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You Can Create Startups Based on University Research and Get Them Funded!

Come out to SMIT on Wednesday evening, 4/16, and see how projects started in research and university environments convert to successful companies! 

M.I.T. Graduate and University of Maryland Engineering Professor Gilmer Blankenship is the headliner for the event!  Gilmer is the model Engineer-Gone-Entrepreneur whom we want to get to know in Southern Maryland!

Gil has repeatedly taken his research interests and turned them into businesses with great success.  He holds the coveted position of Co-Founder, among others, for at least the following businesses:

• Techno-Sciences, Inc. (TSi) - remote monitoring for Satellite-Aided Search and Rescue Systems

• TRX Systems - advanced electronics for personnel location and tracking in GPS denied areas

• E14 Technologies Pvt. Ltd - embedded and control systems solutions for pharmaceuticals

• Innovital Systems, Inc. - implantable respirators for patients with diminished diaphragm capacity

• Awarables, Inc. - wearable technology for sleep health applications

The resultant awards are too numerous to list in totality.  In 2009, 2010 and 2011, TSi was recognized by Deloitte as one of the 500 fastest growing technology companies in the US. In 2010 TSi was selected as the High Technology Company of the Year in the State of Maryland.  In 2008 TRX Systems was selected as the Maryland Homeland Security Incubator Company of the Year.  TRX Systems also won the $500,000 Global Security Challenge competition in London in the same year.

Of note, Gil’s most recent research focuses on Autonomy.  In addition to exploring Southern Maryland commercialization opportunities while he is here (Come Ready to Share!), Gil will highlight autonomous technologies that might be available for licensing from the University of Maryland System.

Finally, Gil knows building these successful business takes great people and solid resources.  So we’ve designed the program to make sure that there’s plenty of opportunity to learn and discuss FUNDING PROGRAMS available to YOU to make your own business a success!

Jennifer Hammaker will discuss TEDCO’s Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII). The MII is a $5.8 million program investing in commercialization and start-up companies spinning out of five participating universities: Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland College Park, Baltimore and Baltimore County campuses and Morgan State University.

Ashley Chapman will discuss the Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) program, which funds collaborative R&D projects between Maryland companies and University System of Maryland faculty. 

As you might imagine, Gil has been awarded 7 MIPs awards to date.  He also serves as the liaison between entrepreneurs and faculty for the MII program.  You can expect a tightly coordinated program from the group on 4/16 since they already work together so well!

Doors Open at 5:45.  Program begins promptly at 6:00.  Please note that the doors to the building will lock automatically at 6:30 p.m.  Happy Hour to follow at The Tides!  We’ll see you there!

Robin, Matt, Rick, Dave and Angela

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  • Wayne D.

    Remember to go to and "use" the DISCUSSIONS link on top menu just below the Red and White SMIT Meetup banner... another way to inform and communicate beyond a particular meeting topic.

    April 18, 2014

  • Angela

    Last night was a great crowd! 40 at SMIT and close to 20 at The Tides! It’s the cohesiveness of the SMIT community that makes organizing these events worthwhile! A special thanks to Glen and Kim and Andy from Sabre for welcoming us into their home. And more power to Gilmer, Jennifer, and Ashley for making the trip and tailoring their presentations for us! Their presentations decks are now posted to Pages for you to download and peruse: Thanks to everyone for your continued support in making our forum the best it can be.

    2 · April 17, 2014

  • Wayne D.

    Gil provided great insight being a co-founder of several companies, and tech Miner at the University. Also informative updates provided on the MII and MIPs programs. I've less familiarity with MII, but have known about MIPs for a very long time. Both have some interesting pro's - and yet also have some real con's. But for the right company, subject area and opportunity they look to be another business 'tool' to have in the tool box.

    2 · April 16, 2014

  • Larry B.

    Wanted to encourage everyone to donate to the Robobees Team. The Robobees are the Robotics team from St. Mary's County Tech Center with over 45 kids particpating from all four high schools and homeschool kids. They also support numerous other robotic teams and events to teach younger kids. Fantastic program!!

    After 13 years they have finally won a regional in Pittsburgh and are headed to Nationals in St. Louis. They have been to National many times via the Charman's award. See youtube for videos. Their robot is amazing!

    Go to Low cost for a small company or individual to be a sponsor. My company is a sponsor and my son is on the team.

    Go Bees!!


    1 · April 15, 2014

    • Angela

      Larry! This is great! We'll be sure to give you the floor at tomorrow night's SMIT to make this shout out / announcement. Be sure to let folks know the date of the Nationals and by when to make their donations!

      April 15, 2014

  • Ronald K.

    The title could be "You Can Create Startups Based on Federal Research and Get Them Funded!" It has been my experience that there are a lot of similarities between University and Federal Tech Transfer.

    1 · April 10, 2014

  • Jim S.

    For those interested, PaxSpace is hosting a Micro-controller Mondays event Micro-controller Monday is an informal weekly gathering at PaxSpace where electronics and micro-controller enthusiasts of all experience levels meet to advance and discuss current and future projects. The night is free and open to the public; feel free to stop by and bring your friends!

    Come see our CNC router we built using an Arduino as the controller.

    2 · April 10, 2014

    • Angela

      Cool! We always like to see new tech Meetups in Southern Maryland! Check out the PaxSpace Meetup Page to sign up:­ . PaxSpace is our community MakerSpace for designing and fabricating STUFF!

      April 10, 2014

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