Symbolism, Vision and Honor – The Story of the Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels Logo

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Understand the meaning behind the NWABF logo

SCOTTSDALE, AZ, UNITED STATES, April 30, 2021 / — If you’ve been following our NWABF blog and social feeds, you’ll see that great things are happening for the growth of the sustainable aviation fuel industry, (SAF), and the vital role that Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels LLC is playing.

But in-between the big news like major funding announcements, we want to give you more of an insight into what makes our company tick. Earlier in the year, we profiled our ‘Championship SAF Super Bowl Team’ and each of the team members who are helping to lead our efforts to become a leader in SAF. These individuals are experts in their respective positions. Today, we want to delve deeper into our culture and why this Logo has so much meaning to our Team.

Notice the unique logo for Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels LLC. It was created and painted by hand by artist Linda Windell, a self-taught Native American artist of Creek/Cherokee descent, and member of the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, OK.

Our logo is intentionally different from the digitally-composed logos of other companies in oil & gas and sustainable aviation fuel industries. It had to be! We take our involvement in the SAF space, where we can offer improvement to the environment, very seriously.

The NWABF logo depicts a Bald Eagle holding a tree branch and flying over Mt. Rainier, which is synonymous with our location. The Bald Eagle is a classic statement, representing the Strength, Grace, and Tenacity of our operation and our team. The Bald Eagle is revered by the Tribes of our Nation.

The tree branch held in the Bald Eagle’s talons depicts the type of feedstock wastes we will receive from local Northwest resources, which will help to clear the forest floors, help prevent forest fires and offer better habitats for plant and animal life. The Totem Poles which are guarding the Bay at the Project’s Entrance, first came into existence in the Northwest from Northwest Tribes. We simply want to honor those Tribes with these symbols.

Last, but not least, the incredible symbolism of the airplane flying in the background over Mt Rainier depicts the positive effect we will have on the environment by eliminating most of the harmful fuel emissions now being put into the environment by airlines using petroleum-based jet fuel. This is a “full-circle” depiction of the earth’s elements benefitting man’s ingenuity and his inert desire and need for travel.

The NWABF logo has deep meaning for the company, its Founder, who is a member of the Okmulgee Creek Tribe of Oklahoma, and its principals. We believe our logo captures the emotional strength that we bring to the local communities, the environment, the industry, and the world.

We are lucky to have worked with Linda Windell on our logo. Linda’s work has been shown and still hangs in the Cherokee Museum located on the Cherokee Reservation in Tahlequah, OK, among other places. Known for her incredible work depicting real-life images of historically documented Native American War Ponies, as well as Native American Youth, Ms. Windell’s work has garnered two national awards, where she beat out companies like Kodak and IBM for her insightful and delicate artwork of a Corporate Brochure for an upstart Native American owned and operated Company located outside of Chicago, IL. Linda’s work was even selected for the cover of the Wisconsin Paint Horse Journal. Linda has loyal collectors throughout North and South America, Canada, parts of Europe and Asia. She has done “Commission” work painting Arabian Horses for Royalty in Saudi Arabia.

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STEM NOLA Teams with Obatala Science, CellSpring to Expose Students to Careers and Medical Research at Biotech Startups

Dr. Calvin Mackie

In an extraordinary experience, 12 New Orleans teens will learn about stem cell research and tissue engineering from biotechnology professionals

This type of engagement with professionals who do this work on a daily basis is life changing. It will continue building on the interest and promise these students have already shown in STEM fields”

— Dr. Calvin Mackie

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA , UNITED STATES, April 30, 2021 / — STEM NOLA is proud to partner with Obatala Sciences and CellSpring to engage at least a dozen high school students from the greater New Orleans area in a series of courses that will expose teens to careers in biotechnology startup companies. This extraordinary program focuses on providing high school students with exposure-rich, hands-on opportunities to engage deeply in work in the realm of STEM.

