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National Labs Entrepreneurship Academy

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.

Academy Agenda

Location, Dates and Travel Information

The National Labs academy is from November 6–8, 2018, 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.

2018 Featured Speakers


Andrew HargadonAndrew Hargadon – Faculty Director, UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Joe DinunzioJoe DiNunzio – Executive Director, UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Roger WerneRoger Werne – Deputy Director of Industrial Partnerships, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

CardwellBrandon Cardwell – Executive Director, i-GATE Innovation Hub

FarquarHannah Farquar – Market Research Analyst, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

HitchanGreg Hitchan – Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Tri-Valley Ventures

Jim KilesJim Kiles – Chairman and CEO, Ystrategies Corp.

MahyeraTristan Mahyera – Licensing Executive, Sandia National Laboratories

McWilliamsTom McWilliams – Startup Consultant

PlastirasJoan Plastiras – Broker-Owner, Band of Angels

RankinRich Rankin – Director of Industrial Partnerships, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

VaughanQuentin Vaughan - Assistant General Counsel, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

NorthrupAllen Northrup – CEO, MIODx Inc. 

ColstonBill Colston – CEO, HealthTell

SchmidtLes Schmidt – Executive Director, Bishop Ranch Intelligence Innovation Accelerator

AnanthaAnantha Krishnan – Associate Laboratory Director for Engineering, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Congwang YeCongwang Ye - Research and Development Engineer, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Yongqin JiaoYongqin Jiao – Staff Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Robert PanasRobert Panas – Research Engineer, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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, November 6, 3:30–5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 7, 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 email Niki Peterson.

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