-faceted company managing a wide range of elements of Environmental Science and Environmental Restoration.
STATE SS&TP VISITS – New Mexico Representative Jim Dines was given a tour of the SS&TP and an overview of the New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) Program. New Mexico State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn visited the SS&TP for a briefing and to discuss the available NM State Land Office sites in the Park.
TEAM Technologies, an advanced engineering and manufacturing company in the SS&TP, has expanded its business model to serve as an accelerator for technology companies.
Javier Saade, Associate Administrator at the Office of Investment and Innovation from the U.S. Small Business Administration, visited Sandia and the SS&TP to hear from several small businesses on how they are utilizing multiple Sandia Partnership programs to help their companies grow.
MOOG, Inc. hosted a Company Leadership Luncheon for Park executives to network directly with other Park leaders and meet new companies who have moved into the SS&TP.
The FY2014 Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB) Economic Impact Report was presented to the public to provide information about the resources and economic impact of KAFB on the surrounding community. New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez recognized the base’s contribution to the state’s economy.
The annual SS&TP Company Leadership & Partner Picnic was held to thank leaders and community partners for their ongoing leadership and support of the Park.
Manufacturing Day at the SS&TP had Air Products & Chemicals, TEAM Technologies, and The QC Group host a private tour of their facilities for 50 enthusiastic students from the Technology Leadership High School for “Manufacturing Day”, sponsored by the New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership (New Mexico MEP).
U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM), U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), and Jetta Wong, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Director for Technology Transitions, visited Sandia for a Technology Transfer Roundtable discussion about enhancing technology transfer and creating jobs to strengthen the New Mexico economy.
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The SS&TP/C3 Community Advisory Council convened for its annual meeting to provide advice and guidance on the C3 initiative and activities.
The Entrepreneur Exploration Program was launched to invigorate and inspire entrepreneurship at Sandia. Speakers Gary Oppedahl from the City of Albuquerque’s Economic Development Department and John Freisinger from Technology Ventures Corporation (TVC) presented the various resources available to the Sandia entrepreneur.
Technology Ventures Corporation (TVC) conducted Entrepreneur Training sessions focused on providing fundamental groundwork for technology commercialization.
U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) introduced the Microlab Technology Commercialization Act of 2015, a bill to accelerate technology transfer by establishing off-campus microlabs that would serve as the “front-door” to national laboratories.
Entrepreneur Office Hours are informal gatherings for those who are interested in technology commercialization. Many business experts, serial entrepreneurs, and organizations including Qynergy Corporation, New Mexico Angels, Sandia’s Licensing Department, New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) Program, pitch expert Pat McNamara, Luis Ortiz from Ortiz & Lopez PLLC, Hautepreneurs®, WESST, ACCION, TVC, and SCORE volunteered time to provide free advice and expertise for startups.
Entrepreneur Roundtables are structured presentations with more focused topics and discussions for those who are interested in technology commercialization. Presenter ABQid provided an introduction to the Lean Startup methodology and overview of the ABQid Accelerator Program; Rob Leland, Sandia Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, discussed his vision for Sandia entrepreneurs; former and current Sandians shared their entrepreneurial successes; CNM’s Kauffman Foundation Entrepreneurial Mindset Program (EMP) explained the fundamental aspects of developing an entrepreneurial mindset and introduced the STEMulus Center; and Katie Szczepaniak Rice, Senior Associate at EPIC Ventures, focused on early stage technology investments, the funding process, and common pitfalls and traps startups fall into and how to avoid them.
Entrepreneur Bootcamps are workshops for those who are interested in technology commercialization. At the first session, participants learned the fundamentals of the Lean Startup methodology, while working alongside entrepreneur mentors, selected by ABQid, to outline their business model.
The C3 Holiday Startup Social and celebration of innobright’s new product launch brought together entrepreneurs, investors, marketers, startups, and professionals to celebrate and enjoy being a part of Albuquerque’s dynamic startup ecosystem.