Opening Keynote

Valuable Federal Inventions: Moon Shot Unicorns Waiting to be Tapped!

Wednesday, November 2, 1:00 - 1:50 PM

Speaker(s): Rosemarie Truman

The R&D community is all about disruptive change. But how many great ideas are lost because they don’t make it into the marketplace?

There are 150,000+ federally funded inventions available for further development and commercialization at Universities, Hospitals, Federal labs, and other research institutions. Some of these inventions are highly promising and could produce new drugs, launch new markets, and more.

Statistically, 1.28% or 1,920 of these could be “new unicorns”—a term used to describe a company that is valued at $1 billion within 5 years of launching. What’s more is that if only 6% more per year were transferred into the world, even with an 80% to 95% failure rate, there could a be a 3% to 10% impact on the US GDP—and that would translate to $500 billion to $1.5 trillion in net new GDP. 

How do we connect these inventions to experienced, serial entrepreneurs with the relevant experience?  How do you avoid failure? 

Learn from an expert who has spent decades building first-of-a-kind, award-winning programs to create successful, yet high-risk tech ventures. 

Understand the models of cultivating your ecosystem and launching products into profitable orbits.  

Plus you will also learn about one of the latest programs—the SPACE RACE.  "Space is Big," as was proclaimed by the “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” As of 2016, the dynamics in space startups and investing could indeed be more accurately described as epic!  This is an area that will truly create disruptive changes in all of our lives, with space travel/tourism becoming a reality and asteroid mining right around the corner!