Energetics Technology Center and the Rural Maryland Council are proud to be a sponsor for the 2018 Crab Pot Pitch Contest. Perhaps you’ve heard of the TV show Shark Tank. Well, the Crab Pot is just as intense! Entrepreneurs from all around give their finest pitches for a chance to win the new Tech Commercialization Award and a free year of business incubation. The Speed Round will be held April 12, 2018 at 6PM at Patuxent River Naval Air Museum and the Finals will be held May 10, 2018 at 6PM at Calvert Marine Museum. The contest is hosted by Pax Space and S.M.I.T.

Visit the Crab Pot website for more.

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Workshop — April 19th at the College of Southern MD, Laplata

Southern Maryland Entrepreneurs and Startups Offered Assistance with Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant Proposal Writing

Contact John Millemaci
Telephone 301-645-6637 x709
Email jmillemaci@etcmd.com

Workshop Targets Entrepreneurs and Startups Seeking Technical Writing Assistance on SBIR Grant Proposals

Innovators, entrepreneurs and small business owners struggle to identify critical financial resources to start or launch their ventures. One solution involves a non-dilutive government funding source called the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant. This funding is available at specific times of the year through 11 federal agencies (www.sbir.gov) and is based on a highly competitive proposal process, encouraging U.S. small businesses to engage in federal research and development that is primed for commercialization.

To assist individuals seeking this funding opportunity, the Energetics Technology Center (ETC), in partnership with the Rural Maryland Council (http://rural.maryland.gov/), has designed a workshop to assist and prepare grant writers with their SBIR proposals. The workshop will also introduce individuals to resources available in the community which help entrepreneurs develop and move these technologies toward commercialization and product sales.

The program is open to all potential grant proposal writers. Guest speakers from the Department of Navy SBIR offices, the Southern Region Small Business Development Center, and an ETC Entrepreneur-in-Residence will provide information regarding grant writing best practices. The SBIR Workshop is scheduled for April 19 from 8:30a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and will be held at the College of Southern Maryland in La Plata. The program is free of charge, but registration is required.

For additional information or to register for the SBIR Workshop, go to:

Energetics Technology Center (ETC) provides research, engineering services, and policy development capabilities to government, academia, and private industry clients, as well as technology-based incubation and commercialization services through its TechFire® program. ETC, incorporated in 2006, is 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, with a charter to promote the development of science and engineering activities, has incubator facilities located in Southern Maryland and Montgomery County, MD.

Click below to view a pdf version of our upcoming SBIR Workshop event flyer:

Partnership and Licensing Opportunities Featured at the Navy Innovation Marketplace

Navy Technology Transfer Offices from Naval Air Warfare Centers and Indian Head collaborate to showcase photonics, firearms training and safety and sensor technologies at the Navy Innovation Marketplace on Feb. 7 at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center.

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Calling all corporate executives, capital providers, private equity groups, investment banks and anyone interested in new technologies from regional Navy labs.

Join Energetics Technology Center for the Navy Innovation Marketplace – an event featuring researchers and scientists from the Naval Air Warfare Centers – Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) and Weapons Division (NAWCWD) and Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (IHEODTD). The event will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center.

This showcase will highlight U.S. Navy technologies currently available for license and/or partnerships. Technology groups represented include Photonics, Firearms Training and Safety and Sensors. The event will consist of technology pitches and presentations given by government researchers, inventors and scientists, all showcasing their innovative solutions to warfighter challenges while showing commercial applications for their designs.

“Researchers at NAWCAD generate groundbreaking inventions that not only benefit the warfighter, but often have commercial applications as well, improving the way we live, work and play on a daily basis,” stated Ms. Leslie Taylor, Executive Director, NAWCAD.

Mr. Ashley Johnson, Technical Director, IHEODTD added, “Technology transfer is the process by which these inventions are transformed into products in the marketplace, and we welcome investors and entrepreneurs who are interested in partnering with us through cooperative agreements or licensing.”

Keynote speakers for the event include TEDCO CEO George Davis. TEDCO helps transform innovative technology and life science businesses into high growth companies and provides entrepreneurs with capital, connections, and coaching. Davis will focus on tools for entrepreneurs who want to take advantage of these technologies from the federal labs.

The lunchtime keynote speaker, Dr. Charles Daitch, is the CEO and founder of Akonni Biosystems, a company that has grown through successful licensing of government technology. Dr. Daitch will provide insight to what is required of potential investors and how best to work through the technology readiness levels, ultimately leading to commercialization.

The program ends at 4:00 p.m. and all attendees are welcome and encouraged to tour St. Mary’s County’s new incubator, TechPort, at the regional airport complex. Tours and a reception will follow at TechPort.

