2012 ReEnergize the Americas 6B: Cathy Swain

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  • Technology Incubator serving El Paso/West Texas, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, and Southern New MexicoFocused on technology and high growth entrepreneurial businesses (early-mid stage) Contributes to high-wage job growthComplements economic development attraction and retention programsSupports/complements MCA Foundation’s major initiative to build a biosciences technology complex Develops innovation/ entrepreneurship culture in the Paso del Norte border region
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  • , led by partner Paul Maxwell (BNSL) on September 15th with 15 in attendance. Cathy Swain attended the Climate Leadership Academy (CLA)event, in Denver September 12-14 by invitation with the City of El Paso Economic Development Office team (Carlos Guzman - Hub Board member and local entrepreneur, Edgar Campo-Palofax – City of El Paso Senior Economic Development Specialist, Marty Howell – City of El Paso Sustainability officer. The Institute for Sustainable Communitiesbased in Montpelier VT facilitated theevent and 14 teams from cities in 12 states participated.Cathy led a breakout session on the Clean Energy Incubator Program and the Hub, with approximately 15 participants from around the US.Cathy attended AURP’s Southwest Regional Meeting entitled “Working with Federal Labs” September 15-16 in Santa Fe, sponsored by Sandia Science & Technology Park, Los Alamos Research Park, Arrowhead Business & Research Park at New Mexico State University, and the City of Albuquerque. It included a tour of Los Alamos National Lab and Los Alamos Research Park. She met heads of technology transfer from both Federal Labs, as well as several research park and incubator heads in the Southwest Region.Cathy Swain attended the Clean Energy Venture Summit September 28-30 at the AT&T Conference Center at UT Austin, and met with SECO funders at the VIP dinner. Cathy met with EDA staff in Austin and with Larry Peterson, Executive Director of the Texas Foundation for Innovative Communities (TxFIC) to discuss grant options to help sustain the CEI Program and Hub operations starting later next year. Outreach ahead:We are sponsoring a booth as an exhibitor at the Re-Energize the Americas two-day sustainable energy conference at the El Paso Convention Center October 26-27, with two of our clean energy client companies participating with us in our space. We will attend the Border Energy Forum on October 27-28, also at the El Paso Convention Center, expecting to attract approximately 250 people from Mexico and ten Border States.We have scheduled our first board meeting for November 4th.We are scheduling training for five people at MIT in November to launch a formal mentoring program here in El Paso, sponsored by the Hub.
  • , led by partner Paul Maxwell (BNSL) on September 15th with 15 in attendance. Cathy Swain attended the Climate Leadership Academy (CLA)event, in Denver September 12-14 by invitation with the City of El Paso Economic Development Office team (Carlos Guzman - Hub Board member and local entrepreneur, Edgar Campo-Palofax – City of El Paso Senior Economic Development Specialist, Marty Howell – City of El Paso Sustainability officer. The Institute for Sustainable Communitiesbased in Montpelier VT facilitated theevent and 14 teams from cities in 12 states participated.Cathy led a breakout session on the Clean Energy Incubator Program and the Hub, with approximately 15 participants from around the US.Cathy attended AURP’s Southwest Regional Meeting entitled “Working with Federal Labs” September 15-16 in Santa Fe, sponsored by Sandia Science & Technology Park, Los Alamos Research Park, Arrowhead Business & Research Park at New Mexico State University, and the City of Albuquerque. It included a tour of Los Alamos National Lab and Los Alamos Research Park. She met heads of technology transfer from both Federal Labs, as well as several research park and incubator heads in the Southwest Region.Cathy Swain attended the Clean Energy Venture Summit September 28-30 at the AT&T Conference Center at UT Austin, and met with SECO funders at the VIP dinner. Cathy met with EDA staff in Austin and with Larry Peterson, Executive Director of the Texas Foundation for Innovative Communities (TxFIC) to discuss grant options to help sustain the CEI Program and Hub operations starting later next year. Outreach ahead:We are sponsoring a booth as an exhibitor at the Re-Energize the Americas two-day sustainable energy conference at the El Paso Convention Center October 26-27, with two of our clean energy client companies participating with us in our space. We will attend the Border Energy Forum on October 27-28, also at the El Paso Convention Center, expecting to attract approximately 250 people from Mexico and ten Border States.We have scheduled our first board meeting for November 4th.We are scheduling training for five people at MIT in November to launch a formal mentoring program here in El Paso, sponsored by the Hub.
