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Early Stage Montana's Founder Series continues!

Idaho National Lab and TechLink are two premier research engines driving innovation for the country. Each organization offers various opportunities for local entrepreneurs and businesses to license cutting-edge technologies and partner on R&D efforts. In this hour, we'll discuss how startups, entrepreneurs, and researchers can collaborate with Idaho National Lab and TechLink to bring to market innovations in energy, cybersecurity, health sciences, national defense, science, the environment, and more. 

Join Jason Stolworthy from Idaho National Laboratory and Austin Leech from TechLink in a free online forum to learn about opportunities for entrepreneurs and innovators to work with each organization. 

This event is graciously sponsored by the Idaho National Laboratory.


Jason Stolworthy is an internationally experienced technology transfer professional and intellectual property attorney who directs Idaho National Laboratory’s (INL) Technology Deployment (TD) department. He has more than 15 years of industry experience and strong desire to achieve meaningful results. His command of intellectual property law, contract law, licensing, commercialization, and technology transfer practices help him deploy and transfer the discoveries and inventions created at INL.

Dr. Austin Leach currently serves as Associate Director for Montana State University’s TechLink Center, a national partnership intermediary for the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. TechLink provides technology transfer support to the DOD and VA and serves as the front door to industry for DOD and VA technology transfer partnership opportunities. Austin joined TechLink in 2014 as a Senior Technology Manager and now directs TechLink’s core activities in support of the DOD and VA in a leadership role. In this role, he also oversees TechLink’s Marketing & Communications and Business Development efforts. Prior to joining TechLink, he honed his technical skills in medical device R&D at Abbott Laboratories in Silicon Valley, leading teams focused on the development of cardiovascular implants and continuous glucose monitoring systems for diabetes management. Austin has a doctorate in materials science and engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Mississippi State University.
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