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National Labs Entrepreneurship Academy – New Mexico

The three-day National Labs Entrepreneurship Academy is the premier academic program for commercializing science and engineering innovations coming out of Sandia National Labs (SNL)Los Alamos National Lab (LANL), Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), and New Mexico Tech. Intended for participants from each sponsoring entity, the academy is a springboard to move 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 ideas and research.
  • Evening mentoring sessions with industry executives and investors.

Draft Academy Program

Location, Dates and Travel Information

This academy is planned for August 9-11, 2018, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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 – Interim Executive Director, UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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

OwensCandice Owens – Co-Founder and Partner, Blackgarden Law

McDanielHunter McDaniel – Founder and CEO, UbiQD Inc.

GardenswartzSeth Gardenswartz – Co-Founder and Partner, Blackgarden Law

Murat OkandaMurat Okandan – CEO and CTO,  mPower Technology Inc. 

Barbara BrazilBarbara Brazil – New Mexico Economic Development

Eric Renz-WhitmoreEric Renz-Whitmore – Entrepreneur Development Manager, City of Albuquerque

Grace BrillGrace Brill – Principal, Market Intelligence Solutions LLC

T.J. CookT.J. Cook – Executive Director, ABQid

Kramer WininghamKramer Winingham – Program Director, NMSU Arrowhead Center

John EllingJohn Elling – General Partner, Phase One Ventures

Bob WesterveltBob Westervelt - Licensing Executive, Sandia National Laboratories  

Tim KeltonTim Kelton – Co-founder, Head of SRE, Security and Cloud Operations, Descartes Labs

Kathleen McDonaldKathleen McDonald – Los Alamos National Laboratory

Dorian RaderDorian Rader – Managing Partner, NMA Ventures

Rob DelCampoRob DelCampo – Executive Director, UNM Innovation Academy

Peter Anselmo – Associate Professor, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Call for Mentors

An integral part of the academy experience is the opportunity for participants to engage with industry professionals in two evenings.

If you are interested in serving as a mentor for participants at this academy, please email Niki Peterson.

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