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 

The Neutrino Donut – Service Offerings

The Neutrino Donut is a consultancy with a focus on technology commercialization. Our focus is on managing the commercialization process for SBIR programs as well as global market entry strategies. We have an extensive understanding of the ecosystems for universities, startups, grant programs, and global projects.

Over the last few years, we completed multiple programs and implemented processes for evaluation of technologies and demonstrated commercialization paths for execution.  We have conducted technology assessment projects for multiple players in the marketplace on behalf of NIH, NSF, DoD, DoE, and other government agencies. We have been a member of grant review panels for NIH and DoD and provided services in the evaluation of technologies and budget processes.

In this process, we have completed over 300 technology assessments and over 250 business development projects in innovative technologies over the last ten years for domestic and international clients.  A full list of recent projects is contained on The Neutrino Donut site. These research projects varied from 80 pages to 10 pages, based on client requirements, market definitions, and agency reporting requirements.

We were the founding members of two startups in technology commercialization and in negotiation for a third company. One company was a University of Pennsylvania startup in biotech field with a technology related to tRNA florescence. We provided marketing services for a diabetes medical technology developed privately in Santa Barbara. In these roles, we developed business strategy, grant application processes, review of IP challenges, and developed next stages for technologies and was a shareholder in each company.

 
Our international projects included being a senior member of teams responsible for commercialization of entrepreneurial efforts in Hungary, India, Korea, Mexico, Portugal, Chile, Ukraine, Russia, Qatar and other countries.  Responsible for closing deals for clients in each area across multiple technology areas. We delivered commercialization services and training programs in several of these countries.

We conducted assessment and development projects on behalf of the University of California, Irvine, The University of Texas at Austin, and projects for multiple universities in the area of technology assessments and business development.

We are interested in working with your organization to expand the resources available to you for commercialization of technologies.

The Neutrino Donut Project – Phase II – SBIR / NIH Consulting

The Neutrino Donut is providing consulting services for four startups seeking to manage their commercialization process in an SBIR Phase II Program. The consulting includes the development of a slide deck for investors, developing the underlying data on product definition, budget, and market entry strategy, and mapping an 18 month income / process plan.

The Neutrino Donut – Business Partner – Timothy Raines

The Neutrino Donut works with entrepreneurial partners around the world. One friend and business partner is Timothy Raines.

Tim has extensive expertise in business development, commercialization, marketing, and complex technology sales. Experienced in domestic and international commercialization, with international work predominantly for foreign technologies seeking to commercialize within the US.

He is an SBIR/STTR grant writer, multiple Phase I, II and III recipient in DoD, DOE, NASA, NIH, DARPA, SOCOM and more. Technology scouting and curation.

Globally, he serves science and tech innovators, institutions, and policy makers in developing economies. Experience working with India, Mexico, Hungary, Columbia, Ukraine, Qatar, Korea, and more.

Tim is also a world class artists. For samples of his work, check http://www.timothyraines.com/. His LinkedIn profile is https://www.linkedin.com/in/teraines/.

His Erdos-Bacon number is 10: Erdos of 7 for being Principal Investigator on “Laser Cladding Modeling and Operation Applied to Plasma-Facing Materials” and Bacon of 3 for role in “Cuckold Picasso”, an award winning short film.

Tim is on the left with Adam Bates in the center on a recent commercialization project in India.

The Neutrino Donut – Business Partner – Adam Bates

The Neutrino Donut works with entrepreneurial partners around the world. One friend and business partner is Adam Bates.

Adam Bates is a Professor at Mahasarakham Business School in Thailand. Outside the classroom he manages licensing and commercialization projects for clients in Thailand, South Korea, and the United States. Before moving to Thailand, Mr. Bates served as the Director of the University of Texas Innovation Program in South Korea. He has over ten years’ experience in the business management and technology commercialization fields in the United States and Asia and earned a Masters of Technology Commercialization from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelors in History from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. 

