SDSU to host entrepreneurial workshops
By SDSU Marketing and Communications

Limited spaces are available for an upcoming series of seven workshops to introduce the process of commercializing university research-derived innovations and new technologies.
South Dakota State University’s Graduate School and the Office of Technology and Commercialization, in partnership with the Entrepreneurial Studies Program of the Department of Economics, is hosting the series.
The emphasis will be on developing understanding and basic capabilities through case studies, hands-on practice in small teams and coaching by experienced practitioners all within the context of the realities of entrepreneurship and the marketplace.
“The BEDC felt it was important to be part of this workshop series as it aligns with our mission of economic development and entrepreneurship is a primary focus,” said Jennifer Quail, the Brookings Economic Development Corporation’s director of entrepreneur support. “We want to make sure the participants are aware of all the resources already in place here in Brookings to support entrepreneurial ventures. Our goal is to be able to retain more graduates and fully support spinout companies from the university. It’s about awareness, partnering and support.” The workshops start Jan. 26. All participants must register by Monday. To register, contact the SDSU Graduate School at 688-4181.
The seminars are designed for faculty, postdoctoral students, research staff, graduate students, selected undergraduates and community members. Participants will gain insight into these and other topics, including:
• The purpose for and practice of commercializing research-derived innovations and new technologies;
• Composing a rigorous and complete invention disclosure and inventor responsibilities;
• Evaluating a research discovery or innovation for commercial promise;
• Steps to exploit commercial potential and create value;
• The protection of intellectual property/use of IP as a differentiator /barrier for competitors ;
• Licenses to commercialize IP;
• Startup license and license to exiting company as options;
• Effective use of the Business Model Canvas to build a startup venture;
• The importance to success of domain-savvy experienced human capital, smart financial capital and knowing customer needs;
• The critical role of commercialization partners; and
• Resources available to support innovation and new technology entrepreneurship.
Participants may earn a completion certificate from the graduate school. Students may receive credit through a special topics course in their home department or ECON 492/592 special topics.
Two workshops, which will last approximately two hours, will be held each month through April 27. The workshops will be held in Daktronics Engineering Hall, room 260.
From SDSU Marketing & Communications

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