High Desert Discovery District (HD3) – New Mexico’s privately lead high technology start-up accelerator (www.hddd.org) – New Mexico Consortium and Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC), and the Four Corners Economic Development will partner to host an HD3 Discovery Day™ Feb. 5-6, 2014 in Los Alamos and April 23-24, 2014 in Farmington.
Jaynes Corporation will sponsor the Los Alamos event, and ConocoPhillips will sponsor the Farmington event.
Each Discovery Day will present a new format for this signature HD3 activity to accommodate the region’s distinctive culture, networking desires and innovation base. The New Mexico Consortium and LACDC Discovery Day will offer a new two-day format that will allow for broad participation from Los Alamos County and beyond. The Four Corners Discovery Day will add a golf tournament to its itinerary to enhance the networking among HD3 advisors, investors, innovators the New Mexico business community and other participants.
As with other Discovery Day events, innovators from all over New Mexico are welcome to apply to present their discovery to a highly experienced group of subject matter experts, entrepreneurs, innovators, management experts and investors.
The application deadline to participate in the Los Alamos Discovery Day is Friday, Dec. 20. The application deadline to participate in the Farmington Discovery Day is Friday, March 14, 2014.
Additionally, Dr. Steve Yarbro, LANL chemical engineer and founder/director/chief technology officer of his start-up company Heavy Oil Solutions, Inc., will present “From Concept to Start-Up: Overcoming Obstacles, Making Mental Adjustments and Absorbing Lots of Entrepreneurial Pain on the Journey to Building a Successful Technology Company”, 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 at the New Mexico Consortium’s LARP location, 4200 W. Jemez Road in Los Alamos. Dr. Yarbro presented his technology process at HD3’s first Discovery Day over two years ago. His presentation will explain the HD3 application and commercialization process, describe his lessons learned since becoming an entrepreneur, and answer questions from prospective Discovery Day applicants. For more information about this pre-Discovery Day session, contact Michelle D. Miller at 505-310-5711, Scott Randall at 505-662-0001 or Shannan Yeager at 505-412-6898.
What is Discovery Day?
The purpose of the HD3 Discovery Day is to offer New Mexico innovators the opportunity to vet and discuss their innovation, 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 seven Discovery Days throughout the state. HD3 hosts this signature program with R/D or industry partners 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. For more information about Discovery Day application criterion, visit www.hddd.org.
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 and scientists 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 is “in the trenches” with the innovators and entrepreneurs to drive it toward progress and successful outcomes. HD3 – the difference between a start-up that starts…and a start-up that succeeds. For more information about HD3, visit www.hddd.org.
About New Mexico Consortium
The New Mexico Consortium is a non-profit corporation formed by the University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University and New Mexico Tech to advance scientific research, education and technology transfer in the state of New Mexico. The NMC pursues joint initiatives with LANL in Advanced Computing, Plant Biology, Biomedical Engineering and Modeling and Analysis. Through NMC, the universities and LANL have developed new models to advance scientific discovery in the nation’s interest and increase the impact of scientific research on the local and national economy.
About Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation
The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) works to provide for a viable community, by enabling a sustainable economy. We are a private not-for-profit 501(c)6 organization that has been active in the Los Alamos community since 1983. The LACDC operates multiple, complimentary community economic development programs & activities including Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, Los Alamos Meeting & Visitor Bureau, Los Alamos MainStreet, the UNM-LA Small Business Development Center, Los Alamos Research Park, and business assistance activities. For more information about the LACDC or any of its programs, visit http://chamberorganizer.com/losalamoschamber/mem_lacdc.
About Four Corners Economic Development
Four Corners Economic Development (4CED) is a membership based non-profit organization serving San Juan County, New Mexico in the heart of the Four Corners region. Its goal is to grow and diversify the area economy focusing on six target industries including agriculture, education, energy and manufacturing, health services, location-neutral business, and tourism. 4CED believes enhancing the Four Corners entrepreneurial ecosystem in partnership with organizations like HD3 is critical to its success. For more information on 4CED, visit www.4cornersed.com.