Alumni Entrepreneurs Network: Tech Companies Changing the World

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Alumni Entrepreneurs Network: Tech Companies Changing the World

September 19, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Tech Companies Changing The World: Their Innovations, Entrepreneurial Journeys and What’s Next

NC State’s Alumni Entrepreneurs Network (AEN) and Office of Technology Commercialization and New Ventures (OTCNV) partnered with CED to present four companies that are truly changing the world at CED’s Tech Venture Conference. Leaders from each company will share more about their journey, their story, and their company, followed by a short Q&A. 

Tuesday | September 19, 2017 | 8 – 9 a.m.

Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St. ​​| Raleigh, NC

Kelly Sexton,  Assistant Vice Chancellor of OTCNV will moderate a panel discussion that highlights 4 fascinating technology companies coming out of NC State.


Ali Khatibzadeh, CEO | LUMEOVA

With optical technology that can boost wireless data speeds by 10X over latest WiFi products, LUMEOVA is helping redefine communication solutions for the next-generation of smartphones, tablets, notebook computers, televisions, virtual reality devices, unmanned drones and 5G wireless networks.

Stephen Furst, CEO Smart Material Solutions

Smart Material Solutions, Inc. (SMS) is commercializing Nanocoining – a nano-fabrication technology licensed from NC State University. SMS was started by Stephen J. Furst in 2012 to manage his consulting services and proliferate smart materials in industry.
Tom Miller, CEO | NExS Software, LLC

NExS Software, LLC has created a Software as a Service (SaaS) platform for quickly and easily building custom, web-based software applications from spreadsheets with no programming required. The NExS platform is driven by their proprietary, Excel-compatible spreadsheet computation engine. With NExS, the spreadsheet owner can build a secure custom web application literally in minutes, that would take weeks of effort and thousands of dollars to build using traditional programming methods.

Dr. Seth Hollar | EcoPRT

EcoPRT is proposing a new personal rapid transit architecture with a unique economic design that allows a for-profit, private funding model. This funding model eliminates the need for government assistance and allows organic expansion through normal market forces. At issue is the fact that public transportation projects have a steep infrastructure cost due to their large footprint and heavy vehicle loads. The EcoPRT solution is to build an ultra-light weight and low-cost transit system with autonomous vehicles that carry one or two passengers at a time. The system will have dedicated guideways where the vehicles can be routed directly to their destination without stops.


Our sponsors help us keep ticket prices low and sometimes free. They also add great value to the discussion, serving as connectors between fellow entrepreneurs and the university.

NC State Alumni Association
NC State Entrepreneurship Initiative
Office of Technology Commercialization and New Ventures 

This event is free to attend, but you must register.
Coffee, pastries and fruit will be available.

Register by September 17.

Numerous parking decks are available nearby, along with street parking.
Map of parking options »


Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC United States