The three-day National Labs Entrepreneurship Academy is the premier academic program for commercializing science and engineering innovations coming out of Lawrence Livermore National Lab (LLNL), Sandia National Labs (SNL) and Los Alamos National Lab (LANL). It is intended for employees of the National Labs, and is a springboard for moving research out of the lab and into the world.
The academy is taught by university faculty, investors, entrepreneurs and industry experts who serve as mentors and guest speakers. Participants gain the knowledge and network-building skills needed to develop the commercial potential of their research or idea.
The academy includes:
- An intensive opportunity to explore the market opportunities surrounding your ideas and your research.
- Daily seminars and interactive sessions taught by leading investors, industry executives and entrepreneurs.
- The tools to communicate the broader potential of your research.
- Evening mentoring sessions with industry executives and investors.
Location, Dates & Travel Information
The next National Labs academy is planned for October 10-12, 2017, at the San Ramon Campus of the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, located at:
Bishop Ranch Business Park
12647 Alcosta Blvd., Suite 190
San Ramon, CA 94583
Continental breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided daily. Lodging and transportation are the participants’ responsibility.
To obtain maximum benefit from the program curriculum, participants are encouraged to attend all three full days of the academy.
2016 Featured Speakers
Speakers for the October 2017 academy will be added as they are confirmed.
Michael Sharer – Founder, Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Thomas McWilliams – CEO, CTO, VP, Engineering, Thomas M. McWilliams Consulting
Richard A. Rankin – Director, Industrial Partnerships Office; Interim Director, Economic Development Office, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Roger Werne – Deputy Director of Industrial Partnerships, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Andrew Hargadon – Faculty Director, UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Ian Hlatky – Associate, DLA Piper LLP
Tania Ryan – DoD Technologies Program/NIF & Photon Science Directorate, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Jeff Koplow – Research Scientist/Engineer, Sandia National Laboratories
David Richardson – Partner, DLA Piper LLP (US)
Michael Stadermann – Chemist/Materials Researcher, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Cleveland Justis – Executive Director, UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Arthur Kariya – Senior Member, Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories
Shirley Gee – Founder/Managing Partner, Angel Plus LLC
Frank Kavanaugh – Managing Director, Fort Ashford
Jim Kiles – Managing Director, GroundControl Solutions Inc.
Chuk Campos – Founder, Oasis Innovation Center
Brandon Cardwell – Executive Director, i-GATE Innovation Hub
Wayne Staats – Senior Member of Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories
Call for Mentors
An integral part of the academy experience is the opportunity for participants to engage with industry professionals in two evenings. NLEA mentoring sessions are planned for:
- Wednesday, October 11, 3:30–5:30 p.m.
- Thursday, October 12, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
If you are interested in serving as a mentor for National Labs participants during one or both mentoring sessions, please apply.