Colorado’s innovation ecosystem is defined and differentiated by the engagement between academia, research organizations, and industry. What is the result of these stakeholders cooperating? The creation and deployment of adjacent technologies that have changed the game in numerous verticals, now serving as the backbone of technologies that connect with people on an everyday level. Think of sensor technologies initially developed to support the Department of Defense to pave the way for autonomous vehicles, QR scanning, and more.

Many of the technologies that support our everyday life were prototyped and developed through research labs and institutions and were later commercialized through the private sector. Come learn how adjacent technologies have changed the way the world lives, and how entrepreneurs and startups can engage with various organizations to further advance innovation emanating from partners in research and development.

Hear from panelists from private sector companies and tech transfer experts about how to integrate into the innovation ecosystem that will define the trends and technologies the commercial market will rely upon tomorrow.

Sponsor: Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT)

September 28, 2017   2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Venue: Capital One Cafe

1550 Wewatta Street

Expected attendance: 20-30 (entrepreneurs, stakeholders from academia, Federal research labs, and other companies leveraging emerging technologies)


Erin Miller, Managing Director at C-TRAC (The Center for Technology, Research and Commercialization)

Erin is the Managing Director at C-TRAC, the technology transfer and R&D arm of Catalyst Campus in Colorado Springs, CO. Prior to C-TRAC, Erin served as the Research Program Manager & Tech Transfer Coordinator at Apogee Engineering, LLC, and a Research Program Specialist at Total Solutions Incorporated.

C-TRAC’s overarching purpose is to serve as a platform that brings together government, education, institutions, and industry, to collaborate on technology innovation/maturation, to create products for the market and to provide skill training in new technologies. Commercialization of government-owned intellectual property will create opportunities for collaboration between industry and researchers that contributes to Southern Colorado’s reputation as a hub for aerospace, defense, and cyber security technology, as well as provide regional employment opportunities.



simuwatt was born from a joint development with experts at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The partnership led to the creation of a patented data collection and analysis workflow for commercial building energy assessments and energy modeling.

simuwatt’s flexible field data collection software coupled with cloud computing allow large and small teams to improve their workflow by over 50% through standard processes, automated data management and rapid energy modeling.

  • Oliver Davis, CEO and Co-Founder
  • The co-founder of simuwatt and concept3D, Oliver has product and management experience in startups, Fortune 100 companies, and companies including edgewater networks, Level 3, and NorthPoint Communications.


The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) specializes in renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. The Technology Transfer Office, through partnerships and licensing of its intellectual property rights, seeks to reduce private sector risk in early stage technologies, enable investment in the adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, reduce U.S. reliance on foreign energy sources, reduce carbon emissions, and increase U.S. industrial competitiveness.

NREL supports the clean energy innovation pipeline by accelerating the transfer of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies into the marketplace. The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center helps connect emerging clean energy businesses with the financial community, NREL technical expertise and facilities, and the broader clean energy ecosystem.

NREL’s commitment to supporting small business extends not only to clean energy companies, but also the goods and services needed for the lab to operate.

  • Meghan Bader, Program Manager, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, NREL
  • Meghan Bader is a project manager at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Since joining in 2010, she has managed strategic projects for the US Department of Energy and alliances with external organizations. These programs include the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2) and Incubatenergy Network. As project manager, Meghan is charged with overseeing the development of these programs through to their successful execution.


KMLabs is a U.S. company committed to the continued advancement of ultrashort-pulse and short-wavelength laser technologies. KMLabs is the technology leader for high power, highest performance femtosecond laser systems, and the market definer for coherent EUV and x-ray sources. In addition, KMLabs offers an exciting new series of Ytterbium-doped silica fiber lasers having high average power, high repetition rate, with 100-200 fs pulse lengths including an option of a built-in OPA.

  • Henry Kapteyn, CEO and founder
  • Henry C. Kapteyn is co-founder of KMLabs Inc. and CEO. Henry is well-established as a leading researcher in the area of ultrafast optical science, and is Professor of Physics and a fellow of JILA, a joint NIST/University institute at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He and his wife and long-term collaborator, Margaret Murnane, are well known for their research in femtosecond lasers, and for understanding how to coherently upconvert this light to make a “tabletop x-ray laser” that they have applied to pioneering studies of material behavior at short length- and time-scales. He has published more than 200 papers (h-index 59), and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Topics for Discussion

  • Why should startup entrepreneurs collaborate with Federal labs or higher education institution technology transfer offices?
  • Process
  • Struggles
  • Why is Colorado the best place to integrate into the innovation sector?
    • Labs, higher ed institutions, Federal dollars, workforce
  • Application of technologies across several industries (outdoor recreation, agriculture, etc)