The White House Emerging Technologies Committee Lays Out Principles for Guidance

The White House Emerging Technologies Interagency Policy Coordination Committee (ETIPC) has released a memorandum (  to the heads of executive departments and agencies outlining broad principles to guide the development and implementation of policies for oversight of emerging technologies at the agency level.   

The Principles reflect the Committee’s goal of striking a balance in which novel technologies are subject to oversight that is adequate to protect public health and the environment but not so daunting as to unduly slow innovation or the development of those new technologies.

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The America Invents Act of 2011

The Senate has begun debate on the America Invents Act of 2011, the first major change to the U.S. patent system in over 60 years, The Senate bill is sponsored by Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Hatch and another top Republican on the panel, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa.

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy On S. 23, the America Invents Act, March 1, 2011.

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The Showcase@WBT

World class mentoring for emerging investors and licensees, for investors and licensees 

The Showcase represents up to 100 companies and technologies selected to present products or technologies that are market-ready and seeking startup, seed stage/first round capital, or corporate licensing partners. 

The WBT sources, screens, and mentors companies and technologies emerging from universities, federal labs, and the private sector. These companies and technologies, which vary by industry sector, geography, funding source, and type of research institution, are vetted by a national screening panel of over 80 venture investors and Fortune 1000 licensees. All selected presenters are matched with a two person mentor team in preparation for a concise, 6-minute investor/licensee-oriented presentation. 

The deadline to submit a technology or company to be a part of the Showcase is in December, and the 100 technologies are announced in late January. Over the past 8 years the WBT has worked with over 500 companies and technologies preparing them for venture capital and licensing partners.


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The Texas Emerging Technology Fund
North Texas Regional Center for Innovation and Commercialization (NTXRCIC)


The Texas Emerging Technology Fund (ETF) was established as an investment fund for technology-based start-up ventures with the objective of fostering research initiatives among the state's institutions of higher learning and encourage the development of "next generation" innovative, competitive technology companies in the State of Texas. The ETF is for Texas-based companies that will commercialize a breakthrough technology.

The North Texas Regional Center for Innovation & Commercialization (NTXRCIC) is the regional agent for the North Texas area that identifies vets and coaches ETF applicants from 63 counties and an estimated population of 7.5 million. 

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National Business Incubation Association (NBIA)

25th International Conference on Business Incubation
Riding the Wave of Innovation
April 10-13, 2011. San Jose, CA

Annual gathering of incubation practitioners and economic development professionals gathering to explore strategies for entrepreneur support. For those who are new to incubation, the conference provides an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of business incubation and interact with others in the industry. For advanced incubator managers, the event provides a vehicle to meet up with old friends and take home new techniques to assist clients and run successful incubation programs . 

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AURP iParks Webinars

Dedicated to providing premier education and professional development opportunities, AURP presents iParks Webinars, a comprehensive, interactive community of innovation - online! iParks Webinars bring the world's innovation leaders straight to your desktop, covering a broad range of topics that Communities of Innovation around the world can implement in their parks. Join us for our upcoming Webinars or visit the iParks Archive for Webinars On Demand. New to Webinars? Contact AURP at 520-529-2727 with any questions or to schedule a demo.  (