For anyone who has ever wanted to turn a great technological idea
into a successful business plan, a two-day workshop at The University
of Southern Mississippi could provide the know-how.
to Venture" is an intensive workshop aimed at students, faculty
and entrepreneurs who want to learn how to turn an innovative product
idea into a new technology venture. The workshop will be held on
the Hattiesburg campus April 23-24.
to Venture" will teach participants how to evaluate their ideas,
perfect a business plan, define their business needs and identify
customers. It will also cover legal considerations, licensing, and
finding the money to start the venture.
is the first step in converting an idea or new invention into a
commercial product," said Dr. Lon Mathias, a polymer science
professor at Southern Miss.
Not only will
participants discover how to turn an idea into a new product venture,
they will also connect with the local people and programs that can
help them turn their ideas into reality.
polymer science professor Dr. Pollyanne Frantz likened the two-day
workshop to a "boot-camp" for entrepreneurs.
crucial for any scientist to understand patents, copyrights and
how to protect their inventions and ideas," Frantz said.
property experts from the University of Mississippi, which is co-hosting
the workshop in Hattiesburg, will discuss patenting and copyrighting
issues. The workshop will also include sessions with successful
practicing entrepreneurs from Mississippi and other states, as well
as business planning experts from Southern Miss.
marketing, team building and business development from consulting
firms including Grayhead Associates, Aileron Partners and Breakthrough
Marketing Technology will also be present.
Backed by the
National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance, the national
"Invention to Venture" series was established to tap the
entrepreneurial ambitions of students and faculty on college campuses
across the country.
will be held from 2-8:30 p.m. on April 23 and from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
on April 24. It is free for university students, faculty and staff,
and $30 for non-affiliated participants.
online for the workshop or for further details, go to www.invention2venture.org.
For more information, contact Dr. Pollyanne Frantz at (601) 266-5047