Featuring a proximity to an environment more conducive to innovation, i-GATE officially opened the doors to its new location in the heart of downtown Livermore.
I-GATE partners with Lawrence Livermore and Sandia California to focus on initiatives that advance collaboration, foster innovation and promote a culture of entrepreneurship in the Tri-Valley. Its new facility, located on East Second Street and South Livermore Avenue, serves as a gathering place for tech startups, innovators and investors to brainstorm technology development, commercialization and innovative research.
During a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially dedicate the new space Tuesday, special guest David Danielson, theassistant secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the Department of Energy, along with Livermore Mayor John Marchand, LLNL Director Bill Goldstein and Sandia California Vice President Steve Rottler spoke enthusiastically about the opportunities for i-GATE.
Marchand quipped that "innovation is driven by three things: beer, pizza and Red Bull. These were not easily available at the former location, so the move to downtown addresses that need."
On a more serious note, Marchand said i-GATE's proximity to LLNL and Sandia fosters a better sense of collaboration. "The idea is to partner with the labs, where some of the most difficult problems are solved. I-GATE pairs the people who come with good ideas with the creative people who know how to market to create great businesses."
Goldstein said the Lab has been honored to be "in on the ground floor of i-GATE. It is a part of applying and expanding what we do, and we look forward to growing interactions."
Danielson explained how America's competitive advantage is "iconoclastic innovation." I-GATE and the labs serve as a breeding ground. "There are untapped assets at the labs that we want you to tap into. This is a tremendous opportunity."
For more information on i-GATE, see the website.