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February 5, 2014
The MTTC and the Mass Clean Energy Center have awarded Catalyst funding to five inventors which will enable them to develop prototypes and further test their technologies.  These awards allow researchers and company founders to show the commercial viability of their technologies and secure further funding.  See story below for more details.

The MTTC has a new Twitter handle - please follow us  @MassTTC to hear about technologies being commercialized and newly forming start-ups.

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Spin-off and Start-up News
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MTTC Update

Catalyst Awards
MTTC, in conjunction with MassCEC, awarded five $40,000 grants to entrepreneurs with promising clean energy technologies in MA: Refresh Water, Building Envelope Materials, Loci Controls, Inc., Energy Intelligence, and Martin Bazant/Cullen Buie from MIT. For more details, go to
These awards have been offered twice yearly for the past four years. The launch of the next award cycle will be February 26th, 2014. Click on for more information and contact Michele Bernier at [email protected]with any questions.


The Early-Stage Life Sciences Technology Conference X   

When: Thursday, April 10, 2014 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Merck Research Laboratories, 33 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA 02115


The Early-Stage Life Sciences Technology Conference X  is a showcase for platform life sciences technologies developed at the universities, research institutions, and hospitals of Massachusetts and for recently formed Massachusetts companies. Companies that have presented at our first nine Early Stage Life Sciences Conferences have raised over $250 million in new investments.


To apply to present please download the Presenter Application Form 2014 
To apply to exhibit please download the
Exhibitor Application Form 2014 

All applications must be submitted by February 28, 2014.    

For more information about the event and to register please visit    

If you have any questions regarding presenting or exhibiting please contact Julia Goldberg at [email protected].       

Abi Barrow, MTTC Director, recently revised the
MTTC Investor Pitch Template. This PPT includes master slides as well as notes and suggestions garnered from coaching hundreds of entrepreneurs. A tester of the new template noted "...the first version was very helpful, this [updated] one is fantastic - very clear, much more concrete.  It is long, but this a worthwhile trade off in order to be able to include all the step-by-step instructions and examples." Aylit Schultz, MD, Founder & CEO , AQH (Access Quality Health)

For the convenience of Technology Transfer Licensing officers a new model JIA and PPMA are now available on the MTTC website

This model JIA and PPMA have been endorsed by 18 institutions to date. You can find them on the AUTM website as well as on the MTTC website:
Funding Opportunities
Up to $1M for technology collaborations between Israel and MASS 


If you are working with a company in Israel or looking to partner with one, know that there are funding opportunities for up to $1M from the BIRD-F.


Submission deadline for the Executive Summaries - March 10, 2014

Submission deadline for the   Final Proposal - April 10, 2014

To learn more about the BIRD foundation and how to apply click HERE.


NEIBC, the official representative of the BIRD Foundation in MA, is inviting you to participate in an informative session to learn about the application process and timelines.


When: Monday, February 10, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM (EST)

Where: MIT, Building E40, Room 496 (4th Floor), 1 Amherst street, Cambridge, MA  

For more information and to register please visit the Event website

CAMTech $100,000 Innovation Awards


With support from the Bacca Foundation and the  Omidyar Network, the Center for Global Health is pleased to announce the next round of Innovation Awards to accelerate innovative technologies to improve health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries.

Innovation Awards are designed to be a part of a growing portfolio of health technologies supported by the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies and provide one year of research, development and/or commercialization support at a research institution, NGO or for-profit company. 


Submission Deadline: February 13, 2014

For additional information, please visit Center for Global Health website

Spin-off and Start-up News

Practically Green Raises $2.5 Million in Equity Capital

Practically Green, a presenter at the Global Cleantech Meetup 2013, a privately held, Boston-based provider of online content and services that encourage people to make healthy and eco-friendly choices, has raised $2.5 million of equity investment, according to a new SEC filing by the company. Investors in the company include CommonAngels, the Boston area angel investment group. Founded in 2010, Practically Green offers expert content with social and game mechanics for users to accrue points, track their progress, and gain recognition for the positive steps they take in regards to their health and environmentally sustainable behavior. The company previously raised $750,000 seed funding round followed by an additional $1 million round in early 2012.  

New Catalyst Awardee and Platform Participant among latest TechStar class in Boston.

TechStar Boston recently announced their latest class.  The new class of 12 companies includes Catalyst Awardee Refresh as well as ecoVent whose founders recently participated in the MTTC's Platform program. More details

Drizly Raised $2.25 million of Seed Capital

Drizly, the provider of an alcohol order delivery iPhone app, has raised $2.25 million of seed capital, the company announced on Wednesday. Founded by three classmates from Boston College in 2011, Drizly currently offers beer, wine and liquor delivered to customers' doorsteps in New York City and Boston. The company's turnkey offering provides retail stores a way to offer "convenient, and responsible on-demand liquor delivery." Investors in the company include Atlas Ventures, through an AngelList syndicate, among them Abundance Partners, Breakaway Ventures, Continental Advisors, Fairhaven Capital and Reynolds & Company Venture Partners, and a group of individual entrepreneurs. Read more 

Events of Interest

WEST: Effective Transition from Academia to Industry


When: February 6, 2014, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, 7 Cambridge Center, Monadnock Room, Cambridge, MA


Learn the critical skills necessary for a smooth and effective transition from academia to industry. Join us for this annual event to hear lessons learned from a variety of individual experiences.


