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On the third Tuesday of the month, Venture Café Night: 39°N gatherings at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center facilitate serendipitous collisions that drive creativity, foster collaboration and stimulate investment in innovation.
Calling all Volunteers!
Venture Cafe Nights don’t just happen on their own. In addition to Venture Cafe staff, a team of six to eight volunteers help produce the magic of these gatherings. If you like telling the story through the creation of digital content, or greeting people as they arrive, or serving up a drink to thirsty innovators, learn more about volunteer opportunities here.
Check out the lineup of programs for Tuesday, July 17 featuring the following:
5 Ways to Promote Your Self/Idea/Business – Without Being Salesy! | Centered Selling 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm, Mary and Oliver Langenberg Theater
Learn to promote yourself with heart and authenticity. Remove fear and guilt from the process by centering yourself in your passion, and the value you bring to others. Fear of being “salesy” is one of the biggest reasons people fail to promote the value they bring to the world!
Maximizing your Venture Cafe Night: 39°N Experience | VenCaf Volunteers
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm, Schnucks Conference Room
Overwhelmed, unsure about who to talk to and where to start to get the most from Venture Café? This session is aimed at people attending for the first, second or third time to:
(1) hear about the resources, opportunities and programming offered;
(2) identify goals and expectations about what to gain by attending; and
(3) find ways to connect to the right person or, at least, get started on the right path.
The Next Steps After Invention | Illinois Innovators and Inventors (i3)
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm, Mary and Oliver Langenberg Theater
You’ve invented something that is going to make you famous and rich, but how do you get from the prototype in your garage to an actual business? This presentation will give you a quick overview of the things that you should do and consider right away after making an invention to make sure that you don’t create unexpected legal problems down the road.
Space Solar Power Pilot: Pushing the Box(es) and Thinking Outside the Envelope(s) | St. Louis Space Frontier
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, Mary and Oliver Langenberg Theater
Space Solar Power (SSP) uses space-based orbital solar arrays to harness the Sun’s energy and beam the electricity to Earth. Potential advantages of collecting solar energy in space include a higher collection rate and a longer collection period. Space solar power systems convert sunlight to microwaves outside the atmosphere avoiding losses due to Earth’s atmosphere and the downtime due to the Earth’s rotation. Moreover, the energy provided could facilitate water purification and irrigation, prevent frosts, extend growing seasons (if a little of the energy were used locally), etc. A disadvantage is the cost of launching material into orbit. SSP is a form of sustainable and renewable “green” energy and could eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels. In this talk, Joe Rauscher will introduce the essentials of SSP and discuss next steps for cooperation and collaboration within AND outside the SSP community. He will discuss ideas for obtaining funding to launch a SSP demonstration or pilot project consortium in the ‘near future’. The presenter, Joe Rauscher, is President and CEO (2014 – present) of Spacefaring-Services.com, http://www.spacefaring-services.com/. He has 44 years’ (1968 – 2012) experience in USA federal and local government environmental protection, green remediation, and renewable energy program operations; and grants, contracts, memorandum of understanding (MOU), and interagency agreement administration.
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