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November 19, 2019

NNI Announces Launch of Nanotechnology Entrepreneurship Network

Lynn L. Bergeson Carla N. Hutton

The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) announced on November 19, 2019, the launch of the Nanotechnology Entrepreneurship Network (NEN), “a new community of interest to support entrepreneurs interested in commercializing nanotechnologies.”  According to NNI, NEN will bring new and seasoned entrepreneurs together with the people and resources available to support them.  NNI states that NEN will provide a forum for sharing best practices for advancing nanotechnology commercialization and the lessons learned along the technology development pathway.  Activities are likely to include a monthly podcast series, webinars, workshops, and town hall discussions.  The inaugural podcast in the series features a conversation between National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) Director Lisa Friedersdorf and Joe Sprengard, Chief Executive Officer and founder of Veelo Technologies, who discusses his journey as an entrepreneur and shares the advice he received when he was getting started.