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  • johndmo 10:06 pm on May 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    SBIR Phase II Workshop – June 20, PortTech Los Angeles 

    sba logoIn order to maximize the chances of creating a successful proposal for Phase II Small Business Innovation Research grants, your company has already met the first challenge – the highly competitive Phase I SBIR and/or STTR grant for concept development.  Now is the time to prepare a winning proposal for the larger $1M Phase II grant to complete research and development.   PortTech Los Angeles will host a SBIR Phase II Workshop focused on proper proposal preparation and the development of the commercialization plan. This workshop, unique to Southern California, will be presented by Tibbetts Award Advocate Dr. Marie Talnack. The Phase II Workshop emphasizes the commercialization plan, allocation of resources and preparations to implement the plan.

    The Program Will Include:

    • Presentations by NSF and DHS Program Managers
    • The tools, tips, techniques, plans, collateral
    • Sample Proposals
    • Deliverables to meet proposal requirements
    • Best practices to maximize your chance of winning an award

    Who Should Attend:

    • Technology-based entrepreneurs
    • Small innovative companies seeking funding
    • University researchers commercializing technology
    • Phase I and Phase II teams

    What You’ll Receive:

    • Live presentations and Q&A from federal agency program managers
    • Specific preparation for developing the commercialization plan
    • Access to investors, letters of support, partnerships with PortTechLA
    • Instructions for journal entries for IP, reports and project management
    • Tips and tricks for preparing a winning proposal
    • Sample workplans, resumes and endorsements
    • In-depth understanding of SBIR/STTR scoring criteria

    What:  SBIR/STTR Phase II Workshop

    When:  June 20th, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM (Registration opens at 8:30 AM)

    Where:  PortTech Los Angeles Training Center

    How Much:  $225 per person or $650 for company team (4 seats); discounts for 2 or 3 person teams also available.

    Registration is limited to 20 attendees to provide comprehensive coverage of the Phase II proposal development process that is relevant to your application.

    PortTech Los Angeles, a commercialization center and incubation program, promotes and develops companies with technologies that enable enterprises and consumers to meet their immediate and future environmental, energy, security and logistics goals. PortTechLA is an integral part in the Clean Tech Los Angeles Initiative, a founding member of the Business Incubation Network of Southern California and is a member of the National Business Incubation Association. The incubator is a cooperative effort of the City of Los Angeles, the Port of Los Angeles and the business communities of San Pedro and Wilmington. It is located adjacent to the Port of Los Angeles in the heart of the San Pedro Business Improvement and Arts, Culture and Entertainment Districts.

  • johndmo 10:41 pm on March 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    SBIR Phase 1 Workshop – 23 April at PortTech Los Angeles 

    Marie Talnack

    Marie Talnack, PhD will be presenting the tips and tricks to successfully applying for SBIR Phase 1 grants.  Marie is an expert in the preparation and submittal of applications to solicitations from the 11 Federal Agencies that fund the SBIR programs.

    Marie Talnack’s career in technology transfer and business development has spanned over 25 years since the SBIR and STTR programs were first established. She has worked at four research universities and two national research laboratories as well as her own consulting firm established in 1991.  Working with more than 300 companies, she has assisted in the development of over 500 technical proposals and grants which have been leveraged into $60 million in private capital funding. She is a winner of the SBA and National Science Foundation’s Tibbetts SBIR Advocate of the Year award and holds a Doctorate in Science and Technology Policy from the University of Southern California, MBA in Finance and Marketing, and Masters in International Management.

    What:  SBIR Phase 1 Workshop with emphasis on solicitations from DHS, DoD, DOE and NSF

    Where:  PortTech Los Angeles Training Room, 302 W. 5th Street, Ste 203, San Pedro, CA.  90731

    When:  April 23rd, 2013, 9 AM – 3 PM

    Cost:  $89 individual, $149 for up to 3 attendees from the same company or institution

    Register:  April 23 SBIR Phase 1 Workshop at PortTech Los Angeles

    Seating for this workshop is limited to make sure that the participants get their questions and concerns addressed directly.  Advanced registration is required.



  • johndmo 9:50 pm on March 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    SBIR Phase I Workshop, April 23 at PortTech Los Angeles 


    In 2009, the Federal government provided over $2.5 B funding for early stage technology development through the SBIR and STTR grants.  Eleven agencies participate in the program.

    SBIR/STTR consultant and Tibbetts Award Winner Marie Talnack, PhD will conduct a focused, hands-on workshop for small business executives submitting SBIR/STTR proposals this year.  This Phase I workshop will concentrate on the next scheduled solicitations: Department of  Energy, National Science Foundation, Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense.

    Who should attend:

    • Technology Based Entrepreneurs
    • Small innovative companies
    • University Researchers

    This all day workshop is intended for companies that are actively seeking SBIR or STTR Funding.  The program includes an overview of SBIR funding and scoring, tips and tricks, agency specifications, research, planning, partnering, technology, budgeting, teaming and submittal process.

    The workshop will be held at the PortTech Los Angeles offices in SanPedro on April 23rd, 2013.  Registration is now available at:  SBIR/STTR Workshop at PortTech Los Angeles.  The workshop starts at 9 AM and will end by 4 PM.  Lunch and workbooks are included.

    In addition to this Phase I workshop, PortTech will be hosting a Phase II workshop in June and later this year (early November) PortTech will host a very special Phase III panel session, dinner meeting and workshop.  The Phase III workshop, dinner and panel session is a unique presentation being developed by Dr. Talnack to address the opportunities and benefits of  Phase III participation.

