UCLA Launches Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program

The EIR program emerged out of the voiced need for more interaction between entrepreneurs with commercial experience and faculty and graduate students with research experience.

From UCLA Today:

“When it comes to launching startup companies to help campus researchers bring their inventions to the marketplace, UCLA is one of the nation’s leading schools, with more than 100 startups currently open for business and roughly 20 new ones being established every year. Yet for university-based inventors, stepping from the world of academia into the realm of entrepreneurial ventures can feel like wading into unfamiliar waters.

A new entrepreneur-in-residence program (EIR) launched this month by the Office of Intellectual Property and Industry Sponsored Research (OIP-ISR) comes to the aid of campus inventors by bringing in experienced entrepreneurs to provide guidance and advice…”

UCLA EIR Program [web]


Bruins’ Dot-Com Businesses Take Off with New Campus Accelerator

“We’re looking to see if we can help students be more successful. In the current market, the best job they can find may be one that they make.”


“Trading travel stories over bento boxes at an Asian restaurant one day last winter, UCLA students Melanie Gin and Tri Nguyen lamented that there was no effective way to create an attractive online travel journal, with photos, of their experiences — including Gin’s life-changing months in London and Nguyen’s studies in Japan through UC’s Education Abroad Program (EAP). So the friends came up with a website of their own, TravelStrings, that they are now beta-testing with the current crop of EAP globetrotters.

How did Gin and Nguyen go from bento boxes to beta-testing in just a few months, and with no entrepreneurial experience? Lots of hard work, for sure, plus Startup UCLA’s Summer Accelerator, the first-ever, on-campus program for digital startups brainstormed by students and alumni.

Since July 9, the teams behind TravelStrings and eight other startups have been working virtually 24/7 out of a workspace in the Luskin School of Public Affairs, tapping into the knowledge and experience of movers and shakers from the startup world, and developing prototypes, business plans and pitches they’ll make in September to local incubators and venture capitalists…”

Startup UCLA Summer Accelerator Demo Day [web]

UCLA: How entrepreneurship courses can help executives start their own business

For executives interested in branching out and starting their own business, the UCLA Anderson School of Management offers entrepreneurship courses designed to help them better understand what it takes to make that happen.

From SmartBusiness:

“Executives who enter the course have ideas they want to explore either related to their job or not. The course helps them think through the process of whether or not they should give up their job, incur the opportunity costs and strike out on their own,” says George Abe, lecturer and faculty director for the Strategic Management Research (SMR) Program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

As they work through the courses, students can begin to better answer questions such as: How do I raise investment capital? What’s the difference between an angel and a venture capitalist? Should I seek outside financing at all? I have an idea, how do I know it’s a good idea?

“They enter school with these questions and we try to be pretty direct on how to answer them. So the way entrepreneurship courses help them is to answer these questions. We do this by having them work through deals and providing examples of best and worst practices,” Abe says.

Smart Business spoke with Abe about how entrepreneurship courses can help prepare executives to start their own companies…”

SMR program at UCLA Anderson School of Management [web]

Santa Monica City Offers New Technology Program to Recent Graduates

Capitalizing on the creative technology community in Santa Monica, this program will engage students with hands-on projects and expose them to career opportunities in IT and private tech startup ventures.

From Santa Monica Dispatch:

“The City of Santa Monica Information Systems, Community and Cultural Services, and Housing and Economic Development departments have collaborated to launch a new program to facilitate career opportunities in technology for Santa Monica young people. The program will also develop the city’s tech workforce for the growing number of tech companies launching in Santa Monica.

The Youth Technology Program places 12 students in a week-long technology rotation to review specialized IT functions within an enterprise operating environment. Students will then spend five weeks going through the launch of a startup in the supportive environment of Coloft, a Santa Monica tech incubator that has taken part in several successful startups.

“This program will connect local youth with their government and provide them with skills they need for jobs in the local tech economy,” said Jory Wolf, Chief Information Officer for the City of Santa Monica. “With the tech sector rapidly developing into one of the most important segments of our local economy, what better way to sustain it than to grow our own local tech workforce?”

Youth Technology Program and Application [web]
Coloft [web]

Research and Technology Commercialization Introductory Courses, Over 4,000 Participants Across the U.S.

Areas covered in the course include intellectual property, patents, copyrights, trade secrets, trademarks, licensing agreements, employment agreements, consulting agreements, tech transfer, creating and funding companies, and federally funded Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs.

