COMS 2020 – Fall 2020

COMS (Commercialization of Emerging Technologies)

Planning for COMS 2020 is under RFQ.  Canada, Puerto Rico and Washington DC are potential locations.  The theme of this event will be Resilence. How do we make emerging technologies resilient to weather the storm of high volume commercialization.

The COMS conference fosters commercialization of emerging technologies by providing a highly interactive meeting for vetting technology commercialization ideas, maximizing chance for exponential commercialization success and obtaining one-on-one feedback of all issues commercialization. Attendees who will benefit from a COMS meeting include local economic development stakeholders, entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, product development VPs/directors/managers, government and academic IP licensing agents, technology industry consultants, management of innovation and disruptive technology practitioners and venture, angel and institutional investors. The COMS meetings are not academic conferences but are focused on lessons learned in creating and scaling businesses, and expanding the local economy and job market.

The COMS event is typically 3-4 days in late summer or fall with 150-250 attendees representing the local and global commercialization community. Typically a half day is reserved for local industry tours, community highlights and social activity. Co-located exhibition for sponsor companies and organizations runs in parallel with the conference. At least 50 speakers address aspects of a ‘conference theme’ interspersed with several open topical panel discussions. Extensive periods are available for networking and one-on-one ‘troubleshooting’. At the end of the conference abstracts and videos of presentations are made available on the conference website and selections will ultimately be archived on the MANCEF website.

The main conference is often preceded by a one day long ‘entrepreneurial bootcamp’ which addresses all issues of technology commercialization from formation and fundraising to marketing and scaling. Local companies looking for advice on how to maximize their opportunities for commercialization success are invited to participate for a nominal fee. Mentors from MANCEF provide their knowledge and experience in highly interactive break-out sessions where entrepreneurs develop pitches for the particular stage they are at in their company. Three of the top presentations are selected for final presentation during the conference banquet where cash awards are typically provided by a sponsor.

In addition to the main conference, if funding can be secured, a post-conference site visit program can be arranged providing a ‘value-add’ benefit for conference delegates as well as exposure for local technology organizations thereby facilitating potential business and collaborative opportunities.