  • johndmo 12:35 am on December 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    SBIR Workshop, Jan 17, 2013 at PortTech Los Angeles 

    SBIR/STTR consultant and Tibbetts Award Winner Marie Talnack, PhD will be holding a focused, hands-on workshop for small business executives submitting SBIR/STTR proposals next year. In 2009, the Federal government provided over $2.5 B funding for early stage technology development.  Eleven agencies participate in the program.

    This workshop is intended for companies that are actively seeking SBIR or STTR Funding.  The program includes an overview of SBIR funding and scoring, research, planning, partnering, technology, budgeting, teaming and submittal.

    The workshop will be held at the PortTech Los Angeles offices in SanPedro on Jan 17th, 2013.  Further details will be forthcoming.

  • johndmo 2:11 am on June 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Los Angeles Clean Tech Calendar 2012 – July 

    Welcome to the July 2012 Clean Tech Calendar of events for southern California.  This Calendar is provided by Green LAVA – the Strategic Interest Group of the Los Angeles Venture Association dedicated to exploring and explaining regional clean and green technology, business and trends.

    Summer has arrived.  A few events worth checking out.

    June 18 – Cleantech Open Semifinalist Reception – Join mentors, investors, alumni companies and friends of the competition to meet the 2012 CleanTech Open Semi Finalists from the Los Angeles area.  Greenberg Traurig, Century City, 6 – 8 PM.

    June 18-21 – Clean Technology 2012 is part of the annual multi-disciplinary and multi-sector TechConnect World conference addressing advancements in traditional technologies, emerging technologies and clean business practices applied towards a more sustainable future.  Santa Clara Convention Center.

    June 19 – California PEV Readiness Workshops – These regional workshops will provide key plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) readiness tools to communities throughout the state. Experts will present the top five actions that communities can implement to update local codes and regional planning practices. The workshop is a component of the U.S. Department of Energy Plug-In Electric Vehicle Readiness Grant awarded to California in 2011.  SCAQMD Office, Diamond Bar, 9AM – 2 PM.

    June 21 – Cleantech Open National Conference – held jointly with TechConnect World Conference.  If you’re interested in seeing what today’s entrepreneurs are cooking up to address tomorrow’s most challenging problems, then attend the event for debates, presentations, and the biggest ever showcase of tomorrow’s clean technologies.  Santa Clara Convention Center.

    June 26 & 27 – 1st National Zero Waste Business Conference – The U.S. Zero Waste Business Council (USZWBC) hosts the only national conference focused solely on Zero Waste Business success stories, challenges, needs and opportunities.  Hilton Orange County, Costa Mesa.

    July 10 – 27th Annual Meeting of the Los Angeles Venture Association.  The event will be hosted by LAVA Mobile and introduce original research from Ernst & Young and a panel of experts on the emergence of local mobile enabled businesses.  Skirball Center, West Los Angeles, 7:00 AM.

    July 10 – PortTech Los Angeles Forum – the monthly meeting will feature client firms and others start-ups participating in a pitch/presentation training session in preparation for the PortTech Expo in September.  Visitors welcome to observe entrepreneur’s delivering investment pitches and getting feedback from PTLA’s mentors and coaches.  LA Harbor College, Los Angeles, 10 AM – noon.

    July 10 – First Tuesday event from the Clean Technology Council is going to be a business mixer at  The Tipsy Goat .  And the CTC is sporting a beautiful new website – go over and have a look around!

    July 19 – The 3rd Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Best Practices Forum  A day-long forum that will feature updates from key state agencies and several topics including financing, climate action tools, codes and standards and other best practices for reducing energy use and greenhouse gases in your community. Crowne Plaza at LAX, in Los Angeles, CA. 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM.

    July 20 – the Green LAVA Monthly event – details forthcoming.  Century City, 7:00 – 9:00 AM.

    July 31 – PortTech Los Angeles Presentation Prep meeting for entrepreneurs wanting to participate in PortTechEXPO to be held in Sept down at the Cabrillo Marina Double Tree Hotel.  This prep meeting will focus on what entrepreneurs have to do to successfully pitch.  New this year, the pitch competition for entrepreneurs with innovative clean tech applications will be held on the evening of September 5th at the 3rd Annual PortTechExpo.  Angel and Venture Investors, business advisors and coaches, attorneys, accountants, and port representatives will be in attendance.  Los Angeles Harbor College, 10AM – noon.

    The Green Whiteboard is the sustainability blog of the Los Angles Venture Group Strategic Interest Group, Green LAVA.  Green LAVA and the Green LAVA monthly meetings are generously sponsored by Marcum, LLP.

  • johndmo 7:36 pm on October 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Innovation starvation 

    Neal Stephenson is my favorite author of speculative fiction.  Cryptonomicon and Snow Crash launched him to cult status among those of us who consumed mass quantities of  Herbert, Heinlein, Pournelle, Clarke and Asimov and introducing new converts to thought-provoking science futurism.  This post on the World Policy Journal’s website by Stephenson encapsulates a lot of the philosophy that animates the promise and future of green technology.   The opening paragraph resonates with those of us of a certain age:

    My lifespan encompasses the era when the United States of America was capable of launching human beings into space. Some of my earliest memories are of sitting on a braided rug before a hulking black-and-white television, watching the early Gemini missions. This summer, at the age of 51—not even old—I watched on a flatscreen as the last Space Shuttle lifted off the pad.  I have followed the dwindling of the space program with sadness, even bitterness.  Where’s my donut-shaped space station? Where’s my ticket to Mars? Until recently, though, I have kept my feelings to myself. Space exploration has always had its detractors. To complain about its demise is to expose oneself to attack from those who have no sympathy that an affluent, middle-aged white American has not lived to see his boyhood fantasies fulfilled.  

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