Interest: Notis Pagiavlas, a marketing professor and director of WSSU's Center for Entrepreneurship, recently opened an office in the center. He provides business coaching and meets with students there.
Interest: Scientists should communicate with the public about their research. We've been hearing variations on that for years, but a recent decision by a group of scientists to use crowdfunding to ask for research dollars directly from the public has revisited this notion in a new way. I'm excited to be a part of it
Author: La Monica Everett-Haynes, University Communications
Source: UA News
Interest: UA President Eugene G. Sander charged administrators with creating TLA-Tech Launch Arizona, a new technology commercialization center designed to consolidate efforts around moving knowledge and inventions to market.
Interest: "That's what the building is all about — creating collision among smart people who make cool things happen," Muir said.
Muir is director of the Hub, a business incubator for companies formed around University of Florida research inventions on the former site of Shands at AGH on Southwest Second Avenue.
Interest: When Kansas State University researchers develop new technologies, the KSU Institute for Commercialization goes to work marketing the technologies in hopes of reaching a signed license agreement, with product sales in the marketplace soon after. Moreover, the institute's efforts are paying big dividends to both the researchers and K-State.
Interest: University of Limerick’s new innovation centre, the Tierney Building, has opened today. As well as housing emerging university spin-outs, it will also host Lero – the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre.
Interest: The idea for VFA came from Yang’s own life after academia. After graduating from Brown in 1996, Yang pursued a law degree from Columbia. That’s when he first became aware that many graduates were unsatisfied with their professional choices, and the impact Teach For America had on attracting young people to historically low-paying jobs in education.
Interest: An advisory team made up of representatives from the local life science and technology sectors has been created to guide the city in the selection of appropriate high-growth companies. Members of the ad hoc group include Max Winograd (chair), Jason Harry, Charlie Kroll, Steve Lane and Pamela O'Hara.
Interest: Ownership of intellectual property (IP) rights has become central to the strategies of innovative companies worldwide, with increasing investment in R&D and the development of global markets driving demand for patents from 800,000 applications in the early 1980s to 1.8 million in 2009, according to the World Intellectual Property Organisation.
Interest: A few weeks ago, TechConnect Ohio welcomed area employers and job-seekers to Ohio State University’s Fawcett Center for what the tech-industry matchmaker promoted as the Fast-Pitch Career Fair.
“Fast pitch” alluded to the event’s speed-dating ambience, but the baseball metaphor couldn’t have been more fitting.
Interest: According to Hockfield, the U.S. rose as an economic power on the strength of its innovation system, especially after World War II. We pursued advanced scientific research, turned those discoveries into breakthrough innovations and manufactured them for markets around the world. What was conceived and invented in the U.S. was also made here, unlike today’s world of outsourcing manufacturing and production.
Interest: The idea is for the partnership to complement the efforts of existing organizations such as the state-run Maryland Biotechnology Center and Tech Council of Maryland trade group, while distinguishing itself as a market-driven, non-membership initiative led by the private sector, he said. The group will focus on not just biotechnology and health care services but electronic medical records and health cybersecurity.
Interest: Seattle needs to become a destination for the smartest people in the world. Microsoft, Amazon.com, the Institute for Systems Biology, Boeing and the University of Washington are doing their part. But we need more. So, here’s the Big Idea: We need the citizens of the state, along with some of our billionaires, to step up and create a new private university on the scale of Stanford or MIT.
Interest: When Harvard University President Drew Faust mentioned Harvard’s plans to create a lab “designed to foster team-based and entrepreneurial activities,” Zuckerberg was so intrigued by the idea that he altered his schedule to make a surprise stop to the i-Lab. During the impromptu tour guided by Faust, Zuckerberg echoed the need for such a space during his time as a student.
Interest: How to make life easier for innovative entrepreneurs? The Kauffman Foundation unveiled this past July a wide-ranging series of legislative proposals aimed at reducing barriers to new, potentially high-growth businesses. The package is called the Startup Act of 2011.
Interest: “Unless the crowd funding story is a fundamental part of a company’s marketing strategy, getting your startup capital from the crowd may pose more troubles than benefit,” says Clifford Holekamp, senior lecturer in entrepreneurship at Olin Business School.
The House Financial Services Committee recently approved the Entrepreneurship Access to Capital Act that would allow small businesses to seek investors through social networking and other online methods.
Interest: Officially opened on the same day as the awards ceremony was the University’s new Centre for Entrepreneurship, where graduates and students who demonstrate commercial awareness, such as that recognised by the Start-Up Awards, can receive business advice and mentoring in a dedicated hatchery space. The Centre is the culmination of nine years of development and has been set up with an investment of approximately £100,000 from the University, with additional support provided by the European Regiona