Over the course of three Saturday sessions on May 8, 15 and 22, students will receive comprehensive lab exposure to the work at both companies involving tissue engineering, stem cell research (stem cells isolated from adult fat tissue), and preclinical evaluation of potential therapeutics. Students will learn the route that new medicines and treatments take to the clinic and the steps that ensure they are safe. Further, students will learn the role that tissue engineering plays in improving the testing of new drugs.

“We are exceedingly grateful and incredibly proud to partner with both Obatala Sciences and CellSpring to expose our future innovators to the advancements being made in biotechnology research,” said STEM NOLA CEO Dr. Calvin Mackie. “This type of engagement with professionals who do this work on a daily basis is life changing. It will continue building on the interest and promise these students have already shown in STEM fields.”

Dr. Mackie, a former tenured Tulane Engineering professor, founded STEM NOLA in 2014 to expose, inspire and engage communities in learning opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The award-winning programming designs and delivers activities, programs and events. Since 2014, STEM NOLA has engaged more than 65,000 students – mostly underserved students of color – in hands-on STEM project-based learning.

“Obatala welcomes this opportunity to advance STEM NOLA's core mission and promote STEM education in our community,” said Obatala Sciences Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Jeffrey Gimble. “We are excited to have a chance to instruct and learn from the next generation of home-grown scientists recruited from our local high schools. By investing in their future, we are guaranteeing that biotech companies like ours will have a pipeline of talent to draw on in years to come.”

Obatala Sciences’ CEO, Dr. Trivia Frazier, agreed, saying, “We are proud to work with STEM NOLA on this project and are excited to see Dr. Mackie’s continued progress building this organization.”

Founded in 2017, Obatala Sciences is a biotechnology company that offers research products and services to scientists in medical industries and academia with the goal of advancing tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Obatala makes high-quality products that researchers use to discover better therapies for diseases like obesity and diabetes that significantly impact the human population.

CellSpring develops blood tests to screen at-risk patients for cancer with the goal of significantly shifting the timing of a diagnosis to earlier stages. CellSpring’s tests are based on a proprietary technology that effectively ‘tricks’ cancer cells into revealing the molecular makeup of small particles, called exosomes, that secrete into the blood. “We are proud of the work that STEM NOLA does to bring exposure, access, and opportunity to young innovators,” said Dr. Christopher Millan, CellSpring CEO. “I am thrilled to have this chance to contribute to that work, and collaborating with good friends at Obatala.”

Dr. Queralt Vallmajó-Martín, CELLSpring’s postdoctoral researcher, added, “I'm very excited to share with NOLA high school students our passion for science and introduce them to the fascinating world of biomaterials and stem cells. Our goal is to spark inspiration in these students to discover the unknown and see that the scientific world has a great deal to offer for personal and professional development. Looking forward to our Saturdays together!"

(To interview Calvin Mackie, contact Michael K. Frisby, or 202-625-4328.)

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National Security Capital Advisors advises Tego Consulting, LLC on its sale to Kaizen Approach, Inc.

COLUMBIA, MARYLAND, UNITED STATES, April 30, 2021 / — National Security Capital Advisors advises Tego Consulting, LLC on its sale to Kaizen Approach, Inc.

National Security Capital Advisors LLC (“NSCA”) is pleased to announce that it served as the exclusive financial advisor to Tego Consulting, LLC (“Tego”) in its sale to Kaizen Approach, Inc. (“Kaizen”).

Tego Consulting has supported the Intelligence Community exclusively for over 7 years and has an established reputation as experts in threat finance intelligence (FININT). Tego subject matter experts support its clients in analysis of financial transaction data, counter terrorism, counter proliferation, and counter narcotics. As an expert in sanctions enforcement and compliance support, Tego possesses a keen understanding of international economic and political policies related to financial and trade networks

Kaizen Approach, Inc. is a Maryland based leader in cybersecurity and workforce development, leveraging decades of experience supporting the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense. Kaizen has technical expertise in Information Assurance, Cybersecurity Strategy, Implementation and Operations, Risk Mitigation and Human Performance Improvement. The acquisition of Tego adds to its service offerings which now includes delivering tailored actionable intelligence to its customers.

