We design ecosystems.
We help governments, corporations, and organizations to unlock the innovative potential in their ecosystems. Below are a few examples highlighting our work.
Driving regional economic growth
Bogotá, Colombia. We helped create a national organization to commercialize technologies and a national network for connecting innovators.
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Global Innovation Summit. We organized a major Silicon Valley conference that taught participants from 49 countries on how to grow their innovation ecosystems. Partners included USAID, Lemelson Foundation, World Bank, and dozens of others.
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Designing capital to catalyze innovation
Republic of Armenia. We designed the nation’s first venture fund, customized to catalyze entrepreneurial innovation and grow a capital ecosystem.
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Ministry of Education & Science, Kazakhstan. We serve on an international board overseeing $60 million to invest in startups, scientific development, and a national ecosystem.
Fostering organizational innovation
King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology, Saudi Arabia. We helped a network of incubators in Saudi Arabia develop methods to support its startup entrepreneurs and maximize their chances of success.
New Mexico State University. We ran a custom workshop for the School of Engineering to catalyze entrepreneurial innovation among its faculty, students, alumni, and partners.
Supporting the success of entrepreneurs hands-on
Bedaya Program, Palestine. We designed and supported an entrepreneurial mentoring program for Palestinian startups, with support from USAID and Cisco.
Institute for Information Industry, Taiwan. We designed and supported a program to link Taiwanese entrepreneurs with global markets, capital, and other resources.
We grow startups.
We invest our time and money in opportunities that we believe are undiscovered gems.
is a company discovering and commercializing new water filtration technologies that empower consumers everywhere to take clean drinking water into their own hands.
has developed proprietary technology that stabilizes and protects biological materials at room temperature without degradation. This breakthrough is disrupting the current cold chain logistics paradigm and is scalable to markets from biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, to genome mapping and forensics.
Somark Innovationsis a company started on the campus of Washington University that has developed a patented electronic ink tattoo for radio frequency identification (RFID) in animals. The price for each tattoo is based on the cost of ink and needles only. The process is user-friendly, and injection of the product is short and simple.
Blue Planet Strategies
has developed technology to extract copper from very low concentrations that were previously considered waste streams. The technology has the potential to possibly double the capacity and revenue of existing copper mines. The company received proof-of-concept funding from the National Institutes of Health.
is a spinout from the University of Kansas that developed an extremely fast technology for video search. The technology can detect the occurrence of just a few seconds of video in real-time when matched against a massive database. Veatros was acquired by DivX, Inc. (NASDAQ: DIVX).
is a company that has developed software for automobile retailers to manage their customer lifecycles. Auto Point was acquired by Service Repair Solutions, Inc.
is a company-in-formation that is commercializing fiber optic technology spinning out from the Florida Institute of Technology. This "spatial domain multiplexing" technology can potentially enhance the bandwidth of data networks by 2X to 4X and be compatibly placed into existing fiber optic systems at extremely low cost.
Green Liquid and Gas Technologies
is a spinout from the University of Florida whose technology was funded by DARPA and the Army. GLGT has developed a small-scale device to process almost all forms of waste and generate significant energy output within minutes. The device is omnivorous (capable of devouring almost anything), small-scale (about the size of a refrigerator), and creates output that can be comparable in energy content to natural gas. Using this device, a user can generate about 4X energy output versus input.
is the world leader in the development of land-based electromagnetic sensing to provide oil, mining, and geothermal companies advanced survey and monitoring services worldwide.
offers leading technology-enabled independent-living solutions to cost-effectively help the elderly remain independent longer, safer and more comfortably.
is a spinout from Stony Brook University in Long Island, NY, whose technology was funded by the National Institutes of Health. STAR has created a biomedical membrane that can be used inside the body to prevent adhesions, to administer antibiotics, painkillers, and genetic therapies, and to assist in tissue engineering. STAR's membranes can be precisely tuned with various chemistries so that they can dissolve away inside the body after a few months.