2019 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit

iMatSci Innovation Showcase

The iMatSci Innovation Showcase provides a platform for technology leaders at universities, research laboratories and startup companies to demonstrate the practical applications of their innovative, materials-based technologies. The goal of this program is to convene innovators, industry leaders and investors in one location to spur collaboration that accelerates the adoption of new materials technologies for real-world applications.

  • iMatSci Pitch Session Boot Camp—Hosted by Wolf Greenfield

    Monday, December 2
    5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    Office of Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C., 23rd Floor
    600 Atlantic Avenue., Boston, MA 02210

    In preparation for the Innovation Showcase, participating iMatSci startups will be welcomed to Wolf Greenfield, Massachusetts's largest intellectual property firm, for a private pitch session boot camp.

  • iMatSci Keynote Talk: From Mad Science to Mad Money—The Journey from Lab Concept to Commercial Success

    Tuesday, December 3
    8:00 am – 8:45 am
    Sheraton, 5th Floor, Public Garden

    Most university science concepts never cross the chasm from concept to commercial product. Listen as Matt Crowley of Vesper tells the story of one company that made it all the way from PhD thesis to tens of millions of unit shipments, and the many setbacks and obstacles on the road to success.

  • Chemical Angel Network Meeting and Pitch Session

    Tuesday, December 3
    9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Sheraton, 5th Floor, Public Garden

    The Chemical Angel Network provides a mechanism for accredited angel investors to source and vet quality early-stage investment opportunities. Watch as three iMatSci innovators have the chance to pitch their companies to CAN and compete for an opportunity to win a $10,000 seed round investment.

  • Startup Support Communities for Materials-Based Companies—Which Is Right for You?

    Tuesday, December 3
    10:00 am – 10:45 am
    Sheraton, 2nd Floor, Constitution A

    In this panel, you will learn the different roles that various Entrepreneurial Support Networks play in helping to get early-stage innovators started, and which option offers you the best chance for success.

  • Joint Ventures and Industry Partnerships

    Tuesday, December 3
    11:00 am – 11:45 am
    Sheraton, 2nd Floor, Constitution A

    We all know that research and innovation is at the heart of many large organizations today, but do you ever wonder what major companies look for in potential new ideas, inventions and innovators?

    Listen as a panel of industry professionals - who immerse themselves in the world of innovation and technology transfer every day - explain how to develop partnerships between small businesses and large organizations, and discuss the process of transitioning small-scale prototypes to market-worthy products.

  • Creating an Effective IP Strategy—What Startups Need to Know

    Tuesday, December 3
    12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
    Sheraton, 2nd Floor, Constitution A

    In this workshop designed specifically for the unique needs of startups in industry, founders and entrepreneurs will learn how to establish their presence in the marketplace, and how developing, protecting and managing their intellectual property (IP) is essential to maintaining a competitive edge.

  • Venture Funding for Materials Startups

    Tuesday, December 3
    1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
    Hynes, Level 2, The Hub Stage–Hall D

    Raising your first seed or Series-A round is particularly important to the growth and success of your new company. Want to know what investors look for in a pitch deck or the biggest mistakes startups make when pitching their products?  Then make sure to listen as our panel of top-tier materials-focused  angel networks, venture capital firms and private equity practices discuss the current trends in venture funding and the “dos and don’ts” of raising capital.

  • iMatSci Innovator Speed Pitches Q&A

    Tuesday, December 3
    2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Hynes, Level 2, The Hub Stage–Hall D

    Get a glimpse into the future as iMatSci innovators present a three-minute pitch of their new and original materials-based products.

  • iMatSci Innovator Table Demonstrations—Meet & Greet

    Tuesday, December 3
    5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
    Hynes, Level 2, The Hub–Hall D

    Connect with innovators at their tables as they demonstrate their newest materials-focused technologies, designed to deliver value in real-world applications. Private meeting spaces will be available. This event is kindly supported by the Delaware Innovation Space.

  • iMatSci Closing Keynote Address: Customers. Investors. Team. Oh My!

    Tuesday, December 3
    6:30 pm – 7:15 pm
    Hynes, Level 2, The Hub Stage–Hall D

    Transitioning from a research field to entrepreneurship requires a mental shift that is both intrinsic and extrinsic. Learn from Via Separations CEO, Shreya Dave, about the importance of interdisciplinarity, creativity and changing the world with market-driven technologies.

  • iMatSci Innovator Networking and Awards Reception

    Tuesday, December 3
    7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
    Sheraton, 1st Floor, Belvidere

    Celebrate with us as the top iMatSci innovators are presented with first, second and third place prizes and as the Chemical Angel Network and the Delaware Innovation Space announce the winners of their $10,000 seed-stage investments.

Symposium Support