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Are you thinking of joining SWEDU Rochester? It’s not too late, and check out the 1st place prizes!

Screen Shot 2014-10-03 at 9.01.01 AM1.  Five (5) tickets for the winning team for the ISTE Annual Conference in Philadelphia, June 28 – July 1, 2015 (valued at $2,250). Registration includes:

  • Four full days brimming with rich, inspirational and highly relevant professional learning opportunities.
  • Three powerful keynote addresses from leaders and experts in the field of ed tech.
  • The opportunity to choose from hundreds of sessions in a variety of formats, including lecture, BYOD and hands-on learning environments.
  • Access to a massive expo hall featuring the latest ed tech products and services from more than 500 companies and 1,400 industry reps.
  • Unlimited networking opportunities with the nearly 18,000 educators, education leaders and corporate representatives from around the world.
  • One-year standard membership to ISTE (when paying the non-member rate).

Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 5.30.21 PM2.  A $250 credit at AskEducators.com. AskEducators offers on-demand market research services for those seeking timely and objective insight from K-12 educators. As a startup you need timely access to non-biased (objective) feedback from your market. The faster you can gather such feedback the faster you can iterate and the more likely you are to deliver a winning product or service. Unlike long form surveys, AskEducators treats every question as an independent survey. AskEducators guarantees a select number of unique responses for every question, but does not guarantee multiple questions, if submitted at the same time, will be completed by the same set of unique respondents. AskEducators guarantees all responses will be received by the researcher within 24 hours.

Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 5.32.02 PM3.  A personal consultation with Michael Riedlinger, the Director of the Rochester BioVentural Center and High Tech Rochester (HTR) Technology Commercialization Manager. Prior to his roles at HTR, he served as president and founder of Technology Sales and Licensing Services. Michael is also a co-founder of Diffinity Genomics, Inc., a developer of platform technologies related to purification and detection of nucleic acid and NaturalNano, a nanomaterials company. Michael serves as a board member of Diffinity Genomics and the Cornell Center for Material Research Industrial Advisory Board.

As Director of the Rochester BioVenture Center, Michael manages a 40,000-square-foot, multi-tenant, BSL-2 wet-lab business incubator and provides tenants with services to facilitate growth of their businesses. In the role of Technology Commercialization Manager, he provides business development, grant sourcing support, new product development and partnership facilitation assistance to technology companies in the Upstate New York region. Additionally, he runs several programs for entrepreneurs and inventors in the Rochester region, including the PreSeed Workshop, TEC Forum and BioVenture Center roundtables.

Michael has a B.F.A. from Rochester Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester. He has also completed training for the National Science Foundation I-Corps program at Stanford University (valued at priceless!).

Andrea Tejedor