The High Desert Discovery District (HD3)―New Mexico’s first privately-led high technology start-up accelerator―and the Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) have announced that they will co-host Innovation and Discovery in Energy and Water: HD3 Discovery Day™―Aug. 11-12.
This two-day HD3 signature event will be at the SFCC campus in Santa Fe.
“Innovations in energy and water are some of the more intriguing and forward-facing developments taking place in New Mexico today, “ SFCC President Randy Grissom said. “We are very excited to host Discovery Day, as SFCC has become an innovation station for water management, aquaponics, solar, biofuels and other renewables―advancements that are critical to the future.”
As with other Discovery Day events, innovators from all over New Mexico are invited to apply to present their innovation, discovery or start-up opportunity to a highly-experienced group of subject matter experts, business achievers, entrepreneurs, innovators, management experts and investors.
This Discovery Day will focus on innovation and discovery on energy (e.g. fossil fuel-production and innovation, oil field services, renewables, energy storage, conservation, etc.) and water (e.g. produced water, desalination and water treatment, conservation, irrigation, etc).
Discovery Day will provide a forum to energy and water innovators/entrepreneurs and others within the national DOE laboratories and air force laboratories located in New Mexico; faculty, graduate level and undergraduate students in New Mexico’s universities and trade and community colleges; and any other New Mexico entrepreneur with a strong, market-based discovery.
“Energy and water are core to the New Mexico economy. These fields are also core to the entrepreneurial economy. HD3 hopes to identify the most promising innovations that can be commercialized into growth companies that positively impact our state to create jobs and wealth,” stated Michelle D. Miller, founder and CEO of HD3.
The application deadline to participate in Innovation and Discovery in Energy and Water: HD3 Discovery Day™ is Friday, July 24.
For more information about Discovery Day application criterion, visit www.hddd.org.
All Discovery Day presenters are invited to attend the HD3 Networking Cocktail Reception and Casual Supper―an HD3 tradition to gather together presenters, panelists, hosts, sponsors and special guests socially the evening before Discovery Day.
What is Discovery Day?
The purpose of the HD3 Discovery Day is to offer New Mexico innovators and entrepreneurs the opportunity to vet and discuss their innovation or opportunity (‘discovery’), their challenges, strategy and market promise in front of a highly experienced group of business achievers.
Each HD3 advisor has extensive experience in matching technology opportunities with needs in the marketplace, product development, investment strategy, marketing and sales, management, valuations and exits. In addition to their experience, each advisor also brings a wide international network of contacts and resources that are tapped to accelerate the most promising discoveries.
Each presentation and discussion time is limited to 30 minutes, and all panel presentations are conducted in a private setting to allow for the maximum of sensitive and proprietary business and technological information to be shared; and a fluidity of discussion, strategy and suggestions to occur.
All Discovery Day discussions remain confidential.
Since its founding, HD3 has hosted 12 Discovery Day events throughout the state. Known as New Mexico’s “Shark Tank”, HD3 co-hosts this signature program with R/D, industry partners or economic development entities across New Mexico.
Between 12-15 are typically selected to present based on the list of criteria developed by HD3. The evening prior to Discovery Day, a social gathering for the selected presenters and the HD3 advisors is hosted.
The High Desert Discovery District (HD3) is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to identifying and commercializing technology projects in New Mexico.
HD3 manages and drives the process of innovation―building New Mexico growth companies based on cutting-edge national laboratory, university research and other discoveries lead by technologists, scientists and other innovators unassociated with labs or universities. HD3 provides a forum and a methodology for entrepreneurs, scientists, innovators and technologists to be heard and their discovery to be understood by a highly-experienced group of business strategists, successful entrepreneurs and management executives and investors seeking to contribute their own knowledge and experience toward the improvement of the New Mexico entrepreneurial economy.
Once a promising, market-validated discovery is identified, HD3 accelerates the discovery and sits “in the trenches” with the founders, innovators and entrepreneurs to drive it toward progress and successful outcomes. In 2015, HD3 founded the High Desert Angels, its sister organization to finance New Mexico start-ups. HD3―the difference between a start-up that starts … and a start-up thatsucceeds.
About Santa Fe Community College
For more than 30 years, Santa Fe Community College has been the gateway to success for individuals and the community by providing affordable, high quality educational programs that serve the social, cultural, technological and economic needs of a diverse community. SFCC is designated a “Best for Vets” school and a “2015 Military Friendly” school. The college serves more than 15,000 students per year in its credit, noncredit and adult programs.