Far West News Briefs
Far West Region Participants Win 5 National FLC Awards
The 2013 National FLC award winners have been announced and five of the winners are from the Far West Region. They are:
FLC Service Award – Representative of the Year Award
FLC National Elections 2013
Results of the 2013 FLC Elections (released May 10, 2013)
Joint Far West / Mid-Continent Regional Meeting Sept 4 - 6, 2012
The 2012 joint meeting of the FLC Mid-Continent and Far West Regions took place September 4 - 6, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, on the River Walk in San Antonio TX. In spite of the new travel and conference limitations, the event was hailed as a success by the over 70 attendees.
Our Regional Awards program is a very important component of our regional work and for 2012 we made 13 awards.
The award categories for 2012 were:
The agenda, presentions and awards program are now available on the conference web site at www.flcmidcontinent.org/meeting
Southern California Universities Unite to Produce Cleantech Businesses
The University of Southern California announced today that a partnership led by Caltech, UCLA and USC have been selected to receive a $360,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop a national business plan competition for young cleantech entrepreneurs. The winning proposal is one of six awarded regionally as part of a three-year, $2 million program, funded by the DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) to develop competitions that inspire students to come up with innovative business plans involving clean-energy technology.
Called First Look West (FLoW), the partnership will also include Chapman University, the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego, energy company OnGreen, Inc, and student leaders from campus groups, such as eClubs, Net Impact, Engineers for a Sustainable World and NOBE, the National Organization of Business and Engineering. FLoW builds on First Look LA, a program organized by Caltech, USC, and UCLA that showcases research and innovation to investors and has been successfully nurturing academic entrepreneurship in Southern California for five years. As in First Look LA, the host of the competition will rotate annually among each partner, and this feature, among others, provides the maximum reach among faculty, researchers and students. To help students learn about the entrepreneurial process FLoW will engage the student groups in all aspects of the business plan competition, from creating, managing and participating in the competition to potentially screening and assessing future opportunities. FLoW will oversee the competition's Western Region comprising seven states and two Pacific territories: California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, Idaho, American Samoa and Guam.
The regional contests will be completed by May 1, 2012. Regional winners, selected by a panel of judges, will each receive $100,000 from the DOE and a chance to compete for a National Grand Prize in the final competition held at the DOE in Washington, D.C. in early summer 2012.
The competition is part of Startup America, the Obama Administration's campaign to inspire and promote entrepreneurship. The purpose of this national initiative is to provide student participants with the skills needed to start new businesses, and transform promising energy technologies into innovative energy products that will create jobs, boost American competitiveness, and strengthen the economy.