The team at Dimien is honored to have been chosen as one of the 43North Finalists for 2018. We are excited and ready to give it all we’ve got on October 3rd, when we compete against the other finalists at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. As one of only two companies selected who are already located in Buffalo, Dimien’s proud to represent our hometown and show how we can grow right here in Buffalo. Check out our mentions in The Buffalo News and Buffalo Business First.
Dimien’s President & Managing Member, Brian Schultz was chosen to be featured in an article published by UpstartNY, an online magazine which is operated by Issue Media Group and has been powered by; LaunchNY and partners; the City of Buffalo, the John R. Oshei Foundation, NYSERDA, etc.
In the article, “In Focus: Dimien’s Brian Schultz Close to Achieving Goal,” written by Sean Brock, Brian speaks of his experience as an entrepreneur and highlights the actions he feels have been most crucial to his success in operating a business, in Buffalo, NY. While Brian expresses many positive points, he does not hide that there have been challenges along the way, but the ability to navigate them has been extremely important. It’s definitely worth the read!
As a new member we not only want to know what NY-BEST is all about but we want to make every valuable connection that we can. Both were accomplished at the Capture The Energy 2018 conference at the Albany Capital Center over March 14th and 15th.
We were able to gain interesting insight from some of the experts in the battery and energy storage industry, make some connections, and witness speakers from various companies and organizations including but not limited to a representative from Tesla.
We look forward to building our relationships with those we’ve met as well as NY-Best.
As Dimien transitions into becoming more of a chemical innovator and manufacturer, we are taking on more product lines. One of which is a high energy density battery cathode technology. In order to reach some of the most influential leaders of this new industry we joined NY-Best.
NY-BEST is New York State’s Battery & Energy Storage Technology Consortium, with members ranging from NY State energy companies and Universities to large companies such as LG Chem and General Electric. Dimien is excited to have become a member, connect with these companies and to benefit from all of the opportunities NY-BEST has to offer.
University at Buffalo student, Matt Stone, has accepted an internship position with Dimien for the Spring semester. Matt is expected to graduate this May from the Master’s program with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Once again we would like to thank the UB Career Experience Program for providing this opportunity.
You might remember from our previous posts that an advisor of ours, John Klymshyn, hosts his own podcast. We are excited to share that Dimien’s very own co-founders Brian and Sean were featured on his “YourStartUpAdvisor’s Podcast.”
If you want the opportunity to learn a little more about Dimien and how it came to be, check out the episode titled, “The Chemistry Behind Entrepreneurship,” where Brian and Sean dive in and discuss how it works going from Chemistry backgrounds to running a business. They share their thoughts on dividing responsibilities, managing employees, how to move the business forward, and where Dimien just might be headed in the future. You can learn what excites two entrepreneurs and how that excitement keeps them going.
For the past few years, Dimien has taken on an intern through the UB Career Experience Program, and we are excited to have the opportunity to participate once again! The internship allows for a University at Buffalo student to work up to 12 paid hours a week through the 2018 Spring Semester.
Dimien is currently looking for someone to fill an Associate Engineer Internship position. If you are a Full-Time UB student, have had two semesters of college level chemistry courses, meet all the other minimum requirements, and are interested in gaining some real-life wet lab experience, you can go to the UB Bullseye Website (powered by Handshake) and apply today.
Check out Dimien’s Careers Page to view the full list of minimum requirements as well as the experience you could gain if chosen for the position. The deadline to apply is November 14, 2017.
Dimien was very fortunate to host a visit for John Klymshyn a.k.a Coach K. You may have read one of John’s books, for example; How to Sell Without Being a Jerk, or maybe seen one of his videos on Youtube or PodCasts. You may have even been present at one of John’s speeches possibly on well, “How to Sell Without Being a Jerk!”
Coach K has been an adviser to our team at Dimien for a while now and we were grateful to get a chance to work together in person as well as show off what we do here at Dimien. It wasn’t all work when John was in Buffalo though! For lunch we went to Lloyd’s Taco Factory and made sure we stopped next door for dessert at Churn Soft Serve.
Our team decided to take a break from the usual day-to-day and take a trip where we not only had a team meeting and lunch at Big Ditch Brewing Company, but we also made our way to the harbor where we walked along Canalside, taking in some of Buffalo’s beauty. Dimien is proud to be located among the City of Good Neighbors, as we were very grateful to those who helped us take these photos.
