What is MANCEF

MANCEF is a non-profit organization comprised of an international group of passionate technology commercialization evangelists who’s goal it is to accelerate the commercialization of emerging technology of all varieties.

Within this group one finds ‘professional entrepreneurs’ and highly experienced commercialization practitioners from industry, government and academia who possess hundreds of cumulative years of commercialization experience and have seen and coached newco’s through numerous manufacturing, marketing, and product introduction pitfalls having a deep understanding of the ingredients necessary for commercialization success. Members of MANCEF are also available to provide direct mentoring through candid, constructive commercialization guidance and feedback one-on-one and case-by-case. This experience base can be accessed by sponsoring an international COMS or local COMET meeting as well as by sponsoring a MANCEF commercialization session in conjunction with your organization’s professional meetings.


MANCEF helps accelerate commercialization of emerging technology through:

  • Roadmapping: MANCEF has been a pioneer in providing insight into emerging market needs, new exponential businesses and evolving manufacturing and workforce requirements through its first of a kind roadmap publications
  • COMS Conferences: 25 year history of international commercialization gatherings
  • COMETS workshops: by invitation only topical meetings
  • International Networking: connections to the rapidly evolving commercialization world community


Example MANCEF highlights over the years:

  • Only emerging tech commercialization organization to promote free trade among the Americas (conferences in Mexico and Canada)
  • Helped form multiple partnerships / local organizing groups: FUMEC in Canada, SRI partnership with U. of S. Florida, creation of IVAM in Germany and the Dortmund cluster, creation of NanoMEMS Edmonton
  • Assisted in numerous newco launches and development of marketing plans
  • Created agreements among private and public sector concerns: Sensocure and MiniFAB in Australia, Alberta Center for Advanced Micro/Nano Technologies to create new facility and foster commercialization efforts

Brief History of MANCEF

In the early 1990s there was no serious international organisation devoted to the commercial exploitation of micro-nanotechnologies which were at the time relatively new.

After a conference on Commercialisation of Microsystems held in Banff, Canada in 1994, a small group of international players decided to initiate a series of follow up conferences that later became known as COMS.

A second well-attended conference sponsored by The US Engineering Foundation (EF) and the Semiconductor Equipment and Material International (SEMI) was held in Hawaii in 1996. After the conference a decision was made to form the Micro and Nanotechnology Commercialisation Education Foundation (MANCEF) to manage COMS conferences and promote the commercialisation of small technologies. MANCEF was officially incorporated on 26 December 2000 in Florida USA as a not-for-profit foundation with a President and Board of Directors.

Before MANCEF, the commercialization of MNTs was hindered because the community did not fully understand how to leverage small technologies. MANCEF was the first international organization to bring together the various players to expedite commercialisation through its COMS conferences. They provide a meeting place and a platform for researchers, practitioners, manufacturers, suppliers, funders, investors, educationalists and government representatives to come together to share knowledge on the latest developments in emergent technologies with the aim of accelerating commercialisation and exploring paths to the global market. Above all else, MANCEF and COMS facilitate networks that help to create awareness, economic development, new business and employment opportunities.