The Cleantech Open, the world’s largest accelerator for clean technology start ups, hosted a regional networking event last week to discuss the challenges and opportunities for investors and entrepreneurs to do business with Lawrence Livermore and Sandia national laboratories.
The event at the Livermore Valley Open Campus (LVOC), which is a joint initiative between both labs, drew an audience of 121 that included the private sector, lab researchers and economic development administrators. It consisted of two panel discussions on moving lab technologies to the market place, followed by a networking session.
Both laboratories, which cosponsored the event with the i-GATE Innovation Hub, have clean energy technologies for which they would like to find commercial partners to develop further.
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U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell gave opening remarks at the event. He said clean technology is important for region’s economy and that more partnerships should be formed between the public and private sectors.
The panel Discussion members are, from left: Brandon Cardwell, VP of i-GATE Innovation Hub, Brian Steel, cop direct of Cleatech to Market program, Rob Lamkin of Cool Earth Solar, Andy McIlroy, Sandia’s senior manager of the Livermore Valley Open Campus, and Betsy Cantwell, director of Economic Development at LLNL.