The Neutrino Donut – Training Seminar – Austin Technology Incubator – SEAL Accelerator – SBIR / STTR & Other Non-Dilutive Funding

The Neutrino Donut will be conducting a training seminar on grant programs, fund raising, and planning for the Austin Technology Incubator SEAL program. This program will be delivered online on 9 July 2020.

SEAL’s core value is vetting emerging university startups from the market’s perspective, not the entrepreneur’s nor university ecosystem’s perspective. A by-product is to shift founders’ mindsets to be market centric instead of technology or product centric.
To accomplish this, SEAL coalesces a group of hand-picked, experienced startup mentors to assist each startup in identifying the next potential Go / No-Go Decision. SEAL then builds a set of industry-specific mentors to work with each team over the course of two months to do the work to rigorously answer the analyses underlying the Go / No-Go Decision. Additionally, SEAL brings in experienced entrepreneurs and technical experts to talk about their real-world experience in confronting some of the most common
Go / No-Go Decisions. This is particularly useful as startups confront an on-going sequence of these types of decisions, so SEAL primes its participants to have a baseline of knowledge as many of these common decisions will emerge in each of their journeys.
Most startups participating in SEAL have already removed significant scientific or technical risk through lab prototypes, pilot deployments, and occasionally, early sales. Given that, most Go / No-Go Decisions center on “scalability” questions around the underlying technology, go-to-market, team, funding requirements, firm economics, and other core business model components.
In prior years, SEAL has also facilitated ecosystem engagement opportunities to jumpstart the process of university-based entrepreneurs building out their ecosystem network. For many student founders, this represents their first “in-the-wild” professional networking experience. Austin’s startup ecosystem is overflowing with organizations, activities and people that support entrepreneurs and startups, so quickly learning how to navigate and engage with it is critical to the long term prospects for each
startup.

The Neutrino Donut – Seminar – Innovation in the Times of the Covid-19

https://sdsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/13302

Innovation in the Times of the COVID-19 – THE GRANT PROCESS

We are focusing on the development of new ideas in the time of Covid-19. Right now, corporate innovation and licensing has slowed, as R&D budgets are being cut. New biotech developments have slowed as lab activity has been curtailed. The Angel and VC markets, already risk adverse, have become more conservative.

In these times, startups will need funding but, just as importantly, independent validation of their ideas via the grant processes. By leveraging these grant based resources and applications, startups can find validation of their ideas and processes as well as received undiluted funding to advance their technology. From there, the startup will be in a stronger position to negotiate exits with these partners. The SBIR process involved extensive reviews of your idea from science experts, business experts, and project development experts, all of which will provide opportunities to fine tune your idea to commercialization.

We will discuss the Phase I grant, where the technical merit of the project is discussed. In Phase II, we will discuss taking your idea to the marketplaces. Then you can talk to the Angels, VCs and corporate licensing folks from a position of strength.

For the startup, this means planning the entire life cycle of your idea and figuring out where the exit ramps are located.

After the session, we will have an open discussion of the business / technical / funding challenges of your companies. Bring your questions and problems, the answers may be of interest to other folks as well. Led by guest speaker Earle Hager, Managing Partner / The Neutrino Donut, LLC Mr. Hager has worked extensively on technology assessment, business development, and grant process for several hundred startups.  He has even does those Net Present Value spreadsheets required for financial planning on grants. He also knows almost everyone you may need to connect with in the corporate market. He comes to Los Angeles via Philadelphia and Austin.

The Neutrino Donut – Networking – The Water Council – TECH CHALLENGE IS OPEN TO INNOVATORS!

https://watertechhub.com/challenge/spring-2020-tech-challenge/

The Water Council helps connect people deploying new innovations in water technology through corporate-sponsored open innovation tech challenges.

If you have a water tech idea or prototype with high potential for implementation or commercialization, we’re the link to get you to the next stage of development with corporate sponsors ready to help you make your idea a reality. As an applicant, your application will be reviewed by the corporate R&D team sponsors and if you are chosen, you’ll get the opportunity to present your innovation in-person to A.O. SmithBadger Meter and Zurn and compete for:

  • Funding with maximum total prize money of $25,000
  • Opportunity for high potential for joint commercialization with market leaders
  • Access to sponsoring companies’ R&D team expertise

Accepting applications March 2 to May 3

SPRING 2020 CHALLENGE TOPICS:

Sensors & Enabling Technologies for Leak Detection

Our Corporate partners are seeking innovative solutions for detecting small water leaks in a pipe to identify opportunities for early intervention to repair or replace the pipe. Enabling technologies for detecting water quality parameters inline at a pipe without the need for grab samples, and operational aspects of using artificial intelligence/machine learning and IoT will also be considered. The solutions may be complete systems, algorithms or concepts by talented individuals with the focus on optimization of operation, condition assessment, conservation, leak detection and water quality controls.

