Green Tech Entrepreneurship Academy Coming To GR: The Michigan Green Technology Entrepreneurship Academy, offered by Huron River Ventures and the Growth Capital Network, will be held July 25-29 in at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University’s downtown Grand Rapids campus. Sponsors of the event include Butzel Long, DTE Energy, Early Stage Partners, Flagship Ventures, NextEnergy, Nth Power, Miller Johnson, RPM Ventures and Varnum LLP. The academy is an innovative, intensive five-day course designed as a springboard for moving new cleantech ideas out of the university lab. The program is tailored specifically for science and engineering faculty, postdoctoral students and Ph.D. students who want to learn how to commercialize their research, prepare for a career in industry, or take the first steps toward launching a new venture. Attendees will experience a rigorous training course in entrepreneurship best practices that combines lectures and readings with active, hands-on participation, mentorship and networking. Researchers will receive an in-depth view of how to validate their technology, their market and their business as well as learn how to build a team and their company. They will also receive guidance on such key topics as how to protect intellectual property and how to raise investment capital. Participants include Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, Michigan State University, Michigan Technological University, Oakland University, Western Michigan University and the University of Michigan. Venture capitalists and clean technology experts at the event will include representatives of DTE Energy Ventures, Huron River Ventures, Illinois Ventures, NextEnergy, Nth Power, RPM Ventures, Spring Hill Ventures and the Windquest Group. Businesses and entrepreneur experts include representatives from Ambiq Micro, Cascade Engineering, Kettering University, Lawrence Technological University, MAPA Group, the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Centers, and the UM Center for Entrepreneurship. More at http://migtea.org.
Great Lakes Transportation Summit wind event coming to Grand Valley: The “Great Lakes Transportation Summit — Multimodal Solutions for the Wind Energy Industry” will be held Wednesday, July 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the GVSU Eberhard Center, 301 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids. Attend this year’s premiere wind energy manufacturing event. Hosted in partnership with the American Wind Energy Association, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and Rockford Berge, the Great Lakes Transportation Summit brings together the industry leaders in transportation and logistics management. Learn about the competitive logistical advantages of transporting large-scale wind energy components throughout the Great Lakes region. Discover the integrated logistics platform of water, road and rail transportation solutions and hear success stories from the current wind energy supply chain in the region. If you are a manufacturing supplier to the wind energy industry or regularly transport large manufactured components, you cannot miss this event. The event cost is $110 and the registration deadline is July 22. More at www.rightplace.org/CalendarTemplate.aspx?Details=59&month=7&year=2011&catID=27
Covisint Exec To Present On Managing Identities: The Compuware Corp. subsidiary Covisint says its chief security officer, Dave Miller, will present “Implementing Identity Management in the Cloud: Lessons Learned” at the Cloud Identity Summit in Keystone, Colo. Miller will point out how, with some 50 billion devices expected online by 2020, organizations need to embrace this dramatic shift and proactively manage enterprise cloud identities. He not only will show how organizations that ignore this advice do so at their own peril, but also will demonstrate patterns of cloud success Covisint has achieved in managing identities for extended workforces for more than a decade and across multiple industries. The event will take place at 11 a.m. Mountain time (1 p.m. Eastern time) July 21.