The LVC sponsored students, post-docs and faculty to attend, Invention to Venture: Workshops in Technology Entrepreneurship on Friday, November 12, 2010 at Tulane University’s Tidewater Building in downtown New Orleans. The workshop was put on by the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) and sponsored by the New Orleans BioInnovation Center (NOBIC), the Tulane University Freeman School of Business, the Tulane Entrepreneur Association (TEA), Tulane University Net Impact and Tulane University Social Entrepreneurship.
Presentations covered the topics of technology transfer, commercialization, social entrepreneurship, and venture planning. A representative from the Louisiana Technology Council highlighted the advances Louisiana has made in increasing the number of highly-skilled scientific workforce jobs and our improved perception that is attracting business to the State.
Presenters from the NCIIA and a Washington D.C-based governmental affairs firm spoke about grant opportunities available for researchers and students to collaborate and develop technologies as well as federal funding opportunities available to both researchers and entrepreneurs.
Professors from Tulane’s Freeman School of Business talked of a socially conscious approach to capitalism, how to maximize networking opportunities and effective tools for pitching business ideas. The keynote speaker was Bill Shore from Share Our Strength, a non-profit with the mission to end childhood hunger in the United States. He spoke about his experiences and gave advice to potential entrepreneurs.
The afternoon sessions involved several case studies of researchers successfully turning their technologies into commercial ventures. The day concluded with the LVC’s Steven Ceulemans and Justin Levy, presenting several of the outcomes out of the Commercialization Program’s “Venture Development” pipeline housed at NOBIC.
The workshop was well attended by researchers and entrepreneurs alike and provided a unique forum for discussion and collaboration. The LVC has helped to foster events like these that help to bring together the local university and business communities as well as the public and private sector. Interactions such as these lead us to create sustainable relationships and programs that benefit the city and the State as a whole.