Tech Ventures

Lab2 Venture Rocked!

It was something new. It was something we’d never really tried before. Those attempts are supposed to be courageous. Right?

Well, I’m not sure this qualifies, but it sure was fun.

It’s been well over a week since our Lab2Venture Open House, and I still have “Separate Ways” and “Bad to the Bone” as the ringtone and notification on my phone. I’m not ready to put all of the memories away just yet.

Nearly 200 folks wandered the halls and lobby of our office building, chatting, looking at posters, sharing ideas, and making new connections. Elvis was there; so was KISS. We were looking to Rock the economy. We wanted an open house, and we got one.

There was a DJ, as well as great food and beer (and wine). We even had a VIP lounge hosted by “Hoff” himself serving mocktails. It was an unconventional way to get the scientific community and the entrepreneurial community in one place—talking to one another.

Many of our partners were there to just be available to meet any scientist, technologist, inventor, or entrepreneur that might stroll up and say “hi.” It was all about flow, interaction, and collaborative collisions.

I got in over 30,000 steps that day. It was full. We are now looking toward the Deal Stream Summit in October, which means we’re looking for business plans. Well, we’re always looking for business plans, really.

Spread the word.

It’s still a bit early to determine what “deals” may have started there, but the activity was electric.…

New Mexico Flying 40

Congratulations to the 2014 Flying 40 Awardees

The 2014 Flying 40 Celebration was held

Honoring the fastest growing technology companies in the state of New Mexico

New Mexico’s future is technology; and New Mexico’s future is bright.  Jobs at the Flying 40 increased from 3,528 in 2009 to 3,929 in 2013, a 11 percent increase.  Revenue increased from $780.3 million in 2009 to more than $889.3 million in 2013, a 14 percent increase.

New Mexico’s technology-based economy is thriving. Technology Ventures Corporation, KPMG LLP, Sandia Science & Technology Park Development Corporation, New Mexico Bank and Trust, and UNM Athletics Department believe these companies and their employees should be singled out as examples of the best New Mexico has to offer.

IP Bundling Agreement Signed 08/24/2007

Announcing the historic signing of the Intellectual Property Bundling Agreement Among Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Lab, the Nevada Test Site, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for the purpose of commercialization

Albuquerque-Technology Ventures Corporation (TVC) will host Clay Sell, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Energy, Senator Pete V. Domenici, and the directors of the NNSA national laboratories for the historic signing of the Intellectual Property Bundling Agreement (IPBA), a unique agreement to pool intellectual property to accelerate the commercialization of lab technologies.

The IPBA, which will be signed by the directors of Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, Nevada Test Site, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory facilitates the commercialization of intellectual property (IP) that is owned by each of the four National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) facilities.

As part of this agreement the laboratories voluntarily agree to work together to collect their patents and form those patents into IP bundles, which can then be packaged or separately licensed to companies and individuals looking for technology.

The Intellectual Property Bundling Agreement that is being signed on 24 August will enable a private sector business to negotiate and contract with just one laboratory for bundled intellectual property owned by all four laboratories (LANL, LLNL, SNL, and the NTS)

The private sector market pull of laboratory technologies is greatly enhanced and accelerated because it will be easier for the private sector to engage in the licensing process. A license to bundled IP (group of patents) is of significantly greater value to the private sector than a single patent, as the related and complementary patents within the bundle enable the far greater potential for multiple commercial applications and wider fields of use. IP bundling is already known and in use in the private sector.

