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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 and 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.

2017 Featured Speakers

We will add speakers as they are confirmed.

Hannah FarquarHannah Farquar – Market Research Analyst, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Tom McWilliamsThomas McWilliams – CEO, CTO, VP, Engineering, Thomas M. McWilliams Consulting

Tristan MahyeraTristan J. Mahyera – Licensing Executive, Sandia National Laboratories

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

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

Brandon CardwellBrandon Cardwell – Executive Director, i-GATE Innovation Hub

Shirley GeeShirley Gee – Founder/Managing Partner, Angel Plus LLC

Cleve JustisCleveland Justis – Executive Director, UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Bob PanasRobert Panas – Research Engineer, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

David RichardsonDavid Richardson – Partner, DLA Piper

Jim KilesJim Kiles – Chairman/CEO, Ystrategies Corp.

 Bob TillmanRobert Tillman – Founder/President/CEO, RRT Partners LLC

Phil RettgerPhil Rettger – Co-founder/CEO, Aetherix Corp.

Congwang YeCongwang Ye – Postdoctoral Research Staff, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Gregory HitchanGregory Hitchan – Co-Founder/Managing Partner, Tri-Valley Ventures

Nicholas ColellaNicholas Colella - Senior Vice President, Intermolecular, Inc.

Bruce HendricksonBruce Hendrickson – Associate Director for Computation, 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, 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 click here to apply >

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