2017 TransTech Energy Business Development Conference Agenda

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


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

12:15-2:30Meet and Greet - Ten Minute 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
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

2:30-3:30 Pitch Session 1*
3:30-4:30Panel Discussion on Strategies for Creating Innovation/Entrepreneurship Districts

4:30-6:00Pitch Session 2*
6:00-7:15Link-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!
7:15-9:00Conference Dinner and Keynote Session

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*
10:00-10:45Featured Speaker - Update on Digital Transformation and Industry 4.0
11:00-12:30Pitch Session 4*
12:30-1:00 Networking Luncheon and Announcement of Finalists

1:00-1:45 Finalist Pitch Session***
1:45-2:30Featured Speaker/Panelists with Insights on What VC's, Angels, and Industry Partners are Supporting
2:30-3:00Awardees Reception
3:00-4:00Recognition of awardees - Reception continues
4:00 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 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