Make sure to look for Dimien at the NSF SBIR Phase II Conference this year in Atlanta, Georgia. We look forward to displaying our products, partaking in demonstrations, and getting in touch with potential investors and strategic partners. Click on the NSF logo to learn more about the conference.
Dimien has recently acquired a new agitator bead mill from Netzsch. This mill will increase our production capabilities by quantity and speed by allowing us to complete our entire manufacturing process in our own facility. This is an exciting purchase for Dimien as we prepare to grow and take on more business.
Dimien has begun to receive purchase orders from its strategic partners for our E3 View Particle Series products. As we currently work to fill the orders we have already received, we look forward to providing our unique product as well as continuing to fulfill future orders. Dimien is also expecting to expand its product base as it looks to grow as a specialty chemical manufacturer.
Dimien LLC has taken on UB student Bill Pratt, through the Biomedical Engineering Program at the University at Buffalo. This is Bill’s second time interning with Dimien, as his first was courtesy of the UB Career Experience Program. The program has aided us yet again in bringing on intern, Tim Chewens, a Chemical Engineering major. Both students are gaining experience while furthering their education in a hands on environment.
The Career Experience Program through UB’s Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences (CBLS) has successfully matched multiple students with internships at small businesses where the students end up being offered part-time and even full-time positions with the companies. We are proud to have Rachael recognized as one of these individuals through the UB News Center in Grove Potter’s article, see the full story at Companies Can Hire UB Students and Have Their Salaries Paid Too.
We are excited to announce Ed, formerly part-time, has accepted a full-time position as our Chemical Engineer. Ed has recently graduated from the University at Buffalo Engineering Program with a BEng in Chemical Engineering as well as a BS in Chemistry. We look forward to the great attributes Ed will bring to the team. Make sure to check out Ed on LinkedIn by clicking the logo to the right.
Brian and Sean attended the NSF SBIR/STTR Phase II Conference that was held for all of the Phase II grantees where they took the opportunity to show off the hard work of everyone at Dimien by displaying our products and conducting demonstrations. It was also a great opportunity to meet with potential investors and strategic partners!
We hired University at Buffalo students, Rachael Killion, a Business student, and Bill Pratt, a Biomedical Engineering student, as interns courtesy of the Career Experience Program by UB’s New York State Centers of Excellence. Each student has been available for about 12 hours a week amid their school and work schedules. Rachael’s focus is on grant based compliant accounting, payroll, and general business administration. Bill lead a research effort to isolate nanoparticles from solution under the guidance of Sean Depner, VP for R&D. Both Rachael and Bill’s efforts lead to standard operating procedures we still use every day.
We would like to congratulate Rachael on her completion of the Undergraduate Program from the University at Buffalo’s School of Management, which she accomplished in just 3 years. No longer an intern, Rachael has accepted a part-time position with Dimien, as our Business Administrator!
Dimien LLC has been awarded $750,000 for a second round of funding from the National Science Foundation for its proposal on Smart Solar Control Film. The award funds research and development to focus on reducing energy consumption through the use of our ‘smart’ solar control window films, simply called E3 View. It makes ordinary windows smart!
E3 View automatically (no electronics) adjusts the amount of the sun’s warmth passing through a window. For example, during a warm sunny day E3 View will reflect solar heat, saving on air-conditioning costs. During cold days the same solar heat that is a nuisance in summer is captured within the building, saving on heating costs. E3 View does not change visible transparency; therefore, natural daylight is never sacrificed, saving on lighting costs.
When all the votes had come in from investors, participants, venture capitalists, and market leaders – Dimien placed in the top 3 teams out of 8 teams. We were recognized most notably by the 3M Inventures Group, along with many other participants.
Dimien is proud to be selected as 1 of the 8 finalists to participate in a NYSERDA sponsored Future Energy Ultralight Online Challenge taking place between July 21 and July 25. The event connects companies with investors and strategic partners from around the world in a 5-day challenge. An online audience follows the discussion and votes on their favorite start-ups with the winners receiving prizes and follow-on investor introductions. Currently, investors from 3M New Ventures, Dow Ventures, Shell GameChanger, and ABB Technology Ventures are confirmed to participate. Please join us!