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 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 Farquar – Market Research Analyst, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Thomas McWilliams – CEO, CTO, VP, Engineering, Thomas M. McWilliams Consulting
Tristan J. Mahyera – Licensing Executive, Sandia National Laboratories
Roger Werne – Deputy Director of Industrial Partnerships, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Andrew Hargadon – Faculty Director, UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Brandon Cardwell – Executive Director, i-GATE Innovation Hub
Shirley Gee – Founder/Managing Partner, Angel Plus LLC
Cleveland Justis – Executive Director, UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Robert Panas – Research Engineer, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
David Richardson – Partner, DLA Piper
Jim Kiles – Chairman/CEO, Ystrategies Corp.
Robert Tillman – Founder/President/CEO, RRT Partners LLC
Phil Rettger – Co-founder/CEO, Aetherix Corp.
Congwang Ye – Postdoctoral Research Staff, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Gregory Hitchan – Co-Founder/Managing Partner, Tri-Valley Ventures
Nicholas Colella - Senior Vice President, Intermolecular, Inc.
Bruce 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 >