The Startup seminar series introduces PhD candidates and Postdocs to the challenges faced by the founders and funders of new ventures — particularly those engaged in the commercialization of a novel invention or discovery.
The Fall seminars provide a general background in the tools and techniques of startup companies (e.g., problem identification, hypothesis driven product/service development, impact/business models, market context, founder/team relationships, investor mindset).
The Spring seminars provide a more specific background in the players and processes involved in the commercialization of inventions/discoveries (e.g., stakeholder interests, patents, license structures, sources of funding).
Seminar sessions meet weekly, and will be a mix of case discussions, guest panels, and action-oriented workshops. The seminars also provide a background for and connections to additional, experiential opportunities across Grounds — iCorps, the iLab’s Incubator program, the Licensing & Ventures Group, the UVA Seed Fund, etc.