WBT 2012 Sponsors and Partners

2012 Host

CONNECT is a regional program that catalyzes the creation of innovative technology and life sciences products in San Diego County by linking inventors and entrepreneurs with the resources they need for success. Since 1985, CONNECT has assisted in the formation and development of more than 3,000 companies. The leadership of CONNECT attributes its success to the unique culture of collaboration between industry, capital sources, professional service providers and research organizations that CONNECT has sought to foster in the region.
San Diego Regional EDC implements strategies that set the San Diego region apart from our competitors as a thriving center of technology and entrepreneurship. Fueled by the support of 150 companies deeply committed to regional prosperity, our mission is to strengthen San Diego’s diverse economy to compete in the global marketplace, and to position the region as the world’s premier business location. Our job-growth strategy leverages the region’s highly skilled workforce, innovation economy, leadership in cutting-edge industries, and outstanding quality of life.

Title Sponsor

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.

Our core competencies are aligned with the current and future needs of our customers and address emerging global security challenges in key areas, such as unmanned systems, cybersecurity, C4ISR, and logistics that are critical to the defense of the nation and its allies.


ASU Venture Catalyst equips high potential startups for success. The Catalyst assists university students, faculty and staff, as well as local and global companies, with launching startups or accelerating existing ventures.

Canada and the Trade Commissioner Service: With 18 offices across Canada and in 150 cities worldwide, the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service can provide its clients with on-the-ground intelligence and practical advice on foreign markets to help them make better, more timely and cost-effective decisions in order to achieve their goals abroad. www.tradecommissioner.gc.ca Canada has diplomatic and consular offices in over 270 locations in approximately 180 foreign countries. http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca

The CalValleyTech (CVT) iHub is managed by the Central Valley Business Incubator and allows us to connect to innovation hubs throughout the state. This provides greater access to key partners and resources as well as positions CVT as the sole iHub in the region. There are a total of twelve iHubs throughout California.

The CalValleyTech iHub, operates within the Central Valley of California, and is a joint partnership of the Central Valley BusinessIncubator and Merced County Department of Commerce, Aviation & Economic Development.

CleanTECH San Diego is a private, non-profit member organization formed in 2007. As one of the nation's premier cleantech cluster organizations, its mission is to position the region as a global leader in the cleantech economy. CleanTECH San Diego serves as a catalyst for a diverse group of stakeholders to advance a common agenda.

The CViHub mentors businesses in establishing, growing, and realizing equity based wealth generation. In business vernacular, the CViHub facilitates our clients through the “Valley of Death”.

i-GATE is a regional public-private partnership designed to support small businesses and maximize the economic potential of green transportation and clean-energy technologies. i-GATE provides collaboration opportunities, entrepreneurial education and assistance, an Academic Alliance, and a business incubator for the development of high-growth green businesses.

KPMG LLP provides audit, tax and advisory services and industry insight that help organizations negotiate risks, perform in the challenging environments in which they do business and offers a full range of services to assist with alternative financing strategies and IPO’s. KPMG operates from 87 offices with more than 23,000 employees and partners throughout the U.S.

Latham advises private and public companies in the technology, life sciences and cleantech industries, as well as the venture capital firms and investment banks that support them. The firm’s international, full-service capabilities span the entire growth cycle of a company, from formation and venture financing to Fortune 100 and beyond. Visit us at www.lw.com

MeadWestvaco Corporation (NYSE: MWV) is a global packaging company providing innovative solutions to the world’s most admired brands in the healthcare, beauty and personal care, food , beverage, home and garden, tobacco, and agricultural industries. The company also produces specialty chemicals for the automotive, energy, and infrastructure industries and maximizes the value of its land holdings through forestry operations, property development and land sales. MWV’s network of 125 facilities and 15,000 employees spans North America, South America, Europe and Asia. The company has been recognized for financial performance and environmental stewardship with a place on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index every year since 2005. Learn more at mwv.com.

OCTANe connects people and ideas with capital and resources to fuel technology growth in Orange County. Our members represent Orange County technology executive leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, venture capitalists, academicians, and strategic advisors.

Penman PR Penman PR is one of the most innovative independent PR firms in the nation and the only international public relations firm to offer 100% senior-level representation. Penman PR proactively engages in the art and science of establishing and promoting brand value by mapping public relations strategies and tactics against its clients’ business objectives. Penman excels at implementing company and product launches, branding and re-branding, positioning companies for acquisition, raising stock price, maximizing industry events, business attraction and retention and overthrowing the competition. Visit Penman at www.penmanpr.com.

Roche Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Roche is one of the world’s leading research-focused healthcare groups in the fields of pharmaceuticals and diagnostics. As a supplier of innovative products and services for the early detection, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, the Group contributes on a broad range of fronts to improving people’s health and quality of life.

