PortTechLA Forum: SBIR Funding – April 10

The April PortTech Forum at LA Harbor College will feature Dr. Marie Talnack talking about SBIR funding priorities, programs and other sources of financing for small and minority owned businesses.  SBIR funding can be used for R&D, prototyping, proof of concept, market testing and other approved uses.

In addition to the featured speaker, the Forum will continue a conversation with  Martin Birkner of Siemens about the use of diesel-electric hybrid truck systems that could soon be operating around the port.  This is a continuation of a discuss started at the March Forum.

And the program will feature two of PortTech’s entrepreneurial clients – Marine Oil Technology (CEO Alex Weil) and Hi-Z Technology (CEO John Bass).  MOT manufactures and distributes sophisticated oil filtration systems for heavy-duty engines and hydraulics.  Hi-Z is a pioneer in the development and use of thermoelectric modules and generators that convert differences in temperature to useable electricity. 

The PortTech Forum is production of PortTechLA – a public/private non-profit technology center and business incubator operated by a founding coalition of the City of Los Angeles, Port of Los Angeles and the San Pedro and Wilmington Chambers of Commerce. PortTech’s mission is to attract and mentor companies with technologies that will enable the Port of Los Angeles, and ports worldwide, to meet their immediate and future environmental, energy, security and logistics goals.

The PortTechForum meets on the second Tuesday of the month from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the LA Harbor College Technology Center, 1111 Figueroa Place, Wilmington, CA 90744. (Call 310-233-4000 for directions.)

The registration fee is $25 for this event ($5.00 for students with ID) and includes refreshments. You can register now at PortTechLA.org

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