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  • 2012 ReEnergize the Americas 6B: Cathy Swain

    1. 1. The Hub of Human Innovation Clean Energy Incubator Program Hub Overview Re-energize the Americas Conference October 18, 2012 Cathy Swain, Executive Director www.hubofhumaninnovation.org
    2. 2. Global Competitiveness =>Innovation => CREATIONMake more with less => BAKE MORE BIGGER PIES! www.hubofhumaninnovation.org 2
    3. 3. What is an Incubator? www.hubofhumaninnovation.org 3 Technology meets Market
    4. 4. Why Incubation? New Business Survival Success Rate 100 Incubated 80 60% 40 Non- incubated 20 0 Year 5 Startups create most new net jobs in the US Incubated companies higher success => Business incubators help build healthy lasting firms that create wealth and jobs. ~ 84% of business incubator graduates continue operations within 20 miles of the incubator. Technology meets Market
    5. 5. Why Incubation? NBIA serves 1900+ members from 60 countries 12 incubators in 1980, now thousands in the USA alone (90 percent nonprofit) Incubators significantly impact entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic development  Preliminary study* shows total economic impact over ten years 2011- 2020 = $2.1 billion for clean energy and biomedical sectors combined.  Case of Austin Technology Incubator (ATI):  Companies have generated $1.4 Billion revenue  Created 3,000 jobs* UTEP Institute for Policy and Economic Development - IPED www.hubofhumaninnovation.org 5 Technology meets Market
    6. 6. Business Skills: It’s Complicated!!! Production/ Manufacturing Marketing – Competition/ Substitutes, Positioning, Pricing, Branding, Advertis ing Sales and Customer Service – Find customers, take care of them, Bring Home $$$! Distribution – Get products to Customers Finance – Capital (equipment, facilities…), operations/ cash flow, accounting, reporting Human Resources -- PEOPLE are key to commercial success!! Legal – IP, contracts, regulatory, international 9/27/2011 www.hubofhumaninnovation.org 6
    7. 7. The Hub MissionThe Hub is a technology incubator, which nurtures the developmentof small technology-based businesses, helping them survive and growduring the start-up period when they are most vulnerable. We alsoassist technology-based businesses that are expanding, relocating, orsimply need direction to move their business forward. We provideclients with business support services and tailored resources.Our goals are to: Increase the number of jobs in the community Enhance our community’s entrepreneurial climate Retain businesses in the community Accelerate growth in our core industries Diversify the local economy www.hubofhumaninnovation.org 7 Technology meets Market
    8. 8. Collaborative Community/UniversityPartnership Model…THANKS TO Coalition Partners Bi-national Sustainability Laboratory (BNSL) Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovative Enterprises (CREIE) of The University of Texas at El Paso Innovate El Paso (Trans Pecos/El Paso Regional Center of Innovation & Commercialization) City of El Paso Economic Development Department (El Paso EDD) Medical Center of the Americas Foundation (MCA) Paso del Norte Group (PdN Group) U.S. - Mexico Foundation for Science Border Office (FUMEC) www.hubofhumaninnovation.org Technology meets Market
    9. 9. The Hub Technology Sector Targets UTEP Paso del Norte Clean Energy Incubator Program Biomedical Life Sciences Advanced Manufacturing Border Security/Defense Aerospace, Automotive, Other www.hubofhumaninnovation.org 9 Technology meets Market
    10. 10. What is Clean Energy? Generation Efficiency/Conservation Transportation Storage Infrastructure Environmental/carbon footprint Advanced materials Green retail Technology meets Market
    11. 11. UTEP PdN Clean Energy Incubator Program Commercial Opportunities Research in Clean Energy (UTEP, NMSU, Sandia, Los Alamos) Fort Bliss renewable energy initiative to become net-zero by 2015 Maquiladoras in Juarez => companies test new products City of El Paso commitment to evaluate new clean energy products/services Local Entrepreneurs… www.hubofhumaninnovation.org 11 Technology meets Market
    12. 12. The Hub Clients 6 Clean Energy 3 Life Sciences 1 Aerospace 1 Defense 1 Consumer Products Venture Capital Firm RampCorp Entrepreneurship Program for Women 12 Technology meets Market
    13. 13. Client Support = Heart of The Hub ID client needs, Find/Match Resources to fill gaps “Soft Landing” for existing companies launching in the PdN region Structured one-on-one professional staff support Intern pool for approved special projects Business Plan Assessment, Gap Analysis Management Team and Board Development Investment Capital Opportunities Business Development Tools, Contacts, Resources Workshops, Professional “Office Hours,” Events www.hubofhumaninnovation.org 13 Technology meets Market
