2018

February

UAF Alum and start-up CEO Inspires Researchers and Entrepreneurs

Sam Enoka's (UAF '95) career winds through alternative assets and technology, an MBA from UC Berkeley, to venture capital and technology, hedge funds and commodity trading, electricity markets and most recently, blockchain and ICO markets. Sam has helped raise over $350M in investment and capital in his various start-ups over his career. Sam is on campus to discuss Greensparc and their recent entry into the ICO (initial coin offering) market, CirrusCoin.

Enoka is visiting Fairbanks in February and will be presenting his insights into technology and entrepreneurship at 2pm on Monday, Feb. 5 in the BP Design Theater. 

This event is open to all interested UAF students, staff, and faculty. Members of the Fairbanks entrepreneur community are also welcome to attend.

Apply now for this spring's Lean Launch Workshop!

Apply now for an intense three-day workshop designed to teach participants how to take university research and other great ideas from concept to commercialization.
 
This workshop, on Mar. 12-14, is based on the Lean Startup methodology for developing products and companies and is led by Steve Weinstein who teaches a similar course at the University of California Berkeley and Stanford.
 
Through this workshop, participants will:

*    Learn what it really takes to develop a viable product or be part of a startup company

*    Team up with multidisciplinary talent from across the UA system

*    Leave knowing the next steps you need to take on your road to success

*    Take giant leaps forward with your innovation or technology

*    Get connected with the right people and resources

Applications are open to interested members from the UA community, including faculty, staff, and students. The course is limited to 25 participants with priority enrollment offered to individuals who are actively working on commercializing an idea.   

Visit https://leanlaunch18.com/ to learn more and apply now for the Mar. 12-14 workshop.
 
Full day participation is required for this workshop. Registration closes February 9th.  Contact UAF's Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization with questions: uaf-oipc@alaska.edu or 474-2605. 

This course is sponsored by the Office of Naval Research and co-hosted by BMNT.
 

Innovation Initiative - Peter Webley, February 22nd

Peter Webley co-founded the first start-up company from UAF intellectual property. V-ADAPT, Inc.
 
Learn how the volcanic remote sensing group at the Geophysical Institute created this start-up and now provides their tools to the worldwide transportation community.
 
Webley is an OIPC ambassador and Research Associate Professor of Remote Sensing at the Geophysical Institute.
 
I2 will be held on Monday, February 22nd, at 4:30 p.m. on the 4th floor of ELIF (the new engineering building) in the BP Design Theater.  Webley's short presentation will be followed by a social mixer and informal question-and-answer session.
 
For more details on I2 events, contact OIPC Ambassadors Peter Webley (pwwebley@alaska.edu), Rajive Ganguili (rganguli@alaska.edu), and Robert Coker (rcoker@alaska.edu).

Researcher Spotlight - Ben Kellie

Photo: Ben Kellie works at the Boardroom in downtown Anchorage, January 5, 2018. Kellie returned to Alaska from work launching rockets for SpaceX to begin a company serving rural Alaska with drones. (Charles Wohlforth / ADN)
This story is reprinted with permission from Anchorage Daily News.
 
Ben Kellie took a short path from helping his bush pilot father in Nikiski to launching SpaceX rockets in California. Now he's back working in rural Alaska aviation, but with skills for technology innovation he learned in the commercial space industry.
 
Kellie rose rapidly at SpaceX, overseeing the launch of a new generation of rocket from a brand-new pad that he helped build. He also led the field team building the barge where the company famously landed its first rocket for reuse.
 

Read more.

Visiting Professor Inspired UAF through UW Entrepreneurial Experience

Dan Schwartz presents at the January I2 event in the BP Design Theater. Photo by Amanda Byrd/OIPC.
OIPC recently hosted Daniel Schwartz, Director of the Clean Energy Institute at the University of Washington, at an Innovation Initiative event and at a brown bag lunch where Schwartz presented insights into research commercialization and marketplace megatrends gained from experience at UW and Washington state.
 
