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September 21, 2005

The Innovator's Forum

The College of Engineering Innovator Forum builds connections to technology entrepreneurs and to the communities in which they reside. Anyone interested in or involved with technology entrepreneurship is welcome to participate and join together to form the Innovator Forum community. The mission of the Innovator Forum is to encourage growth and success of technology-based entrepreneurial ventures in North Carolina.

The monthly programs focus on today's most challenging business issues encountered by the leaders of these up-and-coming companies. By varying this unique case study formula with special programs, the Forum focuses on timely topics and hosts some of North Carolina's most influential business luminaries. With real companies discussing real issues, everyone has a front row seat to behind-the-scenes success. Innovator's Forum activities provide excellent opportunities for networking and generating great ideas for growing and building high technology companies. New entrepreneurial companies will benefit from the experiences of other entrepreneurs who have already experienced the same paths to achieve success.

There is no charge to attend this forum.

First meeting: Monday, September 26th
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Social will be 6:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m.)
Room 136 Larry K. Monteith Engineering Research Center (MRC) (formerly EGRC)
NC State University Centennial Campus

RSVP : Elaine Hardin @

Mike Tiemann from Red Hat will “kick-off” this forum.

Entrepreneur Presentations:

Protochips, Inc.
Founded in 2002, Protochips Inc. develops and manufactures new generation Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) thin-film products that significantly advance three dimensional imaging of biological molecules utilized in drug discovery and structural biology research.

Protochips, Inc. was founded in 2002 in Raleigh, NC. The founders of Protochips, Inc. performed their doctoral studies in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at North Carolina State University. This Spring, Protochips, Inc. was awarded a Phase I SBIR grant from the Department of Energy for the development of advanced TEM support film technologies.

Pionic Technology
Pionic Technology, a start-up company in Raleigh, North Carolina, has developed a service management platform utilizing virtual network technology that is enabling advanced communication and entertainment solutions across the globe. Pionic Technology's products use a single platform to deliver Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), Video on Demand (VOD), Internet Protocol Television (IPTV), Music Downloading, and Data services. At the core of Pionic Technology's product line is a highly secured and sophisticated platform that handles authentication, authorization, location, intrusion detection, traceability, client management, and billing. Pionic Technology provides further value by offering all of the benefits of these individual components in a simple, user-friendly, plug-and-play offering to its customers. As an end user, imagine pulling a Compact Disk (CD) the size of a credit card from your wallet or purse, inserting it into the CD-ROM of any computer, and having immediate access to make VoIP phone calls, download your favorite music, or watch streaming IPTV. Now imagine yourself as a telecommunications provider with the power to integrate all of these platforms and offerings, your competitive advantage would open new markets and opportunities for revenue growth. Pionic Technology can make it happen.

A website will be available soon. If you have questions about this forum, please contact Tara Britt @

Advisory Board
Dennis Kekas
Tara Britt
Dr. Tom Miller
Dr. Mark Johnson

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