Whiteboard2Boardroom Showcases Twelve Homegrown Innovations to Kansas City Community
Whiteboard2Boardroom hosted its first Technology Snapshots event earlier in the year featuring 12 homegrown innovations from eight universities, hospitals and corporations. The event was held at the Kauffman Foundation for a select, invitation-only audience. Whiteboard2Boardroom is part of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Innovation Center and provides a link between regional innovations and commercialization opportunities.
Technology Snapshots was designed to introduce local entrepreneurs and corporations to innovations that are prepped for commercialization. “We hope that these presentations will activate the network, and that we’ll be able to create growth companies by connecting these innovations with people who have the passion and expertise to drive them forward,” said James Baxendale, director of Whiteboard2Boardroom.
Feedback from both attendees and presenters has been quite positive:
“I was particularly pleased to meet entrepreneurs who are curious about technical advancements and serious about commercializing new technologies,” says Brett Maland, who works in licensing and business development at the University of Missouri-Columbia. ”I also liked the format because it allowed for the folks presenting technical advancements to briefly explain their technology, which was followed by thoughtful discussions as the entrepreneurs then had an opportunity to speak to the technology presenters about the business case for the various technologies. I met a handful of entrepreneurs who were willing to help commercialize and who also have the experience and expertise to make major contributions to the commercialization effort.”
“The event was well organized. The schedule was adhered to and the speakers really delivered clear, crisp descriptions of their concepts and their ‘asks’,” shares Jim Wadella, managing member, Core Catalysts. ”Many of the ideas were tested while some had real customer traction established. Great to see events like this in Kansas City to further expand the entrepreneurism efforts in our area. The universities and major companies presenting were top notch.”
“The W2B Snapshot was an outstanding opportunity for local inventors, scientists, entrepreneurs & investors to interact and understand current opportunities to collaborate...ultimately pushing the project to realization/monetization,” says Jesse Beaudin, co-founder of Tier 1 Performance Corporation.
More importantly, several presenters have reported significant connections, including one between Kansas State University and a Kansas City area manufacturing company.
The innovations included:
Children’s Mercy Kansas City–Astrolabe
Honeywell–Miniature Kelvin Contact and Rapid Printed Circuit Board Prototyping
Kansas State University–Direct Drive Wind Turbine Circuit Topology and Nanopatterned Surfaces for Increased Liquid Recovery
Missouri Science & Technology–Zant Systems
University of Kansas–Low-Cost Environmentally-Friendly Hydrogen and Oxygen Production and Piezoelectric Composites for Spinal Fusion
University of Missouri–Columbia–Panacea’s Cloud and iSocial
University of Missouri–Kansas City (UMKC)–Agriculture Filtering
Led by the UMKC Innovation Center, a National Science Foundation Partnership for Innovation grant created the Whiteboard2Boardroom program (W2B) as a partnership between four regional schools–UMKC, University of Kansas, Johnson County Community College and William Jewell College. It has since expanded to include numerous universities, hospitals and corporations in the bi-state region.
W2B is a team effort that includes research partners that provide the new technologies; technology transfer offices that collect technologies from research partners and help with initial assessment and IP issues; entrepreneurs with a depth of expertise and experience in different technical domains that utilize a variety of business models; W2B staff members who serve as "match-makers"; and service providers such as the Small Business Technology and Development Center and KCSourceLink resource partners
that assist with business connections to facilitate startup development. Learn more in the Whiteboard2Boardroom 2016 Annual Report