WBT 2013 Sponsors and Partners


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 objective 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.

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Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.


Biocom is a member-driven organization providing unmatched opportunities and resources to help Southern California life science companies and their employees fulfill their business goals and improve life through advancements in health, energy and biorenewables. For more information, please visit www.biocom.org.

Cutting-edge research meets hands-on application at California State University San Marcos. Founded in 1989, CSUSM is a new kind of public university, preparing emerging leaders and thinkers to push the boundaries of innovation, solve critical issues and build stronger communities.

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 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”.

Johnson & Johnson Innovation, a division of Johnson & Johnson Finance Corporation, focuses on accelerating early innovation and enhancing opportunities for collaboration and investment across Johnson & Johnson's global healthcare businesses. Johnson & Johnson Innovation provides scientists, entrepreneurs and emerging companies focused on early stage opportunities a one-stop access to science and technology experts who can facilitate collaborations across the pharmaceutical, medical device and diagnostics and consumer companies of Johnson & Johnson. More information can be found here: www.jnjinnovation.com.

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.

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (MLA) is an international law firm with more than 575 attorneys and public policy advisors in 15 offices and 13 markets. The firm represents clients in the areas of complex litigation, corporate law, energy, environment, finance, government contracts, health care, infrastructure, insurance, intellectual property, private client services, public policy, real estate, and technology.

With more than 900 lawyers in 19 offices across the United States and Asia, Perkins Coie represents great companies across a wide range of industries and stages of growth.

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.

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 anDiego d southern Orange counties. Our service area spans 4,100 square miles.

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.

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.

Since it was founded in 1897, San Diego State University has grown to offer bachelor's degrees in 84 areas, master's degrees in 76 areas and doctorates in 21 areas. SDSU's approximately 31,000 students participate in an academic curriculum distinguished by direct contact with faculty and an increasing international emphasis that prepares them for a global future.

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.

The Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering is nationally recognized for developing world-class innovative engineers empowered to become leaders with global perspective and social awareness.

ViaSat is an innovator in technology for fast, secure communications, Internet, and network access to virtually any location for consumers, governments, enterprises, and the military.


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.

Innovation, America's Journal of Technology Commercialization, is a quarterly magazine published by Technology Ventures Corporation. It reports on new technologies, entrepreneurial activity, topics of interest to investors, activity at DOE and other national laboratories, and issues concerning technology transfer.
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.

WBTangels is a network of angel funds that work together to invest in entrepreneurial ventures. Each angel fund has the opportunity to leverage a national network of technology, talent, and capital sources provided through the WBT Innovation Marketplace and other partners. Currently WBTangels includes angel funds in the states of North Dakota, Oklahoma and Wyoming.

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

Public Relations Partner

Nuffer, Smith, Tucker (NST) is an award-winning public relations and interactive firm headquartered in San Diego. The firm offers a full spectrum of services including media relations, community and government relations, public affairs, community outreach, crisis communications, web design and development, social media strategy and more. Backed with years of hands-on experience, NST helps its clients explore how relationships, conversations and storytelling are strategically formed into solutions to help achieve their business goals. NST is a partner in The WORLDCOM Public Relations Group, the world’s leading collaborative of global public relations firms. For more information about NST, visit www.nstpr.com or the firm’s Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/NSTPR.

Media Partner

Xconomy is an innovative news and events organization with outposts in Boston, Boulder/Denver, Detroit, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Texas. It is dedicated to providing business and technology leaders with timely, insightful, close-to-the-scene information about the local personalities, companies, and technological trends that best exemplify today’s high-tech economy. Xconomy is staffed by world-class journalists and media professionals, and supported by “the Xconomists,” who include some of the world’s leading innovators. Get to know them and the Xconomy team at www.xconomy.com/about.

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