ROTH is an investment banking firm dedicated to the small-cap public market. Since its inception in 1984, ROTH has been an innovator in this market. Headquartered in Newport Beach, CA, ROTH has regional offices in San Diego, Los Angeles, Seattle and New York. International offices include a Shanghai Representative Office and a Hong Kong Limited Office

The Sacramento iHub focuses on medical and clean technologies, and is led by SARTA, the Sacramento Area Regional Technology Alliance, which has been focused on accelerating the growth and development of technology companies and the technology sector in the Sacramento region since 2001. The Sacramento iHub is a key component of SARTA’s efforts to develop the Sacramento region into a nationally recognized center of technology and technological innovation, as evidenced by a significant number of technology companies growing, developing and prospering in the region. Like SARTA, the Sacramento iHub has a nine-county scope, including Butte, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Solano, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba counties.

Founded in 1953 and based in Wayne, PA, Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. (NYSE: SFE) provides capital and operational support to emerging- and growth-stage life sciences and technology companies with capital requirements of up to $25 million. Throughout its history, Safeguard has successfully completed more than 100 M&A transactions and more than 20 IPOs.

SDSI is the heartbeat of Southern California’s sports business community. Our mission ensures the abundance of resources and opportunities are available to help drive the growth of our sports economy. Our programs include: education, mentoring, capital funding and networking; best practice collaboration, access to technology and strategies, and public policy advocacy.

SDG&E is a regulated public utility that provides energy service to 3.4 million people through 1.4 million electric meters and 850,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties. Our service area spans 4,100 square miles.

The San Diego Software Industries Council brings together San Diego’s software technology, data analytics and cloud-based application communities to promote industry growth and success, to address common technical challenges and business opportunities, and advocate for common interests.

The San Diego iHub, which encompasses the combined area of San Diego, Southwest Riverside County and Imperial Counties, will build upon the region’s existing innovation infrastructure and strong culture of collaboration to create four convergence clusters: mobile health, biofuels, biomimicry, solar energy and energy storage. These clusters will utilize San Diego’s wealth of resources to promote new collaborations, create employment opportunities, shorten the commercialization process, and attract funding for technology.


The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific) provides the U.S. Navy with critical capabilities in the areas of command and control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR). SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific provides full spectrum support: from basic research and prototype development, to extensive testing and evaluation, through systems engineering and integration, to installation and life-cycle support of fielded systems.

UC San Diego is an academic powerhouse and economic engine, recognized as one of the top public universities. The University promotes research entrepreneurship and innovation by fostering a vibrant culture of discovery.UC San Diego shapes minds, changes lives, launches new industries and builds the future.



ACCT Canada (Alliance for Commercialization of Canadian Technologies) is Canada’s pre-eminent membership based organization addressing all matters related to the interface of academic research-industry engagement and research discovery mobilization. ACCT Canada provides a unique nation-wide platform for all proponents in the Canadian innovation ecosystem to collaborate for the purpose of better mobilizing, transferring, translating and diffusing newly discovered knowledge and inventions resulting from both academic Science & Technology (S&T) and private sector Research and Development (R&D) investments.

Cimarron Capital Partners has designed, built and managed innovative fund investment programs for over 15 years. Cimarron has the experience needed to provide asset management services for institutional investors, regional investors, family offices and custom accounts. Since 1993, our Managing Directors have launched four funds and advised over 20 states and organizations in fund design and portfolio construction. We work closely with our clients to deliver effective, customized venture capital and private equity portfolios.

The mission of the Cleantech Open is to find, fund and foster entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental and economic challenges.

Since our founding in 2006 by Silicon Valley leaders, our organization has established itself as the leading force for accelerating clean technology entrepreneurs. Of the nearly 600 companies we have worked with, 80% remain viable today and they have gone on to raise external capital exceeding $660 million.

By developing a network of more than 1,500 professional volunteers who are willing to lend time and expertise to entrepreneurs who may otherwise not be able to get their ideas off the ground, we are facilitating the growth of the cleantech industry and all the positive impact that will come from such technologies.

The Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) is the nationwide network of federal laboratories that provides the forum to develop strategies and opportunities for linking laboratory mission technologies and expertise with the marketplace.

Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada), Inc. Established in 1965, the Licensing Executives Society (U.S.A. and Canada), Inc. (LES) is a professional society comprised of nearly 5,000 members engaged in the transfer, use, development and marketing of intellectual property.


MRUN was established in 2002 as an alliance of university business development professionals dedicated to facilitating growth of technology spinout companies through start–up formation. MRUN is built around the idea that regional cooperation in new business formation can foster commercialization of university research.

WITI's mission is to empower women worldwide to achieve unimagined possibilities and transformations through technology, leadership and economic prosperity.

Media Partners

Innovation, America's Journal of Technology Commercialization, is a bimonthly magazine published by Technology Ventures Corporation in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy. It reports on new technologies, entrepreneurial activity, topics of interest to investors, activity at DOE and other national laboratories, and issues concerning technology transfer.

Past Sponsors