An incubator program, called Innovators in the Woods, was set up in May and recruits start-up businesses to pitch their energy technology ideas. The companies present their business concept to a three- to four-person panel, HTC Managing Director Charles Wohl said. The panel includes venture capitalists and business consultants. “Applicants are asked questions such as where the applicant sees their market, where do they see themselves going and what are the financial requirements to get there,” he said. “So that the reviewers and panel are able to identify needs and wants and where the support is—is there a natural match to help support and grow the business.” The pitch presentations, open to the public, offer a chance for investors to hear and ask questions, Economic Development Partnership CEO Gil Staley, said.
Established in December 2014, the incubator provides assistance with product validation, patent filings, market and consumer acquisition, regulatory permits, business plan development, connecting entrepreneurs to suppliers, and assembling management teams. Assistant director Paul Sachs says that during its inaugural year, the incubator picked up two additional municipal sponsors, Barry County and Allegan County; raised an additional $75,000 in public and private contributions; and officially took on four startup clients, with a fifth expected to come on board before the year is over.
One day, hopefully sooner rather than later, a truly energy-efficient ultra-low temperature (ULT) freezer will reach the market. Unfortunately for now, no technology exists that provides significant gains in efficiency, without compromising unit stability. Power savings can be achieved, but is the trade-off in reliability and temperature uniformity worth the risk of damaging laboratory samples?
Very low temperatures are needed to store biological samples for research, such as cell lines. And ultra-low-temperature (ULT) freezers can keep samples at temperatures below -80 C.
In the ULT freezer market there's a continued focus on sample protection. As users store priceless samples, they need to have ULT freezers that provide them with quick recovery and uniformity after door openings.