Friday, October 23, 2009

Tech Demo Show Call for Exhibitors


The MIT Enterprise Forum NW is pleased to announce it is partnering with all six of the area’s angel organizations to host the Northwest Startup DEMO – Fall 2009. This partnership is the first of its kind in our area, and represents a truly unique and valuable opportunity for all. Partner organizations are the Alliance of Angels, Keiretsu Forum, Puget Sound Venture Club, Seraph, TacomaAngel Network and Zino Society.

The companies selected to present will be able to DEMO their product or service to all these organizations and more at one time – for FREE!

Judges for the event will include representatives from the angel organizations, as well as VCs and the media.

Northwest Startup DEMO – Fall 2009 provides you with an unprecedented opportunity for exposure that can be leveraged to take your company to the next level.

How to apply
Email a one-page summary describing your company and product or service to Edward Hansen by November 13th. Please note that this is a DEMO event, not a financing pitch. Therefore we ask that you adjust your one-page summary accordingly by telling us why it will be a great DEMO.
Based on your submissions, 10 to 12 companies will be selected to present to our screening committee on November 19th. From there, the committee will select the companies that will demo their product or service at the Northwest Startup DEMO - Fall 2009 event to be held on December 10th.

Click here for more entry details. They look forward to receiving your applications!

Questions? Contact JaRon Snow or (425) 771-4790

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Kudos for Tech-Based Economic Development

Washington Technology Center was named one of six recipients of The State Science and Technology Institute's 2009 Excellence in TBED awards for initiating successful programs to sustain the nation's position as a global leader for innovation and competitiveness.

WTC's Research and Technology Development (RTD) Program was honored as a best-practice model for demonstrating leadership and meaningful impact to state and regional economies.

The WTC has assisted state companies over 17 years. Impressively, the RTD Program's more than 330 funded projects have resulted in almost a half-billion dollars in follow-on support from private and federal sources.

WTC awards $1 million in applied research funding each year to teams comprised of companies and researchers in the state of Washington.

About SSTI: The State Science and Technology Institute is a national nonprofit organization that leads, supports and strengthens efforts to improve state and regional economies through science, technology and innovation.

About WTC: Washington Technology Center channels state, federal, and private resources to help companies develop and commercialize new products and technologies. For more information how Washington Technology Center can help research and development projects succeed, call 206-685-1920.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

SST 2009 Conference First Panel Confirmed

Andrew Fry, in a catch-up meeting this afternoon, announced the first panel is complete for the upcoming SST 2009 Conference.

Panel One: Entrepreneurship in the South Sound - Creating Connections

Brian Forth, SiteCrafting
Graham Evans, Washington Technology Center
John Dimmer - TacomaAngel Network representative
Derek Young, Seasonal View LLC
Mark Briggs, Serra Media

As an addition to keynote speaker, Richard Purcell, and an anticipated second panel and/or additional conference features, Andrew is pulling together another gem.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Not Going Without Wireless at SST

The SST 2009 conference has a commitment from the University of Washington Tacoma to provide 50 free guest wireless access during the conference. Probably will be a first come..., so get your registration at the front of the line ASAP.

Friday, October 9, 2009

BioTech Gaining Coordination for Advocacy

Early Days, but look for an upcoming event focused on the biotech industry in the Puget Sound region.

But, mark your calendars for a half-day event with two expert panel sessions addressing how government and business can work together to create a positive climate that will maximize the contributions of the bioscience industries on a state and federal level. The experts will also address the importance of innovation, the regulatory landscape and other issues that can impact the industry.

December 2, 2009, 1 – 5 pm
Seattle, venue to be set
no cost to attendees

This program is being developed by a unified voice of leaders representing the biotechnology, life sciences, and biomedical research industries —collectively known as the bioscience community.

Their mission is to promote public policies that on a local, state, and federal level safeguard and sustain America’s place as the world leader in bioscience. Their three tenets are to promote access, prevention and encourage innovation by building bridges of understanding between government leaders, the business community and academia on key issues facing Washington’s and the United States' dynamic bioscience community.

Sponsoring this program in coordination with the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) are:
  • the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA)
  • the Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)

and local organizations like:

  • the Association of Washington Business (AWB)
  • the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association (WBBA)
  • the University of Washington (UW)
  • US Chamber of Commerce
  • Pacific Technology Alliance
  • Puget Sound Regional Council
  • East King County Chambers of Commerce Legislative Coalition
  • NW Association of Biomedical Research
  • Technology Alliance
  • Cancer Society
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Broadband Focus of Commerce Meeting in Tacoma

The Washington State Economic Development Commission (WEDC) meeting in Tacoma will focus on the State's Broadband policy.

DATE: October 20
TIME: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
VENUE: See venue change below:

Angela Wu, WA DIS Broadband manager will provide a briefing to the WEDC Infrastructure Working Group of the current state of broadband in the state. The expected discussion will cover mapping of broadband adoption, broadband ARRA applications and current legislation and funding.

This meeting is open to all interested parties. Please RSVP if you will attend.

More info on broadband is available on the Department of Information Services (DIS) website. All the latest and greatest is posted there in a timely manner.

Our apologies for the last minute change, but the venue for tomorrow’s broadband briefing has been changed. New meeting information is as follows:

Date: October 20, 2009
Time: 10-11AM
Venue: The new location is Phil Lelli Conference Room
Port Admin Bldg.
One Sitcum Way
Tacoma, WA 98421.

This particular building will require badges as you enter the location. If you RSVP, we will notify the Port of Tacoma that you will be attending. Thank you.


· Take the Portland Ave Exit (Exit #134)
· Turn LEFT onto Portland Ave
· At 3rd stoplight, turn RIGHT onto 11TH ST and go over bridge
· At the bottom of the bridge, make an immediate, sharp RIGHT turn before the railroad tracks
· At stop sign, turn RIGHT onto Milwaukee and go underneath bridge
· At next stop sign, turn RIGHT onto Sitcum Way
· Take immediate LEFT into parking lot


· Take Exit #135 toward PORTLAND AVE
· Ramp becomes EAST 27TH ST
· At stop light, turn RIGHT onto PORTLAND AVE
· At 3rd stoplight, turn RIGHT onto 11TH ST and go over bridge
· At the bottom of the bridge, make an immediate, sharp RIGHT turn before the railroad tracks
· At stop sign, turn RIGHT onto MILWAUKEE and go underneath bridge
· At next stop sign, turn RIGHT onto SITCUM WAY
· Take immediate LEFT into parking lot

If you have questions, please contact Egils Milbergs or Noreen Hoban or call 360.586.5662.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

How Small Business Can Commercialize Technology

Washington Small Business Development Centers and Washington Technology Center present this seminar, based on Foresight Science & Technology's instruction to SBIR awardees of the agencies Foresight supports as an SBIR Commercialization Support Contractor.

Register online -- Space limited to 35 registrants.

Date/Time Wednesday
October 14, 2009
8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
WSU West
Pike Tower Building
520 Pike Street, Suite 1101Seattle, WA
Parking available: Pike Tower Bldg., Convention Center; Washington Athletic Club.
Space limited to 35 registrants.
Deadline Oct. 9, 2009.

Phyl Speser, J.D., Ph.D., author of the best selling text book, "The Art & Science of Technology Transfer"