About National Security Capital Advisors
NSCA is a specialized investment bank focused exclusively on the optimized deployment of people and capital to projects of importance for National Security. NSCA combines the executive team’s decades of experience in this market segment with over 150 renowned industry Executive Affiliates and Executive Associates to assist us in deeply understanding our client’s business and needs.

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The Jet Set TV Show is Giving Away a Free Trip Every Day in May

Nikki Noya and Bobby Laurie, hosts of The Jet Set, celebrate 200 shows.

Nikki Noya and Bobby Laurie, hosts of The Jet Set, celebrate 200 shows.

Nikki Noya, Juan Albarran and Bobby Laurie, celebrate 200 episodes of The Jet Set

Nikki Noya, Juan Albarran and Bobby Laurie, celebrate 200 episodes of The Jet Set

The Jet Set celebrates 200 Episodes with Free Trip a Day Giveaway

The Jet Set celebrates 200 Episodes with Free Trip a Day Giveaway

The travel and lifestyle talk show "The Jet Set" celebrates it's 200th show May 17 with celebrities and free trips for viewers.

WASHINGTON DC, USA, April 30, 2021 / — The syndicated travel and lifestyle talk show, The Jet Set, has a lot to celebrate in the month of May, and they're making sure their viewers are in on the fun.

In the episode airing May 19th through May 25th, the show which offers viewers a weekly dose of travel news, lifestyle trends, inspiration, interesting and informative guests and destination features shot on-location will celebrate it's 200th episode with a viewer vacation giveaway and celebrity guests.

Hosted by former flight attendant and television travel expert Bobby Laurie along with health and wellness expert and Mom, Nikki Noya, The Jet Set will mark this milestone by giving away a free hotel stay every day in the month of May.

Each day, starting May 1st, viewers may enter to win a 3, 4 or 5 night vacation in any one of over 125 destinations around the world. Taking into account quarantines and COVID-19 restrictions, winners may cash in their free trip anytime over the next two years.

"We couldn't think of any other way to celebrate such a huge accomplishment," said co-host Bobby Laurie. "I think after the last year we're all looking for a vacation and a change of scenery. Not only are we excited to be able to bring our viewers into our celebration, but we'll be able to send them on vacation, too."

Travel enthusiasts who don't watch the show on television, but visit The Jet Set's website, Roku or Amazon channels are also eligible to enter the contest.

Co-host Nikki Noya jokes on the program calling travel incentives and free item's "Nikki cash" and said of the contest: "We've got 31 trips to give away in 31 days.. we're going to be busy, busy giving away all of that Nikki cash!"

Winners can select from 3 night hotel stays in popular United States destinations such as Orlando, Miami and Ft. Lauderdale to New York, Boston and Nashville. Or 4 and 5 night vacations overseas from Mexico, to Europe, Australia, Dubai and even Fiji. "The choice is theirs," said Juan Albarran, host of The Jet Set en Espanol. "The winner can literally pick their favorite place or a place they've always wanted to visit. Just remember to send us photos!"

The entry form for the contest can be found at

Now in it's sixth season and airing in all 210 US TV markets including The US Virgin Islands and Guam, The Jet Set produces 35 original episodes a year offering viewers a weekly dose of travel news, lifestyle trends, inspiration, and interviews with newsworthy guests. The shows sixth season will broadcast destination features shot on-location in St. Augustine, FL; The Kennedy Space Center; Knoxville, TN; Dollywood; Scottsdale, AZ; San Juan Islands, Whidby and Camano Islands and among others.

Bobby Laurie is the only TV travel expert with actual hands-on travel industry experience. Laurie’s background in the travel industry dates back to November 2005 when he was initially hired as a flight attendant for Republic Airways, before moving to US Airways as a Flight Attendant and an Analyst in InFlight Policy and Procedures. He later took an InFlight Team Leader position at Virgin America.