The applications may be of various scales including:

  • Plumbing systems in residential, commercial or industrial facilities
  • Cooling water systems
  • Drinking water distribution
  • Wastewater collection
  • Water reuse distribution

Key success criteria:

  • Long lasting
  • Durable
  • Low cost
  • Low energy usage
  • Rapid response or real time
  • Non-toxic reagents or no reagents required
  • Limit of detection commensurate with the regulatory limit or concentration of interest for the substance being detected

REGISTER & APPLY


Energy Harvesting from Water Networks

Our Corporate partners are seeking innovative solutions for recovering energy from water networks, both small scale (in home or building) and large scale (water distribution and collection systems).  Supporting technologies that store energy are also of interest. Potential uses for the energy recovered include:

  • Extend battery life/Recharge batteries needed for data transmission in Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI)
  • Powering meters and sensors
  • Powering actuators for valves and other

Key Success Criteria:

  • Long lasting
  • Durable
  • Low cost

REGISTER & APPLY 

42 Investment Summit: SaaS Universe

Our friends at Unit.City and Center 42 Innovation Agency are running a Saas VC conference in the next few weeks. Contact Kirill Mazur (km at unit dot city) for more information.

https://42.unit.city/42-investment-summit

42 Investment Summit: SaaS Universe is a new series of unique CEE tech events for business leaders, investors, creative entrepreneurs and international guests in Kyiv, the second creative capital of Europe 😉 

We will gather a community of 300 brightest people from venture capital funds, angel investors, a lot of business founders, corporate executives, startup ecosystem leaders, business associations, GR and media from Ukraine and CEE region to make new relevant connections, deals, find business opportunities and ideas for cooperation and future growth. 

The topic of this event – SaaS Universe.
Subscription business model (SaaS) changes everything. Now, it doesn’t matter where you have located your office – you can earn money globally and be competitive globally as well. And Ukraine and CEE already have a lot of successful SaaS-stories – like Grammarly (Ukrainian SaaS startup which top-5 in the list of world’s most innovative companies in AI who just raised $110 mln. in last round). 

And yes – we want to bring more international people and capital to Kyiv! 

The Border Wall – A source of energy

Bold Plan? Replace the Border Wall with an Energy–Water Corridor

Building solar, wind, natural gas and water infrastructure all along the U.S.–Mexico border would create economic opportunity rather than antagonism

Bold Plan? Replace the Border Wall with an Energy–Water Corridor
Credit: Getty Images

Here’s an idea: Instead of an endless, inert wall along the U.S.–Mexico border, line the boundary with 2,000 miles of natural gas, solar and wind power plants. Use some of the energy to desalinate water from the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean and ship it through pipelines to thirsty towns, businesses and new farms along the entire border zone. Hire hundreds of thousands of people from both countries to build and run it all. Companies would make money and provide security to safeguard their assets. A contentious, costly no-man’s-land would be transformed into a corridor of opportunity.

Crazy? Maybe—or maybe not. History is full of ideas that initially sounded wacky yet ended up changing society.

The idea is more than a pipe dream. A consortium of 27 engineers and scientists from a dozen U.S. universities has developed a plan. Last week they delivered it to three U.S. representatives and one senator. “Let’s put the best scientists and engineers together to create a new way to deal with migration, trafficking—and access to water. These are regions of severe drought,” says Luciano Castillo, a professor of energy and power at Purdue University who leads the group. “Water supply is a huge future issue for all the states along the border in both countries.”

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/bold-plan-replace-the-border-wall-with-an-energy-water-corridor/?fbclid=IwAR1KXMXogv4HwIaH38irv-SxhstZW26KPerSaW8VD9e5lzddCreW1khZjjc

Coal!

There is a lot you can do with coal. The Neutrino Donut is working with several groups on identifying rare earth metals from coal, for example. A second challenge is the retraining of workers. From the WaPo (and this was buried in the story):

The WaPo had an article on the GM plant shutdowns in the Midwest. The key takeaways were the jobs aren’t coming back, people are waiting for the jobs to come back, and only 30% of the people eligible for training took training. The training is technical, free and has a stipend. The workers said they were too old and the course material was too hard and they dropped out after a week. One guy couldn’t figure out how to install a flash drive.

Retraining is a complex process. Getting people to change everything is not an easy task. A utility I spoke with noted they did not see these issues when they retrained – the workers will still at the same company and had the same “home.”

From Axios:

https://www.axios.com/rick-perry-coal-ceraweek-dedff67d-7305-4ab7-a0fc-5af957de7d79.html

Energy Secretary Rick Perry suggested Wednesday that he hasn’t given up on finding ways to help economically struggling coal-fired and nuclear power plants, even though efforts to date haven’t taken flight.

Why it matters: Competition from cheap natural gas, renewables and other forces are leading to ongoing closures of coal-fired plants, and could prompt more nuclear facilities to shutter in coming years.Show less

  • The administration argues this threatens grid security and reliability, although a range of experts dispute the claim.

Perry said the country needs a “stable foundation of electric power that is un-interruptible” and that he wants more discussion.

  • “I’ve thrown a lot of jello over at the wall on this one trying to find some solutions that we can all, or at least a majority of us can get behind to support that,” he told reporters.
  • “We are looking for the answers to a question that vexes us,” he said in a press conference at CERAWeek.

Where it stands: Early last year, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission unanimously rejectedPerry’s push for big changes to wholesale power market rules that would guarantee revenues for some coal-fired and nuclear plants.

Since then, the administration has mulled options for using sweeping national security powers to help plants stay open, but it hasn’t gone anywhere.