MI-GTEA is taught by local and national investors, industry experts and university faculty. MI-GTEA provides a framework for universities to build a network between their research and the investment community. It combines a comprehensive curriculum based on building a business with hands-on exercises for science and engineering researchers to learn technology commercialization, new business development, navigation of intellectual property and technology transfer, development and validation of potential opportunities for commercialization, and integration of research and entrepreneurship.
What is included in the curriculum?
Attendees experience a rigorous training course in entrepreneurship best practices that combines lectures, readings and hands-on participation, mentorship and networking. We clarify the commercialization of technology and the development of an early stage business. MI-GTEA 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, market and 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.
What is the focus of the program?
The principal focus of MI-GTEA is the entrepreneurial education of university faculty and doctoral students, yet a major benefit is the networking opportunity it provides across the university and business communities. By bringing in venture capitalists, angel investors, and industry experts to teach key sessions, the participants will have significant opportunity to get to know top investors and key players that will be integral to their success as they move forward with a business.
Investors and industry experts gain the opportunity to meet top researchers and view the top clean technologies coming. They will help create a platform to move cleantech research out of Michigan’s university lab and into the marketplace.