Currently Bobby Laurie serves as co-host of the nationally syndicated travel & lifestyle show “The Jet Set” and as a Traffic Reporter in Washington, D.C. Bobby also is a regular travel contributor to NBC’s The TODAY Show, NBC News, Dr. Oz, Inside Edition and GritDaily.

Through her extensive travels, Nikki Noya recognized how obesity, poor nutrition and lack of exercise was affecting the lives of so many around the world and across the United States. With the education and tools that she had acquired and the passion that she felt for helping others, she knew that she had to share her knowledge and give back what she had learned.

As a television expert, health and wellness correspondent, wellness coach, and personal trainer she begins her message by imparting her belief that true beauty starts from within. She strives to empower everyone to achieve vibrancy, energy, radiance, and beautiful health through fitness, nutrition and balance.

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Celebrities Congratulate Bobby Laurie and Nikki Noya on 200 Episodes

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CAMI announces agenda for 2nd Annual Advanced Air Mobility 101 Course: Online May 4, 2021

CAMI's AAM 101: May 4, 2021 1pm - 5pm EDT, onlin

Community Air Mobility Initiative logo: blue circle with skyline, upwards arrow, and CAMI

Community Air Mobility Initiative logo

The Community Air Mobility Initiative's AAM 101 is an online introduction to advanced air mobility for state, local decision makers and transportation planners

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES, April 30, 2021 / — The Community Air Mobility Initiative (CAMI) has released the agenda for its Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) 101 event to be held online on March 4, 2021 at 1pm EDT. This second annual event is intended to familiarize state and local decision makers and transportation planners with the emerging Advanced and Urban Air Mobility industry. Featured topics include fundamentals of advanced aircraft mobility, encompassing aircraft, use cases, the legal and regulatory framework, and infrastructure considerations as well as topics focused on integrating AAM into communities including equity, multimodal transportation systems, community and environmental impacts, and planning.

Speakers include industry leaders and CAMI Expert Contributors as well as representatives from the FAA and other industry stakeholders.
A full agenda is available online at and registration is open.

This is the second year in a row that CAMI has offered this type of introductory course. The first has become a foundational resource for state and local decision makers and anyone looking to get a basic understanding of the Advanced and Urban Air Mobility space, which includes eVTOL aircraft and air taxi operations. CAMI is thrilled to be able to offer an updated version of the programming as AAM 101 including remarks from the FAA’s UAS Integration Office’s Safety and Integration Division.

Anna Mracek Dietrich, CAMI’s co-founder and Directory of Industry and Strategy said: “We believe that providing comprehensive, understandable information about this new industry to the people who are responsible for figuring out how best to integrate it into our communities is essential to maximizing the long term benefit of AAM.”

For jurisdictions who would like a deeper dive into the issues surrounding AAM, CAMI’s next Urban Air Policy Collaborative (UAPC) Cohort will be forming shortly.

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About CAMI: The nonprofit Community Air Mobility Initiative (CAMI) was founded in July 2019 to support the responsible integration of urban air mobility into communities through education, communication and collaboration. CAMI connects communities and industry by providing resources and education to the decision makers, the public and the media at the state and local level. CAMI is supported by its members, which includes a broad spectrum of stakeholders, and through its programs. For more information on membership or participating in a future Urban Air Policy Collaborative Cohort, visit or email

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The Mesothelioma Options Help Center of New Mexico Endorses The Steinberg Law Group as the Best Mesothelioma Law Firm

The Steinberg Law Group is affiliated with doctors around the country.

We support our veterans.

The asbestos industry knowingly poisoned people for decades.

Inhaling just one fiber of asbestos is enough to cause mesothelioma decades later.


The Mesothelioma Options Help Center of New Mexico Endorses The Steinberg Law Group as the Best Mesothelioma Law Firm – Experience/Resources/Results

ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO, USA, April 29, 2021 / — The Mesothelioma Options Help Center of New Mexico is dedicated to providing the best possible legal and medical assistance to those stricken with mesothelioma or asbestos-related lung cancer. Anyone wishing to discuss their legal and/or medical options should call (888) 891-2200 to speak directly with an attorney from The Steinberg Law Group.

