FL-CAN Workshop Series – 6 week workshop

Build Your Cleantech Business with a Clean Cap Table: How to Secure Non-Diluted Funding Through Grants

Cleantech, energy and other environmental product businesses usually require large R&D commitments, exponentially growing hiring plans, and intensive capital equipment investments, regardless of the promising potential of these markets. Come attend this 6 week workshop to get a thorough prowess and gain experience in identifying and preparing cleantech/energy/environment specific grants to secure funding for the above activities.

Learn how to secure a portion of the billions of dollars in opportunities from federal agencies such as the US Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Defense, to lesser known resources from state and private foundations such as the Cleantech Open, WWL, Wells Fargo, Alcoa Foundation, and many others. You will actually submit a proposal for your organization or for a local cleantech R&D company (Florida Cleantech Acceleration program participating companies) by the end of the 6 weeks, so please be prepared for some “homework”!

Andrea WesserAndrea Wesser began her entrepreneurship career from the inventor’s side, having worked on designing and developing patentable products in biomedical applications. While learning the process to properly commercialize one of her inventions, she took a position in the University of Central Florida’s Office of Research & Commercialization in 2006, and that inevitably honed her technology commercialization skills rapidly. Since taking on her role there, she has assisted hundreds of companies achieve millions of dollars in funding, either through investment pitch and business plan coaching, or through SBIR/STTR and other grant writing. She has coached and authored a number of winning grants across every federal agency, delivering over $25 million in funding opportunities to companies and universities. She has also won several prestigious awards for start-up companies, including most recently, an R&D 100 and World Technology Award. Today, Andrea runs two accelerator services programs which support cleantech small businesses and universities throughout the ten states of the Southeastern US – MegaWatt Ventures and the Florida Cleantech Acceleration Network. Andrea has also developed new educational materials to promote science and engineering to children for local and international governments, and has assisted in grant funding opportunities in this area as well. Andrea received her Masters in Mechanical Engineering, Miniature Systems Engineering; a Graduate minor in Technology Commercialization; and BSME with Honors in Mechanical Engineering, all from the University of Central Florida.