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WTC service structure

Looking forward to the new year, we are pleased to share some of the strategic goals and program outlines for 2004. In order to better serve the broad variety of businesses and entrepreneurs in need of support, we have outlined three service areas. They include: Business Resources -- including our Regional & Technical Services programs -- User Facilities, and New Industries Initiatives.

Regional & Technical Services is comprised of WTC's grant programs, angel network and small business services. User Facilities refers to WTC's Microfabrication Laboratory. New Industries Initiatives currently focuses on the Northwest Energy Technology Collaborative (NWETC).

This newsletter will be organized around these business lines as well as feature general WTC highlights or developments. We hope this new structure will give you a greater understanding of WTC's accomplishments and role in promoting technology economic development in Washington state.

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Small Business Services program is launched

Elaine Kong joined WTC in October 2003 as Small Business Services Manager to spearhead the creation of the Small Business Services Program. The goal of this new program is to help small- to medium-size technology companies:

-- Move towards business viability.
-- Become and remain competitive.
-- Expand through development and commercialization of new technologies.

With background in venture capital and startup consulting, Elaine provides business and financial strategy consulting to technology companies seeking capital and/or assistance in strategic planning. In addition, Elaine works to source and screen deals statewide and prepare companies for entrance into the WTC Angel Network.

Related WTC links:

  • Business Consulting
  • WTC Angel Network

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  • WTC Angel Network plants seeds

    The WTC Angel Network is coming to life across the state. Once tentatively known as the "Seed Capital Network," The Network will include angel investor groups and funds across the state. For example, a group of investors on the Olympic Peninsula has convened and is close to establishing a formal organization to start screening business opportunities and invest in promising companies. This group will join other new and established groups as members of the WTC Angel Network. Together, the member groups can facilitate deal flow, share in due diligence efforts and increase the effectiveness of their individual group activities.

    Related WTC links:

  • WTC Angel Network

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  • Northwest Energy Technology Collaborative update

    The Northwest Energy Technology Collaborative (NWETC) has been involved in several exciting opportunities over the last quarter of 2003. One such project was the participation in Poised for Profit II, the regional study on the economic opportunity in smart energy technology. The study was released at events in Portland and Seattle. The Poised for Profit II study identifies an emerging Northwest industry cluster of world-class smart energy companies and research institutions, and ripe investment opportunities in a growing smart energy sector that the report currently values at $15 billion.

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    Poised for Profit II builds on the original report issued in 2001, which projected that the Northwest could have 32,000 jobs in advanced energy technologies by 2020 if the right incentives and policy framework opportunities are developed. The report identified a global clean energy market of $180 billion annually, equal to twice the size of the passenger and cargo aircraft industry. NWETC was one of the founding supporters of the study and will put the data to use in developing a regional organization. NWETC also sponsored two energy meetings in Portland in mid-November 2003. In conjunction with the Poised for Profit II rollout in Portland, NWETC sponsored a smart energy roundtable organized by the Portland Business Alliance.

    In additional to event support and participation, NWETC sponsored a new technologies segment at the bi-national Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) Winter Summit in Portland. Along with Canadian Consulate General and PNWER, NWETC participated in day-long talks with regional leaders on energy. The Pacific Northwest/Western Canada Energy Roundtable focused on moving past talk to next steps on implementing a regional vision. News clips from the event and copies of presentations can be found at http://www.pnwer.org.

    Additional NWETC activities include the launch of a K–12 education project in Washington state in cooperation with collaborative partners -- the Bonneville Power Administration, Washington State Community, Trade and Economic Development Energy Division, and Avista Labs. The project includes the delivery of the first operating fuel cell to Central Washington to be installed at the Central Washington University Engineering Department for experiments and to be part of a K–12 hydrogen learning center. Simultaneously to the fuel cell being delivered and installed, curriculum has been developed to train 200 teachers in Washington state to conduct six days of classroom work on our hydrogen future and fuel cells. Each teacher will receive a PEM fuel cell car kit for the classroom once they have completed the training.

    NWETC is active in developing new relationships, promoting regional developments, and supporting region wide initiatives to increase the awareness and growth in the development of energy technologies and programs.

    Hold the date!
    The first regional New Energy Technology Showcase will be held Tuesday, July 13, 2004 in Victoria, B.C. Twenty-five of the best new energy technology companies in the region will present their technology to lead purchasers and engineers from utilities across the Northwest. Afterwards, utility personnel will lead a discussion of day-to-day issues they face as well as new ideas and products to solve these issues. This one-day event will be held during the four-day summer summit of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region. The National Energy Council will also conduct meeting during the same four days creating a huge energy event.

    Related WTC links:

  • NWETC.com

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  • WTC's Microfab Lab joins the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network

    The National Science Foundation announced in December 2003 that the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) has been awarded to a 12-university team, including the University of Washington. Led by Stanford and Cornell, this 5-year contract provides $14 million per year (renewable for an additional 5 years) to provide an infrastructure of process capabilities to serve the nanotechnology research, process development, and characterization needs of universities across the nation.

    WTC's Microfabrication Lab is an essential component of the UW's role in the NNIN. The Lab enables process capabilities to nanotechnology researchers for creating a platform, device, or structure necessary for their work. Promoting industrial access to the NNIN is critical to the region's growing micro- and nanotechnology industry. The role WTC will provide will be to offer the addition of physical resources available through the Microfabrication Lab.

    Related external links (will open a new window):

  • National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network
  • University of Washington Nanotech User Facility

    Related WTC links:

  • Microfabrication Laboratory

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  • Scanning electron microscope operational in WTC lab

    November 20, 2003 marked an important milestone in the Microfabrication Laboratory's history, as the AMRAY Model 3800 scanning electron microscope (SEM) became operational for the first time since it arrived at the WTC.

    Donated by Intel from their Ronler Acres R&D; site in Hillsboro, OR, the SEM can accommodate wafers up to 8" in diameter, and the stage can be tilted up to 45º for a true perspective view of processed MEMS devices, at magnifications up to 150,000X. The SEM also has an EDAX (energy-dispersive x-ray) system for chemical analysis, which will become operational in 2004. The SEM allows Lab users to view, inspect and characterize processed wafers without having to leave the cleanroom, and will be a valuable part of the facilities suite of test and measurement tools for the years ahead.

    Related WTC links:

  • Microfabrication Laboratory

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