The Mesothelioma Options Help Center of New Mexico has endorsed The Steinberg Law Group because of their vast experience in handling mesothelioma and other asbestos-related cases. With offices in New York, California and Texas, The Steinberg Law Group has a national footprint that helps win the best possible financial compensation for clients.

Typically, asbestos exposure will have occurred sometime between the 1950s and the 1980s. Some of the most prevalent professions that encountered large quantities of asbestos include power plant workers, maritime workers, industrial workers, plumbers, pipefitters, electricians, mechanics, machinists, miners, railroad workers and construction workers, to name a few. Since the latency period for mesothelioma patients is approximately 40 years, most people diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestos-related lung cancer in 2020 were exposed decades ago.

New Mexico is home to many companies that are known for asbestos-containing products, including, but not limited to, energy production companies, manufacturing companies and industrial companies. New Mexico is also home to natural asbestos deposits, with the southwestern and central northern regions being the most potentially toxic.

Known jobsites, companies and locations with asbestos exposure in New Mexico include, but are not limited to, Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque and Cerrillos Coal Company, Columbia Asbestos Company, Bates Lumber Company, Kent Nowlin Construction Company, H.M. Public Service Power, Reeves Power Plant, Four Corner Power Plant, San Juan Powerhouse, Albuquerque Gas & Electric, Owens Corning Fiberglass, Phelps Dodge Mining, PNM Resources, Alta Vista Middle School and the University of New Mexico.

For the best possible medical treatment for mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer, call (888) 891-2200 so a member of The Steinberg Law Group can determine which hospital/doctor in our network is most convenient for you.

States with the highest incidence of mesothelioma include Oregon, Washington, Louisiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine and Connecticut, Florida, Texas and California. For more information about mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer, call (888) 891-2200 or visit now.

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Help Heal Veterans Hosts #VigilforValor to Honor Military Lost to War and Suicide

Virtual Candlelight Event Honors Memorial Day and Mental Health Awareness Month

SAN DIEGO, CALIF., USA, April 29, 2021 / — Help Heal Veterans (Heal Vets) will host a month-long virtual candlelight vigil in May to honor service members who have fallen in battle and military members who served honorably in war and fell victim to suicide later due to the invisible scars of combat.

Help Heal Veterans is a nonprofit that provides free therapeutic arts and crafts kits to veterans and active duty military who are suffering from the physical, psychological and emotional wounds of war, such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

#VigilforValor kicks off May 1, the start of Mental Health Awareness month, and concludes on May 31, Memorial Day. The United States has suffered more than 100,000 military casualties of war since 1950, and in the last 10 years we’ve lost more than 65,000 veterans to suicide.

“Our hope is to shine a light on the remarkable lives of those who have been lost,” said Joe McClain, retired Navy captain and Help Heal Veterans CEO. “Often times we honor the war dead as a group and not as individuals. This year, we want to give people an opportunity to learn about the remarkable lives represented by people who have paid the ultimate price for this country.”

Participants in #VigilforValor will:

1. Create a candleholder, either of their own design or one made from a kit provided by Help Heal Veterans for a $20 donation. (Note: a large number of candle kits will be provided free of charge to select veterans/active-duty service members).
2. Customize the candleholder for the individual they wish to honor with a photograph, drawing, patch or other item. Those who don’t have someone in particular they wish to remember are encouraged to reach out in their community, school, church or search local news to find someone to honor.
3. Light a candle and share a picture of it along with their story on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #VigilforValor so we may pay tribute to them together.

For 50 years, Help Heal Veterans has been using craft therapy to help veterans and active-duty military heal the invisible wounds of war.

“We have seen first-hand the healing power of crafting,” said McClain, “and it has been especially important over the past year, when isolation placed an extra burden on recovering veterans and military and the usual sources of support were not always available or accessible.”

