April 7-8, 2017


New Mexico Tech's Fidel Center Ballroom, Socorro, NM



30 Professional Speakers
Official New Mexico Tech Logo

Event Details / Be Informed

Event: Second Annual Inventors and Entrepreneurs Workshop, A Business Start-Up Conference

Purpose: Two days devoted to creativity and personal success. An event for facilitating the progression of ideas from conception to market.

Location: 3rd Floor Ballroom, Fidel Center
New Mexico Tech
Socorro, New Mexico

Date: April 7th and 8th of 2017

Fidel Center


Heliostat- NMT Mechanical Engineering Project

Conference Room

Special Segment / Wolves Den sponsored by KAUFFMAN

Wolves Den Orientation Video

Similar to the popular Shark Tank television show, New Mexico Tech’s own Wolves’ Den will feature inventors presenting their ideas to a panel of successful, experienced investors and entrepreneurs. Presenters will be selected based on invention summaries submitted to a NMT committee. The basis for the Wolves Den is intellectual property (IP). All presenting inventors will be showcasing commercialization ideas that are built around IP that is either protected or protectable.

IP may be protected in many ways, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. There is no restriction on the type of protection – or potential protection – but all Wolves’ Den presentations will be IP based.

Wolves’ Den presenters will be competing for funding and/or legal in-kind services that may be used to advance their innovation to commercialization.
The Wolves’ Den panel is set to consist of six members who are prominent investors and early- stage commercialization experts who come from New Mexico, New York City, and Palo Alto, CA.

Inventors attending the workshop cannot bring their prototypes, etc. to the event unless they have been chosen as a Wolves Den presenter.

Kauffman Foundation is sponsoring the prizes: 1st place – $5,000, 2nd place – $3,500 and 3rd place – $1,500.

Additional Wolves’ Den Materials

The following materials are available using the hyperlinks below:

Wolves Den Executive Summary
Wolves Den Rules and Regulations
Wolves Den FAQ
Online Application for Wolves’ Den Participants

Mini Workshops Series

February 14 @ 3 pm: From Idea to Product to Market – Special presentation by Randy Asselin, CEO/President of RockTops Digital Media, LLC

February 21 @ 3 pm: Intellectual Property Strategies –  Dr. Peter Anselmo

February 28 @ 3pm: Perfecting your Pitch Special Presentation by John Freisinger, CEO/President Technology Ventures   Corporation

March 9 @ 4pm: Wolves Den Help Session- Location: Cramer 127

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Conference Schedule / Be Prepared

NM Success Story #2

Panel: ” How do you know when/if you have a great idea?”

From Inventor to Entrepreneur - The Road to Success

Moderator: Dr. Peter Anselmo, Executive Director, Center for Technology Commercialization, NMT

This panel will look at all aspects of evaluating a new idea. What happens after the light bulb goes on? How can you tell whether to move forward? Monetary success is the planned objective. Factors to consider before taking next steps- and preparing to go "all in".

Special Presentation

Panel: “ Making a dream come true: from idea to product”

The Ingredients to Success: People - Timing - Money Moderator: Lionel Leventhal, Managing Director, Houlihan Lokey, New York, NY The panel will cover the key steps in going from idea to initial prototype or first iteration of an idea or design. How does one actually create something based on a good idea? What are the different paths and pitfalls that await, even when your idea is a really good one?

Keynote: Gordon Moore

Gordon Moore, President, Lectrosonics, Inc. will tell about his experiences in winning an Oscar at the Hollywood Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. He is a New Mexico Tech alumni.

NM Success Story #5

Western Barbecue and Special Keynote: “Why Start Your Own Business?” “What Does Success Look Like?”

Experience is what you get when you do not get what you want. Norman Smith, Ph.D. President/Chairman, he has founded nine successful startups in the past thirty years, raising their annual revenue to over $100 million each. He has raised over $250 million in startup funding and has executive management experience in several fields, including cutting edge innovations in retail, technology, manufacturing, and international business development. He has started successful joint ventures in Hong Kong, Thailand, and China–the average annual growth of which was 1500%. He currently serves as a board member for Haws Corporation, C4Cube, Trenlot, Inc., Above Nevada, Masquerade Media, and International Milk Bank.


Panel: “Creating Your Own Future”

Moderator: Mitchel Kirschner, CEO, MIK Development, Inc. NYC In a Q&A format, this panel will discuss alternative ways to get from prototype to revenue, including issues like choices for funding when a first version of a design is ready for customers and development of a technology plan for your invention.

Keynote: “A Success Story”

Jim Healy will tell how he turned his creativity into a multimillion business, sold it and started all over again in a totally different industry.


Like the popular Shark Tank, a panel of investors will screen qualified presentations seeking funding. All attendees will get to vote. Panelists will be from the program presenters. The top prize will be $5,000, with second place earning $3,500 and third prize getting $1,500.

