Registration Now Open For 2017 Inventors Workshop

Registration Now Open For 2017 Inventors Workshop


SOCORRO, N.M. February 9, 2017 – Registration is now open for New Mexico Tech’s Inventors and Entrepreneurs Workshop. The event returns for a second year April 7 and 8, with a new line-up of high-octane speakers and panelists.


The two-day event will again culminate with New Mexico Tech’s own “Wolves’ Den,” which is similar to the popular Shark Tank television show. Inventors will present their ideas to a panel of successful, experienced investors and entrepreneurs.


This year’s theme is “From Your Idea to Product to Market.” Speakers and panelists are coming from Silicon Valley, New York, and around New Mexico. Registration is now open at http://management.nmt.edu/invent/. Students can register for $25; seniors and veterans for $45; and $75 for all others who register before March 10.


Event co-organizer and management professor Dr. Peter Anselmo said the event committee has put together an exciting slate of speakers. The event attracted more than 150 attendees last year and he expects to have many more this year.


“We were overwhelmed by the positive response from our first Inventor’s  Workshop last year,” said Anselmo, who is also the executive director of the new Center for Technology Commercialization at NMT. “This event offers excellent instruction for budding entrepreneurs and inventors who need guidance on how to take their intellectual property to market. This event is not just unique to New Mexico, but it’s also an innovative effort nationally as well.”


The Wolves’ Den competition, which requires an application (details on the website) is open to all New Mexico students, NMT alumni, and Socorro County residents. To apply to be a presenter or to register to attend, visit the website at http://management.nmt.edu/invent/. The deadline to apply to present is March 10. 


The basis for the Wolves’ Den is intellectual property (IP). All presenting inventors will be showcasing commercialization ideas that are built around IP that is either protected or protectable.

The event kicks off Friday, April 7, with three keynote talks and two panel discussions. Dr. Raul Deju, Tech graduate and highly successful entrepreneur, will deliver the first keynote address, titled “Developing a University Innovation Factory.”


The first panel is “How Do You Know When/If You Have a Great Idea.”  This panel will how to evaluate new ideas and the factors to consider before taking each step in the business development process

The second panel of experts is “Making a Dream Come True: From Idea to Product.” The discussion will center on the key steps in going from idea to initial prototype or first iteration of a design or idea.


Friday’s schedule will also feature three “New Mexico Success Stories.” Speakers will be Dr. Frank Etscorn, inventor of the nicotine patch, David Gonzales, CEO of Bison Oil, and Mark McCausland, president and CEO of Ultramain Systems.


After a Western barbecue dinner, participants will be treated to a special keynote address from Bill Reichert, director and co-founder of Garage Technology ventures, a seed-stage venture capital fund. Reichert’s firm invests in “unproven teams attacking unproven markets with unproven solutions.” The session on Saturday, April 8, starts with a panel discussion on “Creating Your Own Future: Partners? Licenses? Funding?” 


The main event – the Wolves’ Den – kicks off at 11 a.m. Presenters will be competing for funding and/or legal in-kind services that may be used to advance their innovation to commercialization. The Wolves’ Den panel is set to consist of six members who are prominent investors and early- stage commercialization experts who come from New Mexico, New York City, and Palo Alto, Calif.


Norman Smith, Ph.D., will present the closing talk. Smith has founded nine successful start-ups over 30 years, raising $250 million in start-up funding.

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