Studies show that crafting can provide therapeutic and rehabilitative benefits, including improving fine motor skills, cognitive functioning, memory and dexterity, and can help alleviate feelings of anger and the severity of negative behaviors triggered by PTSD and TBIs.

To learn more about Heal Vets and the organization’s COVID-19 efforts, as well as find out how you can help, visit

Veterans who are in a crisis and need support can go to or call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1.


About Help Heal Veterans
First established in 1971, Help Heal Veterans has provided free therapeutic arts and crafts kits to hospitalized and homebound veterans for generations. These craft kits help injured and recuperating veterans improve fine motor skills, cognitive functioning, manage stress and substance abuse, cope with symptoms of PTSD and TBI, while also improving their sense of self-esteem and overall physical and mental health. Most of these kits are developed, manufactured and packaged for delivery at our production center headquartered in Winchester, California. Since inception, Help Heal Veterans has delivered nearly 31 million of these arts and crafts kits to veterans and veteran facilities nationwide, along with active duty military overseas.

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Interstate Plastics Expands Construction Material Solutions with Pile Hammer Cushions

Phenolic CE Pile Hammer Cushion Pads

Phenolic CE Pile Hammer Cushion Pads

Interstate Plastics offers aluminum and canvas phenolic pile hammer cushion pads that work in tandem during the driving process.

SACRAMENTO, CA, UNITED STATES, April 29, 2021 / — One of the most crucial aspects of construction is using pile drivers to create foundational support through slender columns, also called piles. Different materials can be used as pile hammer cushion pads to protect equipment and transmit driving forces to the pile. Interstate Plastics now offers aluminum and canvas phenolic pile hammer cushion pads that work together to provide maximum efficiency and ease of use in pile driving applications.

Canvas phenolic and nylon plastic are the primary materials used in conjunction with aluminum pile hammer cushion pads. Interstate Plastics recommends canvas phenolic over nylon, as nylon may melt, and in some cases burn, when subjected to the extreme temperatures that arise during the pile driving process. Melted nylon then has to be cleaned out of the equipment, disrupting workflow and halting progress until it is removed and replaced. This removal is a setback for the pile driver and the entire construction site, as no construction can occur until the driving process is complete.

Interstate Plastics offers a solution of aluminum and canvas phenolic pile hammer cushion pads that work in tandem during the driving process. The materials are placed opposite each other on the helmet or bucket; the helmet or bucket is then placed between the pile and hammer. The aluminum pad dissipates the extreme heat that arises due to the pile driving process, and the canvas phenolic pad reduces impact forces while transmitting the energy of the blow evenly. The pads increase part and hammer life and decrease the chances of downtime during the construction. The ratio of canvas pads to aluminum pads will vary per job. Typical ratios include one canvas phenolic pad per two aluminum pads or two canvas phenolic pads per three aluminum pads. Interstate Plastics' material experts are here to assist in finding the right balance for your application.

For information on pile hammer cushion materials such as canvas phenolic or aluminum pads, give the experts at Interstate Plastics a call at (888)-768-5759.

Interstate Plastics is a full-line distributor of plastic sheet, rod, tube, bar, film, profiles, and plastic accessories, tools, and care products. With 10 locations nationwide and an online sales and support team, Interstate Plastics provides full sheets and pallets, simple cut-to-size service, and complex CNC manufacturing. Interstate Plastics is known for its reputation of selling high-quality products, providing excellent customer service, and superior technical support. Our products and services are available using the safe, secure, and convenient purchasing system on the Interstate Plastics website. For instant help, we're always a phone call away at (888) 768-5759.

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Early Risers Academy spring 2021 tech cohort pitch winner announced

MilesAhead Energy, the winner of the spring 2020 Early Risers Academy tech pitch competition, is developing solid-state battery technology that could reshape how we think of powering electric vehicles.

