University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has once again been selected to host the exciting one day workshop, Invention to Venture. Backed by the National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance and the Kauffman Foundation. this event is one of a national series of workshops for science and technology students and faculty. This year's workshop will feature such regional speakers that are experts on how to make ideas commercial success.
Last year, the I2V program was held at the Quest Center in New Bedford and was a great success. This year's workshop will be held at the Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center (ATMC) in Fall River, Massachusetts. The ATMC is co-hosting the event with the Charlton College of Business. Dr. Eileen Peacock, Dean of the Charlton College of Business states: "This workshop will further our efforts to encourage collaboration between UMass Dartmouth's Charlton College of Business and the business community." Dean Peacock asked, "Are you a technologist? an inventor? have entrepreneurial ambition?" She continued, "Then you should plan to attend this introductory workshop on technology entrepreneurship. Save the date!"
Sponsors for this year's event include: Hinkley Allen Snyder LLP, the South Coast Development Partnership, and the Fall River Chamber of Commerce.
The national Invention to Venture series has been established to tap the entrepreneurial ambitions of students and faculty on college campuses across the U.S. Participants discover how to turn an idea into a new product venture, and connect with the local people and programs that can help them turn their ideas into a reality. Since 2001, the Invention to Venture series workshops have provided an exciting opportunity for participants to learn tech entrepreneurship basics, build their networks, and develop plans for moving their ideas forward.
"We work on funding and supporting collegiate entrepreneurship across the country," said Phil Weilerstein, Executive Director of the National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance. "We think there's particular entrepreneurial promise at UMass Dartmouth and in the surrounding SouthCoast region. Last year's workshop was a success and we're thrilled to be working with UMass Dartmouth to help put together another successful Invention to Venture."
Workshop Topics Include:
Evaluating your ideas
Defining needs and identifying customers
Finding the money
Perfecting your business plan
Date: October 20, 2006
Time: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Location: Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center (ATMC),
151 Martine Street Fall River, MA
For more information on the workshop and the agenda visit: www.invention2venture.org/events/UMassD/index.html
About the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance
Invention to Venture is a project of the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), an alliance of nearly 200 colleges and universities across the U.S. The mission of The Alliance is to foster experiential invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship education in institutions of higher learning across the United States. The NCIIA offers its members access to grants, resources and networking opportunities to help them develop and institutionalize creative and entrepreneurial curricula. To learn more about the NCIIA and its programs, visit www.nciia.org
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For more information on this workshop contact: Contact: John Miller
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