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WBT2013 Now Accepting Applications

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The team behind the World’s Best Technologies Innovation Marketplace (WBT2013) has interviewed a cross-section of investors and licensees to learn what types of technologies they are seeking for investing and licensing. To see a list of the Hot Markets and Sizzling Sectors visit, WBT Technology ScoutingInterviews are on-going, and the list will continue to be updated until the application deadline (July 12, 2013), so check back often.


WBT Innovation Marketplace showcases a large collection of vetted and mentored companies and technologies from top universities, labs, research institutions, and the private sector from across the country and around the globe. Participating technologies are selected by and presented to over 100 seasoned venture investors and Fortune 500 licensing scouts representing a variety of industries. Attendees will include he venture capital community, corporate licensees, angel investors, state seed managers, federal lab researchers, university researchers, tech transfer and licensing professionals and international trade and technology organizations from around the nation and the globe.

Past Results of WBT

Since its inception in 2002 the WBT Innovation Marketplace has presented over 630 emerging companies and technologies representing 49 states and 25 countries. To date WBT presenters have received over $786 Million in early and seed stage funding and licensing. These figures do not consider subsequent federal R&D grants or sources of other government, state, local grant funding, or licensing agreements of undisclosed amounts.

$786 Million in “next round” capital (includes acquisitions) including:

  • Life Science – $359 MM
  • IT and Software – $241 MM
  • Energy – $69MM
  • Advanced Materials – $51MM

Over 10 years of research shows that one in three WBT presenters goes on to license, secure venture funding, or sell their IP outright. View WBT Alumni.

To learn more about the benefits of applying to WBT2013, click here.

Prospective Presenters

Prospective presenters can be broadly divided into two groups – actual startup companies and pure technologies (i.e. institutions representing researchers still in the lab.) Each candidate is seeking seed capital, venture capital, corporate licensing partners, or a strategic partner.

WBT presenters must demonstrate that their technology has the potential to form the basis for high growth commercial enterprise or be easily licensed to solve a specific market problem.

Selected technologies are typically supported by a number of state funding programs, angel capital, seed funds and a variety of federal R&D programs.

The Early Bird Application Deadline is May 3, 2013. 

All Early Bird Applicants Receive:

  • the opportunity to be one of 10 Pre-Selected Presenters from this year’s pool of early applicants.
  • initial feedback on the application and the ability to resubmit the proposal(s) by the final deadline, thus increasing the chances of being selected.
  • if selected, a guaranteed presentation spot at the WBT2013 and increased exposure to the WBT audience of investors, licensees and strategic partners leading up to the event.

Click here to apply.

The final application deadline is June 21, 2013. 

If you have questions about WBT2013 or the application process, contact the following organizers:

Amanda Radovic
Executive Director

Jeff Carpenter
Director, Bird Dog Innovation Strategies