    14. 14. Affiliates and Residents Affiliate Clients have receipt of mail, and access to All Hub Client Services and to Hub facilities during normal operating hours (8 - 5 M –F)  Conference room w/ conference phone, projector, screen  Common area use - resource library, break room, open desks, meeting space  Facsimile, photocopy, wireless Internet access Resident Clients receive additional benefits:  24/7 secured access to All Hub facilities  Dedicated, furnished space onsite:  Private office (~ 85 square feet enclosed) or  Cubicle (~ 75 square feet)  VOIP/Phone Internet  Utilities and janitorial service www.hubofhumaninnovation.org 14 Technology meets Market
    15. 15. Hub Clean Energy Partners Program Partner with Hub clients to commercialize new clean energy technologies Test Hub clients’ new technologies Become early adopters www.hubofhumaninnovation.org 15 Technology meets Market
    16. 16. Hub Manufacturing Partners Program Partner with Hub clients to manufacture in the region Advanced Manufactured Prototyping Test Hub client technologies Product development, from prototype to Production Model www.hubofhumaninnovation.org 16 Technology meets Market
    17. 17. Hub EquityNet ProgramEquityNet: https://www.equitynet.com/ Interactive Business Planning Tool w/ industry analytics EquityNet Receives Perfect 5-Star Crowdfunding Rating by independent Crowdfunding Website Reviews (read complete review) as the number one crowdfunding support service website. EquityNet Recognized by Forbes (read article), Entrepreneur Magazine, Bloomberg, CNET, and other journals as the inventor/pioneer of equity crowdfunding, one of the best companies poised to take advantage of the new market. Crowdfunding is asking a crowd of people to donate a defined amount of money for a specific cause or project in exchange for various rewards. Three general categories: Equity, Donation, and Debt. Wikipedia Article on Crowd Funding HERE www.hubofhumaninnovation.org 17 Technology meets Market
    18. 18. Hub Team Mentor Program (TMP) Flexible Volunteer Mentor TEAMS Expertise to serve changing client needs Based on confidentiality, trust, objectivity, accountability MIT Venture Mentoring Services (VMS) Model Developed and proven over 12 years  1,500 entrepreneurs/900 ventures served, 142 ventures launched/executing  Builds stronger entrepreneurship culture  Drives local business formation  Improves new venture probability of success www.hubofhumaninnovation.org 18 Technology meets Market
    19. 19. Outreach: Workshops/Events4th Thursday of every month at The Hub: Hub After Hours Networking 5-6:30 pm Workshops e.g.  Law School for Startups  Financing for Startups  Manufacturing on the Border  Export/Import ins and outs Camino Real Venture Competition (CRVC) RampCorp Entrepreneurship Training for women www.hubofhumaninnovation.org 19 Technology meets Market
    20. 20. Outreach: National/Global Events Re-Energize the Americas Border Energy Forum “Smart Clean Energy Course” hosted by Pecan Street Inc., Austin Technology Incubator (ATI), Webber Energy Group Clean Energy Venture Summit Climate Leadership Academy (CLA) AURP’s Southwest Regional Meeting NBIA Annual International Conference Global Innovation Summit – “Rainforest” Innovation Ecosystem www.hubofhumaninnovation.org 20 Technology meets Market
    21. 21. How to Apply Application on Hub Website: www.hubofhumaninnovation.org Must meet the following eligibility criteria: Commitment to create, develop, or expand a US business venture with employment in the Region Commitment to ongoing Hub relationship – Not just development of a Business Plan (e.g. for competition) Nature of business must be legal Innovative, scalable business opportunity, preferably with identifiable intellectual property Entrepreneur or inventor serious about the venture (time & resources) Reasonable time to market for products/services (within 3 years) Coachable attitude Acceptable background check ($60 application fee) www.hubofhumaninnovation.org 21 Technology meets Market
    22. 22. Your Opportunities Your Marketplace is GLOBAL!!! Today’s Technologies are REVOLUTIONARY in some parts of the world!! YOUR Business may be SCALABLE!! Paso Del Norte Region is a LOGISTICS MECCA= GATEWAY TO THE AMERICAS!! Articulate and Spread the PdN Region Value Proposition/Story!!! www.hubofhumaninnovation.org 22 Technology meets Market
    23. 23. YOUR Challenges! Be Leaders, Mentors, Champions! Engage and Collaborate! (Stone Soup) Identify and Embrace Regional Assets! Respect Contributions of ALL Sectors! Articulate the Paso del Norte Region’s Story! Spread the PdN Story Globally! Support Entrepreneurs and Incubators in the Region! www.hubofhumaninnovation.org 23 Technology meets Market
    24. 24. How do YOU Eat an Elephant? www.hubofhumaninnovation.org 24
    25. 25. ONE BITE AT A TIME!!!www.hubofhumaninnovation.org 25
    26. 26. CONTACT US! Our Website: www.hubofhumaninnovation.org FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/TheHubEP Also LinkedIn and Twitter… Our People: Ernesto Gamboa, Business Director – Clean Energy ernesto@hubofhumaninnovation.org Nancy Lowery, Assistant Director and Hub TMP Operations Manager nancy@hubofhumaninnovation.org Cathy Swain Executive Director cathy@hubofhumaninnovation.org www.hubofhumaninnovation.org 26 Technology meets Market

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