Schwartz gave examples of UW entrepreneurship initiatives and how the university has capitalized on their research and development.  He also held meetings with OIPC staff and ambassadors to discuss university innovation opportunities.  
 
Innovation Initiative events are held monthly. Contact OIPC Ambassadors Peter Webley (pwwebley@alaska.edu), Rajive Ganguili (rganguli@alaska.edu), and Robert Coker (rcoker@alaska.edu).
 
Two summer research programs hosted by UW, "Clean Energy Bridge to Research" and "Molecular Engineering Materials Center" offer opportunities for UA undergraduate students.  The programs offer stipends, housing and travel. Students can work in physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science and engineering, or electrical engineering labs.   Applications are due by Feb. 16.  Community college or high school teachers can also gain research experience

Funding Opportunity Now Available for 2018 Summer Cohort of I-Corps at NIH

I-Corps is a great program that's been available only for NSF-related research - until recently.  Now, NIH has picked up the program.
 
I-Corps is an intense program and true time commitment.  However, it also may be the most assured way of knowing whether your product has a market and getting it there efficiently.  Acceptance into the I-Corps program comes with a $50,000 grant.
 
NIH I-Corps applications are due March 5, 2018. Learn more here.

HHS SBIR/STTR Omnibus Solicitation Released, New Rules on Applications

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) SBIR/STTR Program released the HHS SBIR/STTR PHS 2018-2 Grant Omnibus/Parent Solicitations; some will require Clinical Trials and others will not allow them.
 
Two informational webinars will be held in February to present new SBIT/STTR submittal guidelines.
 
1. HHS SBIR/STTR PHS 2018-2 Grant Clinical Trial Parent Webinar
2. HHS SBIR/STTR PHS 2018-2 Grant Non-Clinical Trial Omnibus Webinar

January

National Leader in Lean Startup Education Motivates Fairbankans

Steve Weinstein presented the Lean Startup Method. Photo by Amanda Byrd/OIPC.
       Steve Weinstein presented the Lean Startup Method. Photo by Amanda Byrd/OIPC.

During a brown bag lunch in December, Fairbanksans were hooked by the incisive approach to developing a technology and starting a company laid out by guest speaker Steve Weinstein.  His super-efficient approach focused the path forward for local entrepreneurs and innovators.

Weinstein teaches the Lean Startup and Business Model Canvas methods at Stanford and UC Berkeley.  He’s in a good position to do so; Weinstein has vast experience as an entrepreneur and consultant to startup companies. 

The presentation’s large audience learned Weinstein’s step-by-step plan for navigating from concept to startup company and knowing when to pivot the original concept into a marketable reality.

Find a link to the presentation here.

I2: Dr. Daniel Schwartz to Speak at Next Innovation Initiative Event on Jan. 22

Rajive Ganguli addresses attendees of the first I2 event in the BP Design Theater on the 4th floor of ELIF. Photo by Amanda Byrd/OIPC.

OIPC is pleased to announce that the second I2 event will feature guest speaker Dr. Daniel Schwartz, a Boeing-Sutter Professor of Chemical Engineering and Director of the Clean Energy Institute at the University of Washington.

The first I2 event, held in December 2017, drew around 50 entrepreneurs, innovators, business professionals, and UAF faculty, staff, and students to the short presentation and social mixer.

Dr. Schwartz, having built a network at UW for achieving commercialization and assisted startup companies, highlights the benefits to university departments and employees of commercialization and describes the array of partnerships needed.

I2 will be held on Monday, January 22nd, at 4:30 p.m. on the 4th floor of ELIF (the new engineering building) in the BP Design Theater.  Schwartz’s short presentation will be followed by a social mixer and informal question-and-answer session.

For more details on I2 events, contact OIPC Ambassadors Peter Webley (pwwebley@alaska.edu) and Rajive Ganguili (rganguli@alaska.edu).

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