Tri-Cities Tech Business Update
This monthly e-mailed update contains news, opportunities, upcoming events, and other information about Mid-Columbia tech businesses and the organizations that support them.
March 2014 Issue
Tech Opportunities and Resources
Crowdfunding for Science Research
Have you heard of the crowdfunding platform specifically for research scientists? On Experiment.com, U.S. researchers post information about science projects needing funding, and anyone can fund them. Read more ...
Seeking Small Business Award Nominees
The Mid-Columbia Small Business of the Year Awards Banquet is seeking nominations and sponsors for 2014. "Intent to nominate" forms must be submitted by 5 pm on March 14. The final nomination deadline is March 28 by 5 pm. This year, there's a new lower sponsorship level, the Entrepreneurial Spirit Society. It's $100 and includes banquet admission and recognition in the awards program. Read more and download nomination packets or sponsorship information ...
Cross-Agency Program Seeks Environmental R&D Proposals
The Department of Defense's Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program is seeking to fund environmental research and development proposals. The program invests across the broad spectrum of basic and applied research, as well as advanced development. The core solicitation provides funding in varying amounts for multi-year projects. Proposals for exploratory development (innovative approaches, one-year projects) are due March 11. Read more ...
Life Sciences Discovery Fund Proof of Concept Grant
The Life Sciences Discovery Fund has increased the total allocation for the 2013-2014 Proof of Concept Granting Program to up to $4.5 million. Grants provide up to $250,000 each to enhance the commercial viability of health-related technologies or concepts developed by non-profit organizations, or enhance the competitiveness of early-stage companies for private equity investment. The last cycle of 2013-2014 begins with pre-proposals that are due May 7, 2014. Read more...
Tech Dates and Deadlines
Mass Spec Workshop
March 10-11. The "Proton Transfer Reaction-Mass Spectrometer Workshop on Air, Breath and Gas Monitoring for Volatile Organic Compounds," sponsored by the RJ Lee Group and Ionicon, is March 10-11 at the Columbia Basin College, Pasco, Washington. The free workshop will describe new mass spectrometry applications for mass spec instruments such as vapor intrusion, pesticide drift, explosives detection and litigation support, and traditional applications such as breath analysis, atmosphere science, and aroma/flavor detection and quantification. Read more and register online.
March 13. The Alliance Northwest Conference, the largest government-to-business networking event in the Pacific Northwest, is March 13 at the Puyallup Fair and Events Center, Puyallup, Washington. Read more and register ...
Startup Weekend Tri-Cities
March 14-16. The second Startup Weekend Tri-Cities is March 14-16 at Washington State University Tri-Cities in Richland. Attendees will pitch their startup business ideas, form teams, create business models, present to local entrepreneurial leaders, and receive feedback. Top teams receive prizes including business assistance from local organizations. Last year's event launched several new businesses and expanded the Tri-Cities' entrepreneurial network. Earlybird pricing is in effect until February 28. Sign up now for Pitch Night and the Last-Minute Pitch Lunch. Read more and register ...
Building a Fundable Company
Starts March 18. Keiretsu Forum Academy presents its series on "Building A Fundable Company" in Seattle, Washington. Courses include "Ramping Up Your Startup" (March 18), "Building Business Momentum" (March 25), "Preparing for Funding" (April 1) and "Funding QuestTM Workshop" (April 8). Read more and register. ..
Government Contracting 101
March 19. Learn how to sell your products or services to the local, state, and federal government at "Government Contracting 101." This free seminar is March 19 from 9 - 10:30 am at the Tri-Cities Business and Visitor Center in Kennewick, Washington. Read more and register ...
Industry Day at the Corps of Engineers
March 25. A free event, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Walla Walla District Industry Day, is March 25 from 9 am to 4:30 pm at the Marcus Whitman Hotel in Walla Walla, Washington. Read more and register...
2014 Innovation Summit
April 3. The 2014 Innovation Summit is April 3 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It's for entrepreneurs who are starting or expanding a high-tech business. Attendees will learn about forming businesses, seeking financing, establishing intellectual property positions, and searching for technical solutions at national laboratories and research universities. The event is presented by Technology Ventures Corporation. Read more and register ...
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Tri-Cities Tech Business Update is published by the Economic Development Office at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Each month, we send you an e-mail message, giving you the link of news, tips, awards, upcoming events, and other information about local technology-based businesses and organizations that support them. With business and community partners, our goal is to build and diversify the Tri-Cities economy—adding skilled jobs in primary-sector industries that bring in outside dollars. Currently, more than 1,100 tech-related businesses, investors, and economic development stakeholders subscribe to the newsletter, mostly in the Mid-Columbia area and the rest of the Pacific Northwest. This newsletter (RL-P00-009) supports DOE-Richland's vision for the future of the Hanford Site and surrounding area through the creation of research opportunities, new industries, and new business clusters