The 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 and Travel Information
The National Labs academy is from November 12–14, 2019, 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, we encourage participants to attend all three full days of the academy.
2019 Featured Speakers
Andrew Hargadon – Faculty Director, UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Joe DiNunzio – Executive Director, UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Roger Werne – Deputy Director of Industrial Partnerships, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Hannah Farquar – Market Research Analyst, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Greg Hitchan – Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Tri-Valley Ventures
Jim Kiles – Chairman and CEO, Ystrategies Corp.
Tristan Mahyera – Licensing Executive, Sandia National Laboratories
Joan Plastiras – Broker-Owner, Band of Angels
Quentin Vaughan - Assistant General Counsel, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Kurt Petersen – President, KP-MEMS
Elsie Quaite-Randall – CTTO, Innovation and Partnerships Office, Berkeley Lab
George Farquar – Founder and CTO, Buzzkill Labs
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:
- Tuesday, November 13, 3:30–5:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, November 14, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
If you are interested in serving as a mentor for participants at this academy—and/or at one of our other entrepreneurship academies—please register here.