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  • 1. COMMUNICATING INNOVATIONMIT XPrize Workshop: Energy Innovation Challenges In the Developing World 7 November 2011 G. Nagesh Rao

2. GNRS PROFESSIONALBACKGROUND Starbucks Coffee Jockey (01-03) RPI Office of Technology Commercialization (02-04) Mirzayan S&T Fellow at The National Academies (04) US Department of Commerce- USPTO/CLDP/EDA (04-11) Startup America NACIE i6 Green ChallengeProfessional Science Humanitarian IP Program PT-Student OnGreen- Director of Biz-Dev & Govt Policy (11) LawBusiness Publicbeat- Board of Advisors (11) 3. FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS PERSPECTIVEHigh Tech Growth EntrepreneurshipPriority of the Obama AdministrationPublic/Private Models (Policy Push)Startup America (PR Umbrella Federal Interagency Push)Prize Incentivization Mechanism (ProgrammaticEndeavors) Challenge.gov i6 Grant Program ERIC Jobs & Accelerator Program DOE National University Clean Energy Business Plan Competition Humanitarian IP 4. USGs Interest in PrizesValidated policy mechanismTool in the toolkit- Seeds to enableinnovative-creative clusters across the USSafe low cost bets (McKinsey Report And the Winner Is: Capturing the Promise of Philanthropic Prizes-2009) 5. UNDERLYINGMOTIVATING FACTORS PRIDELOVEMONEY 6. THE CHALLENGEFederal Agencies balance of priorities White House Policy Congressional Mandated statutory authoritiesAppropriate key stakeholders?Communication in a level-handed manner FFO (comprehensive yet pithy) Webinars FAQsEnsuring long-term continuityAvoiding political pitfalls and spats 7. THE FRAMEWORKWhat is the problem?Why are you seeking a solution?Who is the targeted audience and beneficiary?How do you plan to implement this challenge?What obstacles should you keep in mind?What is the end goal? 8. DOE National University Clean Energy Business Plan CompetitionApply the framework 9. Launch: Energy Apply the framework 10. Humanitarian IP Apply the framework 11. i6 and i6 GreenApply the frameworkNext set of slides showcasean example of USGs formatand style of communicatingthis innovative endeavor 12. Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship i6 Green Challenge Webinar March 21, 2011 13. THE PRESIDENTunleashing innovation is an essential componentof a comprehensive economic strategy.-President Barack Obama13 14. THE PARTNERSA new $12M Innovation Competition The i6 Green is designed to promote collaboration by requiring team formation around existing regional infrastructure, technologies and human capital, while allowing the creation of new support networks that showcase the regions competitive advantages. Proposals should: Incorporate ideas that address the varying needs of local regions Outline plans that can be fully implemented within a 2-yeartimeframe Be project-ready and fully leverage regional competitive advantages Demonstrate widespread commitment from impacted communities Have a significant, positive economic impact on their region14 15. THE PARTNERSi6 Green Challenge Economic Development Administration will lead the effort by awardingup to $1 million to each 6 six regional teams with the most innovativeideas to drive green technology commercialization and entrepreneurship Department of Energy: Up to $2 million for energy related investments Environment Protection Agency: Up to $700k to support technologyfocusing on public health and environmental protection National Science Foundation: Conduct external peer review of proposalsfrom each EDA region, with winners eligible for additional NSF funds U.S. Department of Agriculture: Up to $600k in funding technologicalresearch activities to foster green and sustainable technologies 15 16. THE CHALLENGE About the Challenge EDA is funding through Global Climate Change Mitigation Incentive Fund Created to reward the most innovative ideas that drive green technology commercialization and entrepreneurship Broad participation encouraged by different stakeholders including universities, entrepreneurs, Small Business Innovation Research grantees, private development organizations, for-profit organizations, state and local governments, etc Awards made in each of the six EDA regional