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TechWalk 2014 - Attendee Information
Event Info:
Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Time: 12:00p - 8:00p
Location: Cross Insurance Center, 515 Main St, Bangor, ME
The theme of TechWalk 2014 is Connecting Through Technology and nearly 100 MTI portfolio
companies will exhibit their innovative technologies at TechWalk. In addition, several business
organizations that support the growth and development of Maine businesses will be present.
TechWalk is the event for Maine companies to showcase their innovative technologies and for MTI
to showcase the impact of its investment in Maine for Maine. A significant part of TechWalk 2014
is the Blackstone Accelerates Growth 3rd Anniversary
luncheon, which will feature Victor Hwang, founder of
T2 Venture Creations, as keynote speaker. Mr. Hwang’s
keynote address is titled The Pine Tree Rainforest: Building
the Innovation Ecosystem of Maine, and it should not be missed. Registration
prior to the event is required so please reserve your space early. After lunch Mr.
Hwang will hold a special workshop titled The Pine Tree Rainforest Laboratory.
In addition, TechWalk 2014 will host a series of workshops and Connect with
Experts one-on-one meetings for attendees. Registration is required for most
events and space is limited so please register early.
• Registration for MTI’s TechWalk and the workshops is FREE!
• Registration for the Blackstone Accelerates Growth 3rd Anniversary Luncheon is available for a
small fee. See registration site for details.
Register Today at:
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12:00p – 2:00p
Blackstone Accelerates Growth 3rd Anniversary
Luncheon at MTI with keynote address by
Victor Hwang, principal of T2 Venture Creations titled The Pine Tree
Rainforest: Building the Innovation Ecosystem of Maine
2:00p – 5:00p
2:00pm – 2:50pm The Real Secrets to Success in the Marketplace
3:00pm – 3:50pm Business Model Innovation
4:00pm – 4:50pm Pitch-in-a-Box
2:30p – 4:00p
Workshop by Victor Hwang: The Pine Tree Rainforest Laboratory
2:00p – 5:00p
Connect with an Expert – one-on-one meetings where attendees can
schedule 15 minute appointments with various business service firms
and organizations. Appointments will be scheduled in advance online.
2:00p – 5:00p
Tours of University of Maine facilities
2:00p – 8:00p
TechWalk exhibition is open.
5:00p – 8:00p
TechWalk Networking Reception with opening remarks, entertainment.
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Workshop 1: The Real Secrets to Success in the Marketplace
Suzanne Hamlin
2:00p - 2:50p
B, C and D
Description: A critical piece of the puzzle of how to launch and grow your business is to
understand how your new innovation may be adopted and the specific tactics to use to jumpstart
the adoption process. In this workshop we will discuss how people take on new innovative
products and services, where you should focus your efforts as you build your business, and the
skills you will need at each stage of the process. This workshop is for entrepreneurs in the “idea”
phase of a business startup, who have had some success with early adopters but are struggling to
grow sales. It is also relevant to anyone involved in managing the introduction of a new technology
or those responsible for implementing a major change in thinking or behavior.
Workshop leader Suzanne Hamlin (Owner, Transformative Knowledge Group) is a business
strategy and marketing consultant with a special interest in business transition and transformation.
Focusing on understanding marketing dynamics and organizations’ key competencies, she helps
clients create customized strategies for their individual success.
Workshop 2: Business Model Innovation
Don Gooding
3:00p - 3:50p
B, C and D
Description: What exactly is business model innovation and how can it be used to create value
for your business in times of change? Learn how startup entrepreneurs as well as established
corporations use the Business Model Canvas to describe, design, challenge, invent, even pivot a
business model for a new company, new product rollout or even for a total business reinvention.
Experiment with this tool during the workshop with the guidance of trained facilitators and leave
with the beginnings of an individualized version for your own business.
Don Gooding, MCED Executive Director and Co Chair of the Maine Angels, teaches business
model innovation as part of MCED’s Top Gun Prep and Top Gun. Previously a telecommunications
market analyst, venture capitalist, and founder of a global specialty music business, Don is fully
committed to the mission of transforming Maine’s economy through entrepreneurship.
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Workshop 3: Pitch-in-a-Box
4:00p - 4:50p
A, B and C
Description: The best pitches are clear, concise, compelling, focused, and conclude with The Ask.
There’s a way to do it right and specific Do’s and Don’ts. Learn what the formula is, practice right
away using mystery products and hear live feedback from expert pitch coaches.
Workshop 4: Pine Tree Rainforest Laboratory
Victor Hwang (accompanied by Joe Sterling of T2 Venture Creations)
2:30p - 4:00p
1 and 2 (Limited to 50 participants)
Description: Building upon the concepts of Victor Hwang’s TechWalk Keynote speech, Victor and
Joe Sterling lead workshop attendees into the “forest” to identify key components specific to Maine’s
entrepreneurial landscape.
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TechWalk 2014 Connect with an Expert Program
Entrepreneurs and companies often need advice from various experts in order to make their project
a success. TechWalk 2014 attendees can Connect with an Expert for pre-scheduled 15 minute
1-on-1 meetings to discuss key subjects. To register for a 1-on-1 meeting with an expert, select this
ticket on the registration site. You will then have the opportunity to choose the topic and time you
prefer from the list provided.
Each attendee may schedule up to three (3) meetings with experts, but may schedule only one
meeting for a specified subject. Attendees may not schedule back-to-back or multiple meetings
under the same subject. If you schedule a meeting, but will be unable to attend for any reason,
please notify MTI. Someone else may be waiting for that meeting time, and would appreciate your
contacting us. This is true for the time before TechWalk and the day of the event. Any specific
sessions not reserved for any topic prior to TechWalk will be available for interested parties to
reserve the day of TechWalk. We will notify you in case you inadvertently book meetings with
conflicting times. If you have any questions about the Connect with an Expert program, please
contact Scott Burnett at MTI via email at [email protected]
Below are the topics and organizations that will be included in the Connect with an Expert program.
Additional topics and firms will be added, so please check back.
Connect with an Expert – Intellectual Property (Verrill Dana)
Connect with an Expert – Creating a Corporate Structure (Pierce Atwood)
Connect with an Expert – Technology law and finance (Bernstein Shur)
Connect with an Expert – Banking (Gorham Savings Bank)
Connect with an Expert – Business Support & Finance (Coastal Enterprises)
Connect with an Expert – Investment (Maine Venture Fund)
Connect with an Expert – Business Management (SCORE)
Connect with an Expert – Financial Management (Purdy Powers & Company)
Connect with an Expert – Seed & Growth capital (Maine Technology Institute)
Connect with an Expert – Entrepreneur Education (Maine Center for Entrepreneurial
Development (MCED))
Connect with an Expert – Business Startup Advisory (Maine SBDC/SBA)
Connect with an Expert – Federal SBIR/STTR Grants (Maine Technology Institute)
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