Track H

H2 Every Day is a Winding Road: Coping with the Increase in Campus Entrepreneurship

Track: Startups and Gap Funding

Target Audience: Advanced

Manjula Donepudi, Rockefeller University

Mary Elizabeth Hughes Campbell, California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
Manu S. Nair, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF)
Sita Sailaja Pappu, Washington State University

Your inventor has been working on a technology for a couple of years. Your office may have even filed a patent application or two. Then one day, your inventor comes to you and says “I’ve got a great technology and I want to start a company!” Sound familiar? We have all gone down the road of helping an inventor launch a company. But before the company incorporation and the glamorous press release, you find yourself in a version of “Shark Tank” meets “The Dating Game” as you shepherd your inventor through the process of pitching the technology to potential investors. Join us for a discussion on how universities are adapting to the growth of entrepreneurship on campus. Hear about various strategies for supporting inventors through the ups and downs of starting a company and managing expectations along the way.

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