More specifically the IP (patents) Bundling Agreement advantages include:

• Encourages the leveraging of DOE R&D; funds dedicated to complementary projects within the laboratory complex, and then leverage the IP developed by these projects
• Facilitates licensing negotiations
• Non-exclusive bundle licensing of IP is more cost-effective and allows the licenses to fulfill equal opportunity, minimize the potential for conflicts, and spreads DOE technology across larger numbers of licensees
• Improves probabilities of successful deployment of the technologies created in the laboratories into the commercial marketplace
• Enhances IP portfolios of each participating laboratory by placing them into a bundle making the IP more desirable to private industry
• Helps DOE fulfill a statutory mission of the national laboratories in technology transfer

The IPBA was developed under a cooperative agreement between the Department of Energy’s NNSA and Technology Ventures Corporation.…

Advent Solar may create 1,000 jobs 11/10/2005

Advent Solar Secures $30 Million in Series C Funding Company to build a 25-megawatt solar cell plant at Mesa del Sol Albuquerque, New Mexico – November 10, 2005 – Advent Solar, Inc., a manufacturer of advanced solar cells and modules, announced today that it has secured $30 million in Series C funding.

The round was led by Battery Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on investing in technology-driven companies at all stages of growth. Existing investors EnerTech Capital Partners, @Ventures, the New Mexico Co-Investment Partners (managed by Fort Washington Capital Partners Group), and Angels with Attitude also participated, as did new investor, Firelake Capital.

Advent Solar will use the financing to build and operate a 25-megawatt plant for the production of its photovoltaic (PV) solar cells and modules. The company applies a unique Emitter Wrap-through (EWT) design to its back-contact solar cells, delivering higher efficiency, lighter weight, and lower per-watt cost than traditional solar cells. This patented design was originally developed at Sandia National Laboratories.

Advent’s new production facility will be located in Mesa del Sol, a brand new 12,000-acre development and solar cluster in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Advent will ship its first products to customers later this year from its pilot line and expects to be in full production at its new facility in 2007.

Advent is bringing to market a full line of advanced PV cells and modules that have the potential to be much lower cost than conventional technology,” said Advent CEO Rusty Schmit. “Unlike thin films and organic PV technologies; Advent’s technology uses industry-standard materials and processes that can more than satisfy our customers’ requirements in a market where demand exceeds supply, while significantly lowering implementation risk.” “There is pent-up user demand for highly efficient, affordable alternative energy, and Advent has shown through its rapid pilot development that they have the technology and the strategy to meet that demand,” said Battery Ventures Partner, Ken Lawler, who joins the company’s Board of Directors.

“The innovation in the industry continues at a rapid pace, and we’re looking forward to working closely with this particular team to support the continued growth trajectory and help execute their plans to scale to high-volume production.”

About Advent Solar Advent Solar, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of innovative solar cells and modules. Its unique, exclusive cell technology was originally developed at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), and is in a class of solar cells referred to as back-contact cells. This technology is the basis for Advent’s high-performance products with dramatically lower costs than conventional solar photovoltaic (PV) technology.

About Battery Ventures Founded in 1983, Battery Ventures is a leading venture capital firm focused on investing in technology companies at all stages of growth from seed to later stage and tech buyouts.

Battery leverages its people, expertise, and capital to actively guide companies to category dominance. From its offices in Wellesley, MA and San Mateo, CA the partnership manages over $2 billion in committed capital, including its new fund of $450 million. For more information, visit

About EnerTech Capital Partners. EnerTech Capital Partners, ECP, was founded in 1996 and is a leading, early-stage, energy technology investor. For more information, visit About @Ventures @Ventures, the venture capital group affiliated with CMGI, Inc., invests in early-stage and mid-stage technology companies.

Formed in 1995, @Ventures has funded more than 70 Internet, software, IT, and clean energy companies, focusing on early-stage companies in emerging but potentially large markets. The primary focus of @Ventures’ fifth fund, formed in 2004, is on investments in clean energy technologies, including alternative energy, energy efficiency, and water purification and management.

For more information, visit About New Mexico Co-Investment Partners, managed by Fort Washington Capital Partners Group is the private equity division of Fort Washington Investment Advisors, Inc.

FW Capital currently offers fund of funds, co-investment funds, and private equity advisory services to a wide range of institutional investors including public and state entities, corporations, banks, insurance companies, endowments and foundations and high-net-worth individuals.…