Headquartered in St. Charles, Maryland, Energetics Technology Center provides research and engineering services, and policy development capabilities to government, academia, and private industry clients.  ETC incorporated in 2006 as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, with a charter to promote the development of science and engineering activities in Southern Maryland.  ETC’s focus is to engage in technology activities, which support the country’s future national security posture and the public interest.

The cost of the program is $25.  Lunch is included.  For more information and to register for the event, visit https://navyshowcase.eventbrite.com.

July 21, 2017

Media Contact:
Katie Seely-Gant
(kseelygant@etcmd.com/ (301) 645-6637)

Silver Spring, Md. (7/21/17) –   On arlshowcaseTuesday, June 27th, business owners, prospective entrepreneurs and federal researchers gathered at Energetics Technology Center’s TechFire® incubator in White Oak to explore technologies available for license, and other R&D partnership and commercialization opportunities with scientists and engineers from the Army Research Laboratory (ARL). The event was co-sponsored by the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC).

Located adjacent to the FDA campus in White Oak, ARL’s mission is to “discover, innovate, and transition science and technology to ensure dominant strategic land power”. ARL has a rich history of partnerships with industry and academia, and is an ardent supporter of technology transfer to the private sector in order to benefit both the warfighter and the nation. In 2013, ARL launched a new Open Campus Program which seeks to facilitate interactions and collaborations between ARL scientists and engineers in order to spur innovation and support small businesses and start-ups through increased licensing and collaboration opportunities.

During the technology showcase, ARL’s researchers presented their lab’s work and capabilities related to 3-D holographic and polarimetric imaging, micro-robotics/micro-actuators, cold spray technologies, and other technologies available for commercialization. A networking lunch followed, providing attendees the chance to network with ARL researchers and discuss possible collaborations and research synergies.

“To diversify our local economy, and promote innovation and entrepreneurship, we need to leverage our resources, and ARL is one of our region’s truly outstanding assets,” said David Petr, CEO of the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC).  MCEDC is the county’s newly privatized economic development organization, and is a co-sponsor of the event.

The workshop was held at ETC’s TechFire® incubator facility to provide private sector partners the opportunity to learn about the business support services available to entrepreneurs, technology start-ups, and small businesses. Additionally, the event included representatives from state-wide organizations to describe the mentoring, funding and networking opportunities available to technology start-ups across Maryland.

“ETC is excited to host networking events like this that are critical to both the region, and to the mission of organizations like ARL”, said Bob Kavetsky, CEO of ETC.

To learn more about working with ARL to further your research or business goal, visit the Technology Outreach Portal at: www.arl.army.mil/technologyoutreach


Integrated RF-Photonics
Specialty Electronic Materials and Sensors Cleanroom (SEMASC)
Small-Particle Imaging with Digital Holography
Hyperbranched Polymers for Functional Surfaces
Mulkern Technology Showcase
Mozingo ARL Tech & Commercialization Showcase
Cold Spray Materials Manufacturing
Completely Passive 3D Imaging
Piezoelectric Microelectromechanical Systems

Energetics Technology Center (ETC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and development organization with a goal to support and catalyze the vibrant science and technology community in Maryland. With locations in Silver Spring (White Oak) and Indian Head, ETC delivers multidisciplinary scientific, engineering, commercialization, and analytic services which support unique solutions to our nation’s most challenging problems. For more information, visit our website at www.etcmd.com. To learn more about technology available for licensing and other collaborative research opportunities with the Army Research Laboratory, visit www.arl.army.mil/technologyoutreach.

The Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) is the official public-private organization representing Montgomery County, Md. The organization was created in 2016 to help businesses start, grow and exceed expectations by helping them gain access to top talent, business and market intelligence and prime locations. For more information, visit our website at www.thinkmoco.comFollow us on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.


From http://www.dcmilitary.com/

Energetics Technology Center “Techfire” Technology Business Incubation Program

Kim Mozingo, the Techfire program manager at the Energetics Technology Center, continued the technology theme.

“I think this is perfect that we are presenting on the heels of the SMTTPP presentation,” Mozingo said. “It feeds right into what we are all trying to accomplish in the region.”

Mozingo shared that Bob Kavetsky, the president and executive director at the Energetics Technology Center, recognized in 2013 that the southern Maryland region had a lot of intellectual property and thought it could be “fodder for start-ups;” he began to seek out ways to facilitate those start-ups by creating the Techfire Incubation program.

The organization receives funding from the Charles County Economic Development Department and has a memorandum of understanding with the College of Southern Maryland; with three entrepreneurs-in-residence, the program is focused on creating technology companies.

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