2017 TransTech Energy Business Development Conference Agenda

Hilton Garden Inn – Southpointe, Canonsburg, PA
October 24-25, 2017


Tuesday October 24


9:00-11:30Registration and Exhibit Setup
11:30-1:00 Welcome to the Conference Luncheon -
Featured Speakers - Honoring Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Industry Partners

1:00-1:30Introduction of National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) Program Managers
1:30-3:00 Achieve Your Goals through Partnering - Sponsored and Introduced by NETL - One-On-One Conversations with Key Enabling Organizations -
National Energy Technology Laboratory, U.S. DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office, Innovation Works, Angel Capital Group, TechGrowth Ohio, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, Flagship Ventures, Rain Source Capital, WV Jobs Investment Trust, Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition, TechConnect WV, General Electric R&D, Rockwell Automation, Autodesk, EQT, Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Manufacturing, Bailey Glasser Law, Webb Law, KeyLogic, Rockwell International, Allegheny Science and Technology, WV SBDC, and more!

3:00-4:30 Pitch Session 1*
4:30-5:30From World-Class Research to Real World Jobs: Commercializing Technologies from Regional Universities - Energy Center Directors from Case Western Reserve University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, and West Virginia University
5:30-7:00Link-Up and Learn! Conference Reception - Conversations with TTE Innovators and Entrepreneurs - Exhibits, Demos, and Posters on Topics such as:

  • Emerging Innovations from NETL, CMU, CWRU, Pitt and WVU Research Labs
    • TransTech Energy Start-Ups and Commercializable Projects
      • 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!
7:00-8:30Conference Dinner and keynote Session

Featured Speaker/Panelists - Investors Advice on Building a Next-Generation Regional Energy Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Wednesday October 25


7:30-8:15Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:15-8:30Welcome to Day 2 of the TTE Conference
8:30-10:00 Pitch Session 2*

10:00-10:30 Break
10:30-12:00 Pitch Session 3*
12:00-1:30 Conference Luncheon
Featured Speakers - Innovations Needed in Smart Advanced Manufacturing:
1:30 - 3:00Pitch Session 4*
3:15-3:45 Finalist Pitch Session***
3:45-4:15 Awards Reception
4:15-5:00Recognition of Awardees - Reception continues
5:00 Closing Comments and Adjournment
*Pitch Session Format:
  • Each Pitch session will have six pitches by start-up companies and commercializable projects
  • 15 minutes per presentation/Q & A, including 2 minutes for judges scoring and comments
  • Part 1 of pitch - 6 minutes – uninterrupted
  • Part 2 of pitch - 6 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 all pitches in their session to nominate up to three finalists from the session

**Finalists Pitch Session Format:
  • Four to twelve finalists
  • Each finalist makes a two-minute pitch (without PowerPoint slides!) to pitch session judges – no follow-up Q & A
  • Judges convene privately to nominate the top five presenters/companies for consideration of monetary and TA awards