offices: Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia, Seattle Awards will be made on merit, feasibility and impact16 17. PROOF OF CONCEPT CENTERSProof of Concept Centers Bridging the Innovation GapCommercial ResearchEnterprise/ Industry Catalysts Marketplace Idea exchange Public OutreachSeed FundingMentoringEducationalPrograms17 18. WHO CAN APPLY?Applicants Project PartnersAny individual or entity*Universities(Including for-profits) committing Entrepreneurs resources including: FinancialCapital; Human Capital;Private Infrastructure; etc.OrganizationsSBIR GranteesProject partnerships will be valued as a significant part of the overallvalue of the application.Economic Other Development Organizations Organizations*EDA is not authorized to provide grantsdirectly to individuals or for-profit entities.18 19. INNOVATION AREASEligible Projects Renewable Energy: projects that support the development, production, or useof energy derived from renewable resources Energy Efficiency: projects that support a large-scale reduction in energyproduction or consumption Manufacturing: projects that support process innovations that utilize greentechnology and improve efficiency while reducing pollution Reuse/Recycling: projects that support the reuse of given products, orproduce a new or innovative product from recyclable materials Green Building: projects that facilitate technological advances, processes, andmaterials that minimize environmental and public health impacts of buildingsover their lifecycles Restoration: projects that support ecosystem restoration and other activitiesthat protect and revitalize natural and cultural systems19 20. CRITERIA FOR SUCCESSEDAs i6 Green projects will be evaluated on:Personnel Qualifications and Resources: Qualified personnel; Education and accomplishment; Previous performance; Quality of partners; Appropriateness of facilities; Access to VC/Angel investorsImpact: Wide regional quantifiable benefits; Enhance infrastructure; ReplicabilityLong-term: Financial resources to sustain; Self-sustainingFeasibility: Coherent plan; Sound strategy; Adequate financial resources; Multi-stakeholder commitment; Strong human capitalConcepts: ID Problems/needs; Creative & new models; Understanding regional challenges; Develop a roadmap; Utilize Proof of Concept Center 20 21. REVIEW PROCESS1) Regional Review2) Interagency Review Panel Initial screening for Panel of Federal employees from completeness and eligibility partner agencies Initial Merit reviewJudging on evaluation criteria listed in Identify 10 apps per region FFOIdentify top 5 applications per region3) Merit Review by NSF PeerNSF external peer review panel 4) Joint Selection Committee ReviewJudging on evaluation criteria Seniorofficials from DOC, EPA, USDAlisted in FFO DOE and NSFSummary and recs to SelectionReview apps & prior recsCommittee Make recs to Selecting OfficialSelecting Official: Regional DirectorEDA i6 Challenge Winners21 22. REQUIREMENTS & ADDENDA1) All Applications Must Submit a Letter of Intent Due May 02, 2011 to i6@eda.doc.gov Such a letter is NOT binding, but IS required, and must contain: Applicants names & affiliations How funding will be used Potential team members and/or partners. Description of budget and scope of work Outline of plan for increasing commercialization Description of current funding through EDA, EPA,DOE, USDA/NIFA, and NSF (applicants and co-applicants)2) Final Application Deadline: May 26, 20113) Complete Package downloadable at: www.grants.gov (Funding Opportunity Number: I6GREENEDA031011)4) Electronic Submission @ Grants.gov onlyAlso See section IV. C. of the FFO 22 23. CONTACTSEDA Contacts Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Applicants) Nagesh Rao || nrao@eda.doc.gov || 202.482.1737 Alexander Nicholas|| anicholas@eda.doc.gov || 202.482.6252 Office of Public Affairs (Press) Lindsey Pangretic|| lpangretic@eda.doc.gov || 202.482.2477 Office of External Affairs (State/Local Governments) Ian Martinez|| imartinez@eda.doc.gov || 202.482.384523 24. CONCLUSIONFocusfocusfocusdefine your end goalAddress all issuesKnow your audienceNo question is dumbKeep it pithyEmbrace controversy but stay above nonsensical frayNever give up 25. QUESTIONS?