His company website is caliham.com and his LinkedIn profile is https://www.linkedin.com/in/adamkbates.

Adam is wearing The Neutrino Donut hat in this picture while working on a project in Korea. The gentleman to the far right in the photo is Brian MacMahon of ExpertDojo of Santa Monica, CA.

The Neutrino Donut – Partners – RevealSol – Rose Saenz

The success of The Neutrino Donut is based upon our partners and the expertise we bring to projects.

Rose Saenz of RevealSol is a longtime friend and business partner whose expertise in seniors housing has been an asset on several projects. Most recently, we worked together on projects relating to technological projects benefiting the overall well being of elderly living with dementia.

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RevealSol is a nationwide consultancy based out of Texas. The website is https://revealsol.com/ and Rose’s LinkedIn profile is https://www.linkedin.com/in/rosesaenz/.

The Neutrino Donut – Business Partners – Jon Würfl

The success of The Neutrino Donut is based upon our partners and the expertise we bring to projects.

Jon Würfl is a longtime friend and business partner whose expertise in defining customer requirements has been an asset on several projects. Most recently, we have worked together on several consumer product engagements. Previously, he has been an expert in business processes and his knowledge of retail programs is unsurpassed.

Jon is an independent consultant out of San Francisco and his LinkedIn profile is https://www.linkedin.com/in/jwurfl/.

The Neutrino Donut – Advertisements for Myself

Points to you for getting the Norman Mailer or Jim Bouton reference. Part of this process in developing an organization is to note some of our projects. I am providing a summary of the overall projects. Information on individual projects can be found in this blog.

  • Thought leader with understanding of commercialization process in the evaluation of technologies and businesses.
  • Completed over 300 technology assessments and over 250 business development projects in innovative technologies over the last ten years for domestic and international clients.  A full list of recent projects is contained on The Neutrino Donut site. Project clients including grant reviews for DoE, DoD, NIH, NSF, and other agencies as well as US and foreign universities. Applications included military and non-military opportunities. Research projects varied from 80 pages to 10 pages, based on client requirements, market definitions, and agency reporting requirements.
  • Member, two grant review panels with NIH and DoD. Evaluated grant proposals for commercialization, provided reports and participated on review panels as member of team.
  • Managing partner of consultancy in the commercialization of university technologies, industry startups, and science-based technologies. Project management efforts included managing multiple deadlines, varying engagements, reporting requirements to client and their clients, and developing ongoing relationships with all parties. Developed long term relationship with each client with reputation for delivering quality evaluations of technologies.
  • CEO of biotechnology company based on University of Pennsylvania technology. Marketing Manager for diabetes medical technology (Airware) developed privately in Santa Barbara. Responsible for development of business strategy, grant application processes, IP challenges, and developing next stages for technologies. Shareholder in each company.
  • Senior member of teams responsible for commercialization of entrepreneurial efforts in Hungary, India, Korea, Mexico, Portugal, Chile, Ukraine, Russia, Qatar and other countries.  Responsible for closing deals for clients in each area across multiple technology areas.
  • Conducted assessment and development projects on behalf of the University of California, Irvine, The University of Texas at Austin, and projects for multiple universities in the area of technology assessments and business development.
  • Delivered multiple presentations on the grant funding process, including military research BAAs, SBIRs, STTRs, and other mechanisms. Executed on programs on behalf of clients.
  • Developed and executed global online conference on entrepreneurship with 55 speakers in 24-hour period. 
  • Evaluated legal documents on behalf of clients, my organization, and the university.
  • Product management SME with experience in multiple verticals, including medical, pharmaceutical, information technology, environmental, manufacturing, process, energy, consumer goods, transportation, and biotechnology in global projects.
  • Responsible for cross functional programs with local management, global managers, industry partners, and entrepreneurs in closing agreements for domestic and international opportunities.
  • Member, screening committee of new medical technologies, SoCalBio.
  • IC2 Fellow, The IC2 Institute, The University of Texas at Austin.