For more information and to register please visit the Event website 

MassTLC Annual Meeting: The State of Technology - Propelling Recovery and New Economic Opportunities


When: February 13, 2014 7:30 - 11:00 AM

Where: Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, 606 Congress Street, Boston, MA


What do we need to do to ensure that Massachusetts maintains its strength and competitive advantage with New York, Silicon Valley and other tech regions? Join business and technology leaders from the public and private sector for MassTLC's 2014 Annual Meeting and learn about growth opportunities, and how the public and private sector must work together to promote innovation and competition to retain regional status.


For more information and to register please visit the Event website  

MIT Enterprise Forum: What is New in Innovation?   


When: February 26, 2014 5:30-8:00pm

Where: MIT Stata Center, Kirsch Auditorium, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA 02139


What happens when you put together the best minds tackling the most challenging dilemmas of our times? What if you could hear first-hand the radically new ways to rethink global issues, dynamic product strategy, disruptive business models, new team dynamics and inventive go-to-market strategies?


The MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge invites you to join and hear, see and imagine the latest in innovation in innovation.

After event party in the R&D Pub, 4th Floor of the MIT Stata Center

For more information and to register please visit the Event website 

MIT Sloan BioInnovations Conference: Precision Medicine & Impact of Innovation on Targeted Care


When: February 28, 2014
Where: Boston Marriott Cambridge Hotel, Kendall Square, Cambridge , MA


MIT Sloan BioInnovations 2014 will bring together industry, academic, and policy leaders to explore the business opportunities in tracking and identifying particular genetic factors as well as the role of genetic information in the development of new therapies. We will also discuss how this trend impacts and is impacted by the regulatory environment and reimbursement environment in U.S. healthcare system.


For more information and to register please visit the Event website 

Online Investor Challenge: Offshore Renewables Global Startups   


When: March 17 - 20   


Future Energy is a series of events that connects entrepreneurs, researchers, and private investors in the energy and clean-tech industries to develop and commercialize radical solutions to the world's energy challenges.

This dynamic startup-investor pitch event. is sponsored by Shell International's GameChanger Program will connect energy startups from around the world with venture capital and corporate investors in the energy and clean-tech industries. Participating Future Energy investors include Shell, GE, Siemens, Lux Capital, New Venture Partners, Khosla Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, and many more.


Application Deadline: Friday, February 7

For more information, to apply and to register please visit the Event website or contact Mike at [email protected]   


Related event: ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

When: February 24, 2014 | 5:30-7:30pm

Where: Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD 20745
For more information and to register please visit the Event website

The Bioscience Network: What's in it for (23and) me


When: March 13, 2014 5:30-9:00PM
The Broad Institute, 7 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA

On November 22, the FDA informed 23andMe that the agency believed that the company was, "marketing the 23andMe Saliva Collection Kit and Personal Genome Service without marketing clerance or approval in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosemtic Act.


Has the FDA overstepped its regulatory purview? Is 23andMe the tip of the iceberg? Should individuals have the right to their own medical information? Is the role of government to protect us from potentially harmful medical information? Myriad questions arise from this recent FDA action. Join TBN at The Broad Institute to hear a stellar panel debate the issue in a highly interactive setting!


For more information and to register please visit the Event website

Life Science Nation: Redefining Early Stage Investments conference


When: March 24, 2014

Where: The State Room, Boston, MA


Redefining Early Stage Investments is a quarterly, ongoing conference series that will be establishing a global circuit for early stage life sciences companies to source investors, create relationships, and eventually, get funding. These events will give early stage life science companies the chance to start, resume or close conversations with relevant investors, creating a global dialogue to bring products to market at a faster pace.

For more information and to register please visit the Event website

MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge: In-NOW-vation Technology Showcase


When: April 17, 2014,  6:00 - 9:00 PM

Where: Microsoft NERD Center, 1st Floor, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA


Call for Exhibitors - Application deadline is March 4, 2014 


You are invited to apply to exhibit at  In-NOW-Vation Technology Showcase & Celebration. This is a curated event, as soon as you complete your application we will start the review process.
There is no cost  to exhibit, so apply today!

Showcase your company, compete for cool prizes, enjoy a cocktail party and a demo night.


For more information, to exhibit and to register please visit the Event website 

MIT Enterprise Forum: The 5th Annual Auto-ID & Sensing Solutions Expo 

: May 7, 2014 4:00 - 9:00pm
Where: MIT Media Lab, 6th Floor, 75 Amherst Street Cambridge, MA 02139

The 5th Annual Auto-ID & Sensing Solutions Expo hosted by the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge, presents today's outstanding products, companies and thought leaders in RFID, NFC and other "contactless" technologies. It features dozens of exhibits plus panel discussions with some of the industry's most widely followed authorities.

Annual Expo attracts a diverse crowd - people interested in the business benefits of Auto-ID, implementers, developers, investors, research analysts, end users, consultants, educators, integrators, students, hardware and software providers. 

For more information, to exhibit and to register please visit the Event website 

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