Commercialization of Micro, Nano, and
Emerging Technologies

JW Marriott Houston, Houston, TX, USA

August 28 – 31, 2016
August 28 – 30, 2016


Young Technology Award Contest and Boot Camp



COMS features a boot camp specifically targeted to meet the needs of early-stage, high-tech entrepreneurial efforts to develop and commercialize emerging technologies. This boot camp is an informal, intimate setting where new startups pitch their idea to an audience of seasoned entrepreneurs, economic development professionals and venture capitalists, and receive practical advice and constructive feedback. The top entry will receive the Young Technology Award Jury Prize of $5,000Runners-up will receive $500 prizes.

The will be limited number of participating companies. To be considered as a presenter, you must provide a 400-650-word abstract describing:

  • Your product or service and the problem it solves
  • Target customers and potential distribution channels
  • Your distinct advantage in the competitive environment
  • Your team and their qualifications
  • Your top 1 or 2 topic areas (some examples in the list below)

Topic areas include but may not be limited to:

  • Understanding and bounding a commercially important problem
    • The role of drivers rather than markets in this process
    • Concept to commercialization vs. problem to product
  • How to manage value creation vs. cash flow
    • Marketing a company vs. marketing a product.
  • A good opportunity does not make it necessarily a good opportunity for you
    • Team, qualifications & examples Eclipse, Dosimetrix, Coke, Corning
  • Understanding profitability with radical and incremental innovation
    • Both provide value great potential but need differing techniques
  • Create your current value proposition
    • Recognizing the technological, market or transactional opportunity or
    • A combination of above
  • Operational and the question of a portfolio entrepreneur
    • Firm and industrial value chain issues (open innovations) and firm innovation process

If your abstract qualifies for presentation, you will be notified by Friday, July 1, and you will need to prepare a 10-minute PowerPoint presentation for the boot camp.