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					  US Department of Homeland Security
Science and Technology Stakeholders Conference – West

         Next Generation Technology Transfer

                  January 15, 2008
Accelerators Defined
• Contrasting support models
   –   Centers of Excellence
   –   University Research and Technology Transfer
   –   Major Integrators
   –   General Incubators
   –   Specialty Incubators
   –   General Accelerators
   –   Specialty Accelerators
Joining an Accelerator
• Do You Need One?
   –   Achieved initial technical milestones
   –   Defined business direction (even if preliminary)
   –   Need pointed assistance to support your plan of action
   –   Lack resources to invest
Joining an Accelerator, continued
• Selecting a Program
   –   Location
   –   Alignment of interests
   –   Asset base (in-house and network)
   –   Participating companies


• Successfully Applying
   –   Technical Feasibility
   –   Compliance with Program Terms; Needs Fit with Offerings
   –   Leadership/Management Experience and Approach/Attitude
   –   Homeland Security Market Applicability
   –   Intent to Partner
   –   Technology Readiness Level; Market Readiness Level; Business Readiness Level
Example Asset Map - Watervliet Innovation Center                                                                Key
                                                                                                                In House
                                                                                                                Integrated Partners
                                                                                                                Our Network
                     NYS Centers for                                                                            Uncommon Assets
                     Advanced
                     Technology

               UAlbany

                                                                       NYS Energy Research and
         Benet Lab                                                     Development Authority
                                                                                                               Army Materiel
                         Upstate NY                                                   RTDC Network             Command
                         Technology Transfer
    Cornell              (UNYTECH)                   NYS Regional                          Chief Executives
                                                     Technology                            Network for             NIST Network
                                                     Development Center                    Manufacturing
                                                     (RTDC)
                                          Technology           NIST Manufacturing
  Rensselaer                                                                                                        Union College
                                          Commercialization    Extension Partnership
                                          Expertise            Center
                                                                                              Tech Valley
                                                                    Business
                                                Homeland Security                             Angel Network
                                                                    Acceleration
                                                Market Expertise    Expertise and
                                                and Relationships                          SmartStart
    End User                                                        Programs
                                                                                           Venture Forum
    Communities
                            Homeland Security
                            Advisory Board                                           CEG Member
                                                                                     Business Advisor
                                                                     Regional        Volunteers
                                                                     Networks: IT,
               Federal Funding                                       Bio, Online                        SBA/Small Business
               Agencies/Programs                                                                        Development Center

                                                                                            Regional Business Support
                                    NY and Federal                                          Partners – Incubators,
                                    Procurement                                             Chambers
                                    Assistance
Costs and Benefits
• Costs
    – Cash, possibly royalties, warrants or future charitable contributions
    – Time, Leadership
    – Brand


• Benefits
    – Identify and tackle most significant growth barriers
    – Connect with the right experts and the right time
    – Look and act larger and more experienced than you are


• Value is extracted, not delivered
    – Accelerators don’t grow your business, you do
    – Accelerators are the exponent, not the base
       You determine whether you get 010 or 1010
Contact

          Kelsey Kohler
          Executive Director
          Watervliet Innovation Center
          44 Dalliba Avenue
          Watervliet, NY 12189
          www.watervlietinnovation.org
          (518) 266-6012
          kelseyk@ceg.org