Translating green technologies into market solutions and business ventures
With founding support from the Kauffman Foundation, The Green Technology Entrepreneurship Academy brings students together with Academy faculty, investors, entrepreneurs, and industry executives to understand the path from laboratory to market, and the resources that are available along the way.
Students work within inter-disciplinary teams to identify, design, and validate new business opportunities, under the guidance of faculty, technology transfer staff, and experienced entrepreneurs and investors from environmental science and technology-based ventures.
Students in the workshop are introduced to the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
- Dynamics of innovation and entrepreneurship
- Evaluating technology/market opportunities
- Pursuing IP patenting and licensing strategies
- Writing and communicating business plans
- Building and managing interdisciplinary teams
- Modeling finance and investment strategies
- Rapid prototyping and testing strategies
Participants leave with the knowledge and skills needed to recognize, develop, and communicate potential commercial and knowledge distribution opportunities arising from their research and how to tap the social networks linking them to the entrepreneurial community.
A program of the UC Davis Center for Entrepreneurship Graduate School of Management at the University of California the Academy the 2008 gathering was held in Incline Village, Nevada.