Luis Estevez and Yuxing Wang, co-founders of MilesAhead Energy, discuss their research in the lab. Estevez is the winner of the Early Risers Academy tech cohort pitch competition for the second year in a row.

MilesAhead Energy co-founder Yuxing Wang experiments in the lab developing the company’s signature solid-state battery technology.

Winner MilesAhead Energy developing innovative fast-charging batteries to drive electric vehicles to the next level

The amount of innovation coming from the Dayton region is astounding. We have enjoyed supporting these exciting startups as they begin their commercialization journeys.”

— Eric Wagner, Converge Technologies co-founder

DAYTON, OH, UNITED STATES, April 29, 2021 / — MilesAhead Energy, a company that is developing and commercializing solid-state batteries to power electric vehicles and enable electric aircraft, has been named the winner of the Early Risers Academy tech cohort pitch competition, held April 16, 2021. Early Risers Academy is a business-building bootcamp powered by Parallax Advanced Research on behalf of Launch Dayton, a collective of resource providers who support and promote entrepreneurs across the Dayton, Ohio region. MilesAhead Energy won a $1,000 grant and was recognized for its success and scalability.

MilesAhead Energy, co-founded by Yuxing Wang and Luis Estevez, both former scientists based at the University of Dayton Research Institute, is looking to disrupt the energy storage market for electric vehicles as we know it. At present, liquid-based lithium ion batteries — the type used in Tesla automobiles — dominate this market segment. MilesAhead Energy’s battery technology is based on next-generation solid-state technology, which could outperform standard lithium ion batteries in terms of charge speed, heat tolerance, and overall safety. In addition to powering electric cars, these batteries have potential use cases for electric aircraft, NASA missions, and the defense industry. In addition to seeking funding for product development and research, MilesAhead Energy will raise capital by providing R&D-as-a-service for government and private clients.

“As a founder with an academic and science background, who was clearly unprepared for the business aspects of a tech startup, the Early Risers Academy boot camp was like going through a mini MBA program,” says Wang. “Eric Wagner of Converge Ventures and the guest lecturers provided excellent foundational business know-how, including step-by-step guidance on developing a sound business strategy. We can now feel confident about pitching our startups to investors, customers, and partners.”

“We are proud to support the Dayton region’s founders and their cutting-edge innovations,” said Dennis Andersh, Parallax president and CEO. “Getting research from people like Wang out of the lab and into the market paves the way for a better world.”

Early Risers Academy’s tech cohort is facilitated by Eric Wagner, CEO and co-founder of Converge Ventures, a unique, high-tech startup model that helps early-stage companies fund, develop, and commercialize their products. An experienced instructor and mentor to engineers, Wagner has served as the associate director for the Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence at the Ohio State University and as an adjunct instructor for the I-Corps@Ohio program.

“The amount of innovation coming from the Dayton region is astounding,” said Wagner. “We have enjoyed supporting these exciting startups as they begin their commercialization journeys.”

Over the past several weeks, the ten Academy cohort entrepreneurs learned how to convert their business ideas into a startup, including prototype development, design thinking, and capital raising. The Academy cohort entrepreneurs also heard from guest speakers on topics related to entrepreneurship, including Harry Friedberg, a partner with New York-based BX3, a firm that helps startups get situated with funding and advisory services. BX3 and Converge Technologies are partners in Converge Ventures. Much of the coursework is based on the Kauffman FastTrac program, an entrepreneurship education module from the nationally renowned Kauffman Foundation.

“I’m honored to have won the pitch competition, given the caliber of the other outstanding startups in our cohort, and am excited to use what I learned to procure funding to develop battery prototypes at MilesAhead Energy,” Wang continues.

To learn more about MilesAhead Energy, watch the company’s pitch here: Early Risers Academy is supported by Launch Dayton, Parallax Advanced Research, and Converge Technologies.

About Converge Technologies:
Converge Technologies is a commercial engineering and business advisory services firm created to support efficient commercialization of innovative technologies. The company was created around the efficient utilization of leveraged resources, both internal and external, to support successful design, prototyping, product development, and manufacturing of novel innovation. Converge Technologies, along with BX3, recently established Converge Ventures, an innovative new start-up creation company founded by successful and seasoned technology commercialization professionals. Converge Ventures’ proprietary model addresses the problems that commonly plague start-ups with a proven, repeatable process that curates the key elements needed for successful and profitable ventures. More at and

About Launch Dayton:
Launch Dayton is a community of regional entrepreneurial support organizations. The Launch Dayton partnership believes everyone, regardless of their background, should have the opportunity to determine their own economic prosperity and therefore exists to support and inspire all Daytonians who are building businesses. Launch Dayton partners collaborate to build an easily accessible environment, run high-caliber programming, and connect a network of champions, mentors, and resource providers.

About Parallax Advanced Research:
Parallax Advanced Research is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that tackles global challenges by accelerating innovation and developing technology and solutions through strategic partnerships with government, industry, and academia across Ohio and the nation. Together with academia, Parallax accelerates innovation that leads to new breakthroughs. Together with government, Parallax tackles critical global challenges and delivers new solutions. Together with industry, Parallax develops groundbreaking ideas and speeds them to market.

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MG Velos 100 UAV

FAA has approved the availability of MG Velos 100 airworthiness criteria as part of MissionGO’s Type Certificate and Production Certificate application.

It is an incredible achievement for MG Velos100 to initially meet the FAA’s airworthiness criteria. We provide our proven UAS platform and expecting soon to be licensed as the first UAS in its class.”

— Aris Kolokythas

DELAWARE, USA, April 29, 2021 / — FAA has approved the availability of MG Velos 100 airworthiness criteria as part of MissionGO’s Type Certificate and Production Certificate application, a significant milestone for the Unmanned Aircraft System capabilities. The MG Velos 100 is based on the successful and proven UAS platform of Velos that sells UAVs globally since 2014.

This crucial progress towards Type Certification of the MG Velos 100 manufactured by MissionGO with Velos Rotors as the prime supplier will advance the UAS to a new level of operations leveraging its top of the class safety, unprecedented reliability, and unique flight characteristics.

Aris Kolokythas, Founder and Director of R&D at Velos Rotors said “It is an incredible achievement for MG Velos 100 to meet the FAA’s airworthiness criteria as part of the Type Certification process. We will provide our proven UAS platform to MissionGO and expecting soon MG Velos 100 to be licensed and fully operational as the first UAS in its class. Safety is of paramount importance for the UAS which is why this FAA certification milestone is a big step not just for Velos and MissionGO but for the industry. MG Velos 100 will help the unmanned airline industry to expand in different projects and services and will soon experience very high growth. This is clearly the start of a new era in the Unmanned Aviation”

“Ultimately, the FAA’s Type Certification approval will qualify us to deliver on possibilities we’ve been preparing for and imagining for years,” said MissionGO Executive Vice President for UAS Cargo Operations Frank Paskiewicz. “Our goal is to be certified to fly precious medical cargo from Point A to Point B with even more speed and efficiency than before, saving time that could literally save lives. Type Certification will be a major milestone in proving we can conduct this important mission in a safe and reliable manner.”

About Velos Rotors
Velos Rotors is the industry-leading manufacturer of unmanned rotorcraft UAS and components, delivering cutting-edge technology to customers around the globe since 2014. As MissionGO’s prime supplier, Velos is providing component parts to MissionGO’s MG Velos 100 aircraft. Velos’ redundant component designs significantly reduce the risk of major failures and optimize performance and reliability. Learn more about Velos Rotors at

About MissionGO
MissionGO is setting a new standard for next-generation transportation logistics. By leveraging unmanned aircraft systems, MissionGO delivers improved reliability, reduced costs, and increased transparency to benefit multiple sectors, including healthcare and utilities. The company is led by CEO/Co-Founder Scott Plank and funded by Scott Plank Ventures Impact investments. Learn more at

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Source: EIN Presswire