By Tim Ryan

In a transformative stride toward invigorating the innovation and technology landscape of Hampton Roads, the OpenSeas Technology Innovation Hub at Old Dominion University (ODU) proudly announces its newly minted membership in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) illustrious Power Connector Network. This pivotal development heralds a new era of opportunities for local entrepreneurs and technologists eager to navigate the complexities of DOE’s SBIR/STTR funding programs, propelling forward the mission of Innovate Hampton Roads (IHR) to foster a vibrant, inclusive, and interconnected ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship in our region.

With the goal of democratizing access to vital resources and knowledge, the OpenSeas Technology Innovation Hub is set to host a series of no-cost events and resources tailored for those contemplating or currently embarking on applications for DOE SBIR/STTR funding opportunities. These initiatives underscore our unwavering commitment to nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit and technological prowess within our community, providing a solid foundation for future growth and development.

The upcoming webinars offer a comprehensive exploration of essential topics ranging from Lean Start-Up Orientation and Creating & Estimating Value to Outreach to Industry & Stakeholders, and Commercialization Planning & Funding. Scheduled between February 6 and February 28, these sessions are designed to equip participants with the insights and tools necessary for successful engagement with DOE’s funding programs.

Moreover, the DOJO – Community Group Discussion, running from February 8 to March 7, presents a unique platform for collaborative learning and networking, encouraging participants to share experiences, challenges, and strategies related to the SBIR/STTR application process. This initiative, alongside opportunities for one-on-one consultations with Steve Goad, Program Coordinator, and Jerry Cronin, Executive Director of OpenSeas, further exemplifies the holistic support system IHR and OpenSeas are dedicated to providing to our entrepreneurial community.

Innovation and entrepreneurship are the lifeblood of regional development and prosperity. The inclusion of OpenSeas Technology Innovation Hub in the DOE Power Connector Network marks a significant milestone in our journey towards establishing Hampton Roads as a beacon of innovation and technological advancement. We invite all aspiring entrepreneurs, technologists, and innovators to leverage these invaluable resources and join us in shaping a brighter, more innovative future for our region.

For more details on the OpenSeas Technology Innovation Hub and to register for the upcoming events, please visit our website. Should you have any inquiries or require further information, do not hesitate to reach out to Jerry Cronin, Executive Director, at Together, let’s embark on this exciting journey of growth, discovery, and success.