The Midwest Cleantech Open Innovators Workshop is an innovative, intensive 3 day course designed as a springboard for moving new cleantech ideas out of the university lab. The program is tailored specifically for science and engineering faculty, post docs and PhD students who want to learn how to commercialize their research, prepare for a career in the industry, or take the first steps toward launching a brand new venture.
The third annual workshop is being held July 16 — 18, 2013.
Location: NextEnergy, 400 Burroughs, Detroit
Application Deadline: Tuesday June 11, 2013
Attendees will experience a rigorous training course in entrepreneurship best practices that combines lectures and readings with active, hands-on participation, mentorship and networking. We are looking to demystify the commercialization of technology and the development of an early stage business. This workshop cultivates success by setting up a support network of top tier mentors and national instructors that will persist long after the training.
Researchers will receive an in-depth view of how to validate their technology, their market and their business as well as learn how to build a team and their company. They will also receive guidance on such key topics as how to protect intellectual property and how to raise investment capital.
The workshop provides participants with:
- A practical understanding of how innovations move from the laboratory to the market
- The skills necessary to select, guide, and advocate the commercial potential of their own research
- Introduction to a strong network of professionals who can help mentor and connect these participants as they move forward