Networking, Box Lunches & After Party

Personal Planning Session: Applying the Ideas Designing and developing your prototype – What are the options? The Business Plan, how many pages? How much funding do I need? This is an open Q&A session with program panelists Moderator: Peter Anselmo Here is a session where you can ask all your questions and hopefully discover all the answers. Whatever you want to know, from early stage inventing to starting your business to building a team and raising the much needed funding.  

Closing Comments

Event Speakers / Meet the Speakers

Dr. Peter Anselmo (Executive Director, Center for Technology Commercialization, New Mexico Tech)
John Chavez (President, New Mexico Angels, Albuquerque, NM)
Dr. Raul A. Deju (NMT Alum, Sr Partner Brightstar Capital Partners, Author “We Got Mojo”)
Dr. Frank Etscorn (New Mexico Tech faculty, Inventor of the Nicotine Patch)
John Garcia (Director U.S. Small Business Administration)
David Gonzales (President/COO, Bison Oil&Gas,Inc.;Co-Founder Drillnomics )
Kathy Hansen (Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM)
Jim W. Healy (CEO/Founder Northwest Bio Corp)
Lionel Leventhal (Houlihan Lokey, New York, NY)
Craig Kenesky (Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati, New York, NY)
Mitchell Kirschner (MLK Development, Inc., NYC)
Mollybeth Kocialski (Director of the Rocky Mountain Regional USPTO)
Nola Masterson (Science Futures, Palo Alto, CA)
Damon Matteo (CEO, Fulcrum Strategy, Palo Alto, CA)
Mark McCausland(CEO/President, Ultramain Systems, Albuquerque, NM)
Gordon Moore (President, Lectronics Inc., Rio Rancho,NM)
Jackie Moore (Executive Director, Sandia Science&Technology Park, Albuquerque, NM)
Dr. Srinivas Mukkamala (CEO, RiskSense, Albuquerque, NM)
Deborah Peacock (Chair, New Mexico Tech Board of Regents)
Dave Pesiri (Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM)
Dr. Sanjay Prasad (Intellectual Property International, LLC Palo Alto, CA)
Bill Reichert (Director/Co-founder, Garage Technology Ventures, Los Altos, CA)
Stuart Rose (New Mexico Bioscience Center, Albuquerque, NM)
Andres Salazar (Technology Ventures Corporation, Albuquerque, NM)
Gideon Shaanan (CEO, Osenti, Inc., Palo Alto, CA)
Norman Smith (President/Chairman VizKinect, Reno, NV)
Tom Stephenson (Verge Fund, Albuquerque, NM)
Dr. Waneta Tuttle (President/CEO, Southwest Medical Ventures, Albuquerque, NM)
Larry Udell (Licensing Executives Society and New Mexico Tech)
Dr. Stephen Wells (President, New Mexico Tech)

Event Sponsors / Thank You For Your Generosity

Sponsor Us / Show Interest And Promote Your Organization

Each attendee will be provided with a bag of sponsor marketing materials.

Special sponsorship is available for the Friday evening barbecue and the Saturday box lunch

The sponsorship registration period starts on November 15, 2016 and closes on March 31, 2017

Download:  Sponsorship Info

Gold Sponsor


Opportunity to introduce Keynote speaker or be a panel presenter

Your logo and company description prominently displayed on the website, with a hyperlink to your corporate website

Your logo promoted on meeting materials

Appreciation for your company sponsorship noted at meeting

Opportunity to place your promotional materials on provided meeting tables dedicated for your company use

Six complimentary passes for your employees or clients

Dedicated tablet to place your promotional materials

Your logo projected on screen beforehand and during breaks at the Conference

Silver Sponsor


Your logo and company description prominently displayed on the website, with a hyperlink to your corporate website

Your logo promoted on meeting materials

Opportunity to place your promotional materials on our meeting tables

Dedicated table to place your promotional materials

Four complimentary passes for your employees or clients

Your logo projected on screen beforehand and during conference breaks

Bronze Sponsor


Your logo and company description displayed on the website, with a hyperlink to your corporate website

Your logo promoted on meeting materials

Two complimentary passes for your employees or clients

Event Registration / Be A Part Of The Experience

Ticket Descriptions

Students with ID, all schools – $25.00
Student ID’s will be checked at the door

Seniors (65+), Military,Veterans and Special Needs – $ 45.00

Early Registration – $ 75.00
For purchases prior to March 10th

Standard Registration – $ 95.00

At the door – $ 125.00

  • Please bring a print out of your email receipt

Payment Instructions

Please click the following button to submit your payment information using NMT’s secure payment system:

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Event Location

Building: Fidel Center
Room: 3rd Floor Ballroom
Campus: New Mexico Tech
City: Socorro, New Mexico
Parking: All campus parking is free of charge and available for use unless marked otherwise.

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Contact Us / How May We Help You?

Dr. Peter Anselmo :
Luca Ispirescu :
Larry Udell :