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Rice UniversityCBEN
Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology
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Entrepreneurship Education Workshops

To start new companies, or to interact with existing startups, academic inventors must also have a rudimentary knowledge of business practices and language. We held a two-day workshop in Entrepreneurship Education for Researchers for professors, post-docs, and graduate students. This course on the commercialization of research discoveries in science and engineering was staffed by professors in Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Management and industry participants (e.g., local entrepreneurs and investors) involved in the Rice Alliance or as industrial affiliates. The center sponsored the attendance of its own members and promising junior nanoscience researchers at other academic institutions. Topics covered in this course include intellectual property, evaluation of business plans, negotiation skills, corporate governance in new ventures, common mistakes of entrepreneurs, and university incubators. The first of these workshops was held in conjunction with our first annual conference, in the fall of 2002 and repeated in Fall 2003.