The series of six seminar workshops, supported by Los Alamos National Laboratory and US Bank, helps to prepare students for the UNM Business Plan Competition. A leading professional in the field of accounting, business finance, new business funding, technology management, business plan presentation skills, or other related area will offer students an extension of the knowledge they gain in the classroom. It also provides the opportunity for student entrepreneurs to initiate relationships with key community influencers in a dialogue-style setting.   Seminars are held on selected Friday dates in ASM 1064, from 9:30am – 11:30am and attendance by Competition teams is strongly encouraged. RSVPs are requested. 

2013-2014 SEMINARS Program

September 27, 2013:             “Issues in Technology Commercialization” Peter Atherton, Senior Manager of Industry Partnerships, Sandia National Laboratories (ASM 1064, 9:30-11:30am)

October 18, 2013:                 “Lean Startups” Scot Moye, CEO, Evolve AES

Scot Moye“Lean Startups” Meet Scot Moye, CEO and Founder, Evolve Advanced Energy Strategies, Inc. A successful entrepreneur, Moye will speak on the "lean" movement that is changing how new products are built and launched, followed by a question and answer session. A light breakfast will be served.



November 22, 2013:             “The Challenge of Entrepreneurship”, Jim McNally, COO, Applied Technology Associates 
                                               and former CEO, TruTouch  (Note change of date, formerly scheduled for Friday, Nov. 15)

Jim McNallyMeet Jim McNally ('86 PhD), COO, Applied Technology Associates and former CEO, TruTouch, and hear his thoughts on “The Challenge of Entrepreneurship.” An expert in precision-sensing measurement and control devices with commercial and military applications, he brings invaluable insights for students considering an entrepreneurial career path. McNally's contributions advanced the development and commercialization of noninvasive alcohol testing products, recognized by Time magazine as an invention of the year in 2006. Followed by a question and answer session. A light breakfast will be served.

January 31, 2014:                 “Financial Information for Startups: Why Are the Numbers Important?” 
                                               John W. Brown, CEO Silent Falcon      

John w. BrownMeet John Brown, CEO of Silent Falcon. John Brown is an investment banking, corporate finance, private equity professional and senior entrepreneurial executive. Currently President and CEO of Silent Falcon UAS Technologies, John is responsible for management and oversight of this high tech, high innovation designer, manufacturer and marketer of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and UAS components for the global defense, public safety and intelligence markets. His extensive experience in the financing, oversight and management of venture capital and private equity backed businesses as private equity investor, Chairman, CEO, CFO and on the board of directors give him unparalled understanding of how to successfully launch a new venture. Followed by a question and answer session.


February 14, 2014                “Presenting Your Business Plan”, John Freisinger, CEO, Technology Ventures                                                                     Corporation                    

John FreisingerMeet John Freisinger, President and CEO of Technology Ventures Corporation.  A dynamic speaker, John will tell your team how to put your best foot forward.  Hear how TVC has assisted entrepreneurs in raising over $1.2 billion in equity financing, form 124 new companies and create more than 13,500 jobs. Learn from one of the most exciting leaders in our area. You will love what John has to say, so start Valentine’s Day off with his words of wisdom. Followed by a question and answer session. A light breakfast will be served.



 February 28, 2014:  Competition Information & Questions Session (9:30a.m.-11:30a.m. ASM 1064) Mandatory for each team to send at least one representative.  Full team attendance is strongly encouraged.

The presentation will include a review of plan requirements, formatting and submission instructions for the new online tool PitchBurner. All competition materials will be managed through PitchBurner so this seminar is essential to successful participation and satisfaction of plan requirements. A light breakfast will be served. Teams should come prepared with questions for a session of open dialogue and inquiry.


Presentation Skills - Teams may wish to explore coaching opportunities with area ToastMasters clubs which can assist in building or honing presentation skills. Suggested clubs, convenient to UNM, are listed below.

Lobo Toastmasters - Club #: 6002, Dist #: 23 Area: C32, Est: 2/12/2002
Special deal for UNM Engineering and UNM Anderson students, courtesy of Dean Catalin Roman and Dean Doug Brown:
Get your first six months free ($36!) as a new Lobo Toastmaster. (A monthly membership fee of $1.00 will apply, plus a one-time new member fee of $20 for instructional manuals).

Meeting Time: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, Thursday Club Status: Open to all.
University of New Mexico Student Union Building, Mirage/Thunderbird room 3041/3043, third floor, 
For more information, call 505-255-7794 or Lobo Toastmasters UNM Facebook or  Click here to email the club.

Toastmasters @ TVC - Club #: 1069037, Dist #: 23  Area: B22, Est: 10/4/2007

Meeting Time: 12:30 p.m., Tuesday Club Status: Open to all
Technology Ventures Corp 1155 University Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM, 87106-4320, United States
505-843-4202   - Visit their webpage
Toastmasters @TVC Facebook or click here to email the club.