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National Labs Entrepreneurship Academy

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.

Academy Agenda

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.

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National Labs Entrepreneurship Academy

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