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Science Cafes draws 100 for nuclear talk, NuHub doubles odds for first SMR in Columbia SC, Incubator Launches CETI for Serious Entrepreneurs, Fuel Cell Collaborative Heads to Toronto
April 2012 - We're not ones to brag, but...
It's not often you experience a month where the fruits of your labor are so boldly thrown in front of you. And yet, this past month we've seen just that with the announcement of the launch of the Center for Entrepreneurial Technology Innovation over at the USC-Technology Incubator, a cover story in this month's tech-based Columbia Business Monthly with a few "EngenuitySC" namedrops from our more entrepreneurial friends, a Science Cafe that drew nearly 100 engaged Columbians to talk nuclear, and two firms that selected EngenuitySC project NuHub as partners for a nearly half billion dollar federal grant opportunity.
So, we're not ones to brag normally but... It's been a pretty good month for us and friends of EngenuitySC. Scroll down for more on the stories mentioned above!
This month, EngenuitySC welcomed over 100 Columbians to the Capital City Club to talk nuclear power and its biological effects with Dr. Timothy Mousseau. It was our largest Science Cafe this year. Mousseau, a respected biologist who serves on panels for the National Academy of Sciences, shared his research and perspectives from his work at nuclear disaster sites Chernobyl and Fukushima and chatted with proponents and opponents of the technology.
Our next Science Cafe will feature Dr. MVS Chandrashekhar (We couldn't pronounce his name either) to talk about graphene. As Tim put it at our April meeting, it's "the next exciting thing" in the alternative energy world. Learn more about this exciting alternative energy when you register today!
Ignite 2012 - Save the Date...
Why's the room feel so hot all the sudden? It's the growing flame for this year's Ignite 2012... Miss all the action from last year? Didn't get a chance to start something with us? Get a recap at our YouTube, courtesy of our friends at Dinobrite Productions, straight from all the movers and shakers in attendance.
Ignite 2012 November 14, 2012
Then, mark your calendars and come start something with us!
NuHub Welcome Breakfast - SMR Conference: Apr 24, 7:15am-8:15am, Embassy Suites-Greystone in Greystone Hall 2nd Annual Nuclear SMR Conference: Apr 25-Apr 25, Embassy Suites-Greystone EngenuitySC Braintrust (Board of Advisors) Meeting: Apr 26, 5:30pm-7:00pm, EngenuitySC Office - Contact Franklin Buchanan if interested in attending Tech After Five: May 2, 5:30-7:30pm, Carolina Ale House InnoVenture 2012: May 8-9, TD Convention Center, Greenville, SC Fuel Cell Collaborative @ WHEC 2012: June 3-7, Sheraton Downtown, Toronto
Columbia Contingent of Entreprenuers and Movers Headline InnoVenture
Register to attend InnoVenture 2012 through EngenuitySC using the codeENG2012 for a special rate of $249 and hear how Columbians (and EngenuitySC) are making an impact throughout the southeast. Representatives from Columbia will include:
We'll be sending a few folks from the EngenuitySC team up to Greenville to represent, so if you're in the area and want to grab dinner, talk shop in the tech/economic development world, or just hang out and grab a drink and let us get to know you, drop me an email!
USC-Tech Incubator Launches CETI
The USC-Technology Incubator officially launched its Center for Entrepreneurial and Technological Innovation this past weekend. The group announced Greg Hilton as the Center's new executive director. The move comes as part of USC-Technology Incubator Executive Director Ron Loewen's plans to instill a new life into the downtown area's startup facility which currently hosts over 40 firms.
Hilton will focus on invogorating the entrepreneurial culture in the Incubator while leading and developing various mentorship programs for aspiring entrepreneurs.
NuHub Selected by NuScale and Holtec to Pursue $452M for SMR
NuHub has partnered with NuScale Power, LLC and Holtec International in two separate agreements to pursue one of two federal grants from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) recently announced federal award totaling up to $452 million to support engineering, design certification, and licensing for up to two first-of-its kind SMR designs at Savannah River Site. SMRs represent a new class of nuclear reactors, offering improvements like reduced capital cost and scalability.
The USC-City of Columbia Fuel Cell Collaborative heads to Toronto this summer to share Columbia's fuel cell leadership on the global stage. WHEC represents one of the largest global conferences for hydrogen and fuel cell professionals in North America and the world with previous conferences in Germany, Scotland, India, and Japan.
FCC is planning a major industry announcement at the Tuesday morning networking break (see page 6). If you're attending the conference and want to learn more about the Collaborative and how to get involved, we will be at booth #512 adjacent to the NRC Internet Cafe or contact Frank Avery at EngenuitySC directly.