For the past several years, my office, the UH Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development, has conducted semi-regular technology showcases here in town to selected groups of companies that we thought might have an interest in some of the new technologies being developed at UH. Those showcases, focused solely on UH technologies, met with some limited success. However, this past year we broke out of our mold and partnered with HiBEAM, Enterprise Honolulu, and the Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation to co-host two technology showcases on the US mainland featuring UH technologies and Hawaii technology companies. Participants at the two events included Sopogy, Nanopoint (twice), Kuehnle Agrosystems, and Manoa Biosciences. At both events, we offered attendees a chance to see and hear about some of the exciting new technologies being developed in Hawaii by private companies and at UH. Attendees were, for the most part, potential investors and companies or individuals interested in new business opportunities. We've been very pleased with the results of both events, enough so that we are planning to hold at least one such event again next year on the mainland, in addition to holding an event here in state as well.
Question - have others done this sort of co-marketing of talent, technology, and opportunity? If so, what has worked well for you?
I'm really pleased to see the advent of TechHui, because we are always looking for ways to engage adidtional partners/participants/licensees in our technology commercialization activities.