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Wild for Innovation: Green Launching Pad - Positioning NH and UNH in the New Energy Economy


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On March 5th, 2010 the UNH Wildcats, Whittemore School of Business, New Hampshire Division of Economic Development and Public Service of New Hampshire hosted a unique afternoon workshop at UNH aimed at building teams, developing effective leaders and stimulating innovation.

The "Wild for Innovation" workshop was developed specifically for New Hampshire business leaders and their teams, and included presentations like this one, on the Green Launching Pad initiative, by George Hurtt and Venky Venkatachalam.

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Wild for Innovation: Green Launching Pad - Positioning NH and UNH in the New Energy Economy

  1. 1. Positioning NH and UNH in the New Energy Economy<br />Founding Team Members<br />
  2. 2. Green Launching Pad<br /><ul><li>Collaborative Partnership of Key Stakeholders
  3. 3. Founded at the Intersection of Economic and Environmental Concerns
  4. 4. to Advance State Economy
  5. 5. and in Support of the State Climate Action Plan</li></ul><br />February 13, 2010<br />
  6. 6. Climate Change 2007- The Physical Science Basis<br />March 2, 2010<br /><br />
  7. 7. Efficient vehicles<br />Reduced use of vehicles<br />Efficient buildings<br />Efficient baseload coal plants<br />Gas baseload power for coal baseload power<br />Capture CO2 at baseload power plant<br />Capture CO2 at H2 plant<br />Capture CO2 at coal-to-synfuels plant<br />Nuclear power for coal power<br />Wind power for coal power<br />PV power for coal power<br />Wind H2 in fuel-cell car for gasoline in hybrid car<br />Biomass fuel for fossil fuel<br />Reduced deforestation, plus reforestation, afforestation, and new plantations<br />Conservation tillage<br />March 2, 2010<br /><br />Pacala & Sokolow 2004 Science 305:968-972<br />
  8. 8. March 2, 2010<br /><br />Summer heat index:<br />How hot summers will “feel” in New Hampshire<br />Northeast Climate Impacts Assessment 2007<br />Global Biological Change<br />
  9. 9.<br />March 2, 2010<br />The New Hampshire Climate Action Plan (2009)<br />
  10. 10. The New Hampshire Climate Action Plan (2009)<br /><br />February 13, 2010<br />
  11. 11. Technology Accelerators<br />Major challenge facing researchers/startups:<br />Seed stage funding to-<br />develop and test prototypes <br />Conduct market research<br />VCs and funding sources tend to focus on larger, later-stage investments<br /> Proof-of-concept centers facilitate and foster exchange of ideas between researchers and industry via mentors<br /><br />March 2, 2010<br />
  12. 12. Green Launching Pad <br />A competitive grant program in energy technology commercialization that helps the state achieve environmental and economic objectives <br />Grants will assist teams to assess markets, and commercialize new products and services in high-growth energy and energy efficiency markets. <br />Based at UNH and focused on University research<br />NH-based companies and other third parties interested in engaging in technology commercialization efforts may apply for awards with or without faculty researchers<br /><br />March 2, 2010<br />
  13. 13. Green Launching Pad--Funding Process<br />Projects will address commercialization of energy efficiency, energy conservation, renewable energy, sustainable energy projects, programs, services<br />Projects will result in:<br />Energy savings<br />Emission reduction<br />Business growth<br />Employment growth<br /><br />March 2, 2010<br />
  14. 14. Teams<br />Consist of entrepreneur, faculty, and students<br />Receive funding (up to $90K each)<br />Receive assistance in:<br />Accelerated business development<br />Mentorship and coaching from experts in scientific, technical, business, legal disciplines<br />Selection is on a competitive basis and done by Advisory Council<br /><br />March 2, 2010<br />
  15. 15. Application Process & Timeline<br />Request for Proposals released: February 12, 2010<br />Pre-Proposals due: March 15, 2010<br />Invitations for Full Proposals: April 1, 2010<br />Advice and Mentoring of Teams: April 1-16, 2010<br />Full Proposals due: April 22, 2010<br />Presentations by Teams: April 22-30 (to be scheduled)<br />Final Selection of Winning Teams: May 1, 2010<br /><br />March 2, 2010<br />
  16. 16. Selection Criteria<br />Potential to increase energy efficiency, reduce energy use and lower carbon emissions<br />Potential for economic development, including job creation, growth opportunities<br />Proven/documented capability of technology or service<br />Market feasibility of product/service<br />Experience/capability of team<br /><br />March 2, 2010<br />
  17. 17. Questions?<br />Visit<br /><br /><br />March 2, 2010<br />