Building Green Businesses
Organizer: Marty Mulvihill, Co-founder, Safer Made Venture Capital
Learn what it takes to translate your green chemistry breakthrough from basic science to into a commercial reality. Practice expressing your ideas in ways that will resonate with commercial partners and investors. After this session participants will be able to better understand and evaluate the business potential for green technologies. We will discuss funding sources (grants, SBIR/STTR, accelerators, venture capital, joint development, contract research, and licensing) and the role that each can play in getting a new technology to market. This workshop will be taught through a series of case studies that highlight the different ways which technologies can make it to market. We will include a brief introduction to technology licensing, startup formation, and business development. Then participants will work in groups to evaluate a technology and propose realistic next steps for bringing it to market, including what the development of a timeline for technical benchmarks and the identification of potential partners. Participants in this session will leave with a plan to move their own research toward commercialization.