2018 TransTech Energy Business Development Conference Agenda

Hilton Garden Inn – Southpointe, Canonsburg, PA
October 23-24, 2018


Tuesday October 23


9:00-11:30Registration and Exhibit Setup
10:00-11:30Pre-Conference Workshop on Access to Capital and Financing for Start-Up Companies
11:30-12:15 Welcome to the Conference Luncheon

12:15-2:00Meet and Greet - Ten Minute One-on-One Conversations to: Launch a Company, Fund a Project, Find a Partner, Share Your Wild Idea, Ask a Question, Make Good Things Happen!
NETL Technology Managers: Advanced Combustion, Advanced Turbines, Carbon Capture, Carbon Storage, Crosscutting Research, Fuel Cells, Fuels and Gasification, Onshore Oil & Gas, Rare Earth Elements
ARPA-E Program Managers:
EERE Program Managers:
Investors: Angel Capital Group, Blue Tree Venture Fund, Innovation Works, JumpStart Inc., Mountain State Capital, Rain Source Capital, TechGrowth Ohio, WV Jobs Investment Trust Industry Partners: EQT, KeyLogic, Rockwell Automation
Tech-Based Economic Development: Allegheny Science and Technology, Chemical Alliance Zone of WV, TechConnect WV, WV Development Office, WV Small Business Development Center
Legal Assistance: Bailey Glasser Law, Webb Law

2:00-3:30 Pitch Session 1*
3:30-4:30Insights on What VC's, Angels, and Industry Partners are Funding Nowadays

4:30-6:00Pitch Session 2*
6:00-7:15Link-Up and Learn! Conference Reception - Exhibits, Demos, and Posters on Topics such as:

  • Emerging Innovations from NETL, CMU, CWRU, Pitt and WVU Research Labs
    • TransTech Energy Pitch Presenters Poster Session
      • Student Entrepreneurs Poster Session

      • CO2 Reduction and Utilization
        • Sensors and Controls
          • Robotics
            • Energy Storage and Grid Technologies
              • Advanced Manufacturing
                • Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
                  • Water Monitoring and Treatment
                    • Advanced Materials
                      • Bio-fuels and Products
                        • Engines, Compressors, and Vehicles
                          • and more!
7:15-9:00Conference Dinner with Keynote Session organized and moderated by Dr. Mark A. Johnson, Director, Center for Advanced Manufacturing
Connecting Technology Innovation with Entrepreneurs in Traditional Manufacturing Communities

In an era of low cost, ubiquitous bandwidth, global connectedness, abundant energy resources, and thriving innovation districts scattered around the country, how can innovators and entrepreneurs in traditional manufacturing communities drive much needed economic growth?

Wednesday October 24


7:30-8:15Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:15-8:30Welcome to Day 2 of the Conference
8:30-10:00 Pitch Session 3*
10:00-10:45Plenary Presentation by Lance Fountaine, Senior Director of Business Intelligence, Cargill Corporation: How IoT and Digital Manufacturing are Changing Innovation and Driving Industry Forward
11:00-12:30Pitch Session 4*
12:30-1:00 Networking Luncheon and Announcement of Finalists

1:00-1:30 Finalist Pitch Session***
1:30-2:00Coffee, Cake and Conversations (C3!) with Pitch Presenters
2:00-2:30Awardees Reception
2:30-3:00Recognition of Awardees
3:00 Adjourn the 7th TransTech Energy Business Development Conference
*Pitch Session Format:
  • Each Pitch session will have up to five pitches by start-up companies and commercializable projects
  • 18 minutes per presentation/Q & A, including 2 minutes for judges scoring and comments
  • Part 1 of pitch - 8 minutes – uninterrupted
  • Part 2 of pitch - 7 minutes – interactive Q & A with pitch session judges
  • 1 minute – wrap-up by the presenter
  • 2 minutes – judges write scores and comments on pitch; next presenter comes forward
  • Judges convene immediately after their pitch session is completed to nominate up to three start-up company finalists.

**Finalists Pitch Session Format:
  • Four to twelve finalists
  • Each finalist makes a two-minute pitch - no PowerPoint Slides or follow-up Q&A!
  • Judges for the Finalist Pitch Session convene privately to nominate the top five presenters/companies for consideration of monetary and TA awards