PhD Plus offers Innovation seminar series every Fall and Commercialization training every Spring to develop business skills and prepare traines in a variety of careers, such as: independent research careers; careers in business, venture capital, or early-stage, companies; or aspiring entrepreneurs. The skills training module is developed and offered in collaboration with the UVA Darden School of Business Batten Institute and the UVA Licensing and Ventures Group.
David Touve, Senior Director, Applied Innovation, at Darden's Batten Institute.
The purpose of the Innovation series is to foster a more innovative and entrepreneurial mindset by introducing participants to and engaging them with the challenges faced by innovators and entrepreneurs. PhD Plus Innovation series is meant to provide relevant frameworks and skills whether you are pursuing a new research project, starting up a new lab, hoping to commercialize an invention, or simply interested in working at the intersection of science and society. The weekly seminar series spanning 12 weeks every Fall semester, involves a mix of case discussions, workshops, and conversations with invited experts, covering topics such as: customer discovery, entrepreneurial mindset, market analysis, prototype development, and design thinking. Upon successful completion (70%) of this series, PhD students are eligible for a non-credit credential (PhDP 9420) in their academic transcript.
Fall 2022 Topics and Schedule
PhD+ Innovation seminar series will be offered every Monday at 4 PM (ET), starting on Sep 12, and concludes on Nov 21 (no sessions on Oct 3 & Oct 10). Upon successful completion (75% or 6 of 8 sessions; excluding the social event at the end) of this series, PhD students are eligible for a non-credit credential (PhDP 9420) in their academic transcript. Topics included:
Q'est queue c'est, "Innovation" | Think Different | Talking to Humans | Weird Science | May the Force be with You | Models and Rockstars | What's it Worth to You? | Panel of Experts | Social Event
*For specific session descriptions, please scroll down this page and see the individual event page.
Fall 2022 registration link for Innovation Series.
PhD Plus Commercialization series provides 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 and deal terms, founders' agreements, incorporation). This module is offered every Spring semester, and developed in collaboration with the UVA Darden's Batten Institute and the UVA Licensing and Ventures Group.
Spring 2022 Topics and Schedule
PhD+ Commercialization seminar series was offered every Monday between January 31 and April 11 (except Feb 21 and March 7) at 4.30- 5.45 pm on Zoom. Upon successful completion (75%, excluding session 10 ) of this series, PhD students are eligible for a non-credit credential (PhDP 9430) in their academic transcript. Topics include:