March 2011

Scott Case

Timothy “Scott” Case was named Chief Executive Officer of the Startup America Partnership on February 17, 2011. Prior to joining the Partnership, Scott was CEO of Malaria No More, a public-private partnership he helped start in 2006 to end malaria deaths in Africa by 2015. Scott is also co-founder and was formerly Chief Technology Officer of Priceline, the "name your own price" company that was one of only a handful of startups in US history to reach a billion dollars in annual sales in less than 24 months.

'Green Living' VentureLab to be launched at University of Illinois - register now!

Are you looking to commercialize a product or innovation in the areas of alternative energy, green building, community sustainability, water quality or another that addresses a "green" or "sustainability" issue?  Join us for VentureLab Green Living, a new, five day, highly experiential and immersive program developed and designed to enhance the success of your "green" business idea.

VentureLab Green Living will be hosted by the Univeristy of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign on April 13-17. To learn more and register (by March 6), click here.


Tricia Compas

Tricia Compas, co-inventor of the DayOne Waterbag and founder of DayOne Response, Inc., is an engineer with five years of experience working on water treatment technologies for developing countries. Her work has been recognized by former President Clinton, awarded first place in Cal Poly’s Ray Scherr Business Plan Competition and Innovation Quest, and her college team received an E-Team grant from NCIIA. She started her development work by co-founding Cal Poly’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders. Tricia is excited to collaborate with student innovators and share her experiences in social entrepreneurship.

Laura McLaughlin

Laura McLaughlin has worked for three years at Cascade Designs, Inc., focusing on connecting CDI’s product development and commercialization strengths with drinking water and health needs in the developing world. In this role, she works with partner organizations to apply sustainable, market-based models to a new market. She has manages the Smart Electrochlorinator and Household Filter development efforts at Cascade. Before coming to CDI, she worked on energy efficiency market transformation efforts at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Her background is in environmental engineering, health, and energy efficiency.

Kevin Gallagher

Kevin Gallagher has managed the Military and Developing World Market business unit at Cascade Designs, Inc., for over ten years. In this role, he has served as program manager and systems integrator on several military development projects in combustion, water purification, and hydration. This includes work with the Defense Advanced research projects Agency (DARPA), U.S. Army TACOM, Boeing Phantom Works, and U.S. Army Soldier Systems Command (Natick Labs). Before coming to CDI, Kevin spent fifteen years in in the outdoor industry. His background is in product development and strategic business management from developing technologies to getting finished products into the hands of the customer. Kevin has leveraged Cascade’s strengths and led the military business to $15 million in annual sales. Over the past three years, he has led the effort to apply similar business processes and sustainable market tools to developing world markets.