From NCET2:

“The Research Commercialization Introductory Course (Free) is a very popular online course designed to help science and engineering researchers better understand how research commercialization works. Generally over 4000 researchers from across the US take the course each time it is offered.

Research commercialization involves taking articles, documentation, know-how, patents, and copyrights, which are created during research activities and getting them to users and patients for real societal impacts.

In some cases, commercialization involved taking patents based on the research and licensing them to a company. This usually involves also having the researchers consult to the company. In other cases, commercialization involves forming of creating a startup and applying to federally funded commercialization programs. In all cases, though, research commercialization typically involves defining the nature of the research being commercialized (e.g., in a patent or intellectual property agreement), establishing a commercial relationship with another party (e.g., employment, a sale or license), and negotiating a contract (e.g., compensation).

The Research Commercialization Course is recommended for all science, engineering and medical researchers in public or private research institutions (e.g., grad students, post-docs, and faculty). This is an indispensable course for S&E grad students looking for jobs in the next 6-18 months.

Areas covered in the course include intellectual property, patents, copyrights, trade secrets, trademarks, licensing agreements, employment agreements, consulting agreements, tech transfer, creating and funding companies, and federally funded Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs.

This workshop course is offered free of charge but registration is required. Each lecture is a live 90-minute online class with Q&A.

Class Schedule:

  • April 16 – Introduction to Early-stage Funding
  • April 23 – Introduction to Structuring and Leading the Research-Intensive Company
  • Lecture 1: The Importance of Commercializing Research
    Monday, February 27, 2012, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
  • Lecture 2: Patents, Copyright, Trademarks and Trade Secrets
    Monday, March 5, 2012, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
  • Lecture 3: Employment and Consulting Agreements
    Monday, March 12, 2012, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
  • Lecture 4: Tech Transfer and Licensing Agreements
    Monday, March 19, 2012, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
  • Lecture 5: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grants
    Monday, March 26, 2012, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
  • Lecture 6: Introduction to Early Stage Funding
    Monday, April 16, 2012, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET
  • Lecture 7: Introduction to Structuring and Leading the Research-Intenstive Compant
    Monday, April 23, 2012, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET

Course Registration [web]
NCET2 Org [web]

The National Science Foundation Innovation Corps – Class 2: The Business Model Canvas

Over the last [several] months the U.S. government has been running one of the most audacious experiments in entrepreneurship since World War II… They launched an incubator for the top scientists and engineers in the U.S.

From Steve Blank:

“The Lean LaunchPad class for the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps is a new model of teaching startup entrepreneurship. This post is part two. Part one is here. Syllabus here.

The 21 NSF teams had been out of the classroom for just 15 hours as they filed back in with their business model canvas presentations. Their assignment appeared (to them) to be deceptively simple:
Write down their initial hypotheses for the 9 components of their company’s business model (who are the customers? what’s the product? what distribution channel? etc.)

  • Come up with ways to test each of the 9 business model canvas hypotheses
  • Decide what constitutes a pass/fail signal for the test. At what point would you say that your hypotheses wasn’t even close to correct?
  • Consider if their business worth pursuing? (Give us an estimate of market size)
  • Start their team’s blog/wiki/journal to record their progress during for the class

NSF I-Corps [web]

New NSF Report Outlines Trends in U.S. Global Competitiveness in Science and Technology

NSF launched a number of new initiatives to better position the United States in global Science & Technology.

From NSF:

The United States remains the global leader in supporting science and technology (S&T) research and development, but only by a slim margin that could soon be overtaken by rapidly increasing Asian investments in knowledge-intensive economies. So suggest trends released in a new report by the National Science Board (NSB), the policymaking body for the National Science Foundation (NSF), on the overall status of the science, engineering and technology workforce, education efforts and economic activity in the United States and abroad.

“This information clearly shows we must re-examine long-held assumptions about the global dominance of the American science and technology enterprise,” said NSF Director Subra Suresh of the findings in the Science and Engineering Indicators 2012 released today. “And we must take seriously new strategies for education, workforce development and innovation in order for the United States to retain its international leadership position,” he said.

Suresh oversees NSF’s $7 billion dollar budget, which is awarded to the federal agency by Congress and funds basic research and education across all fields of science and engineering, including some 15 percent of federally supported basic research conducted at America’s colleges and universities…

Report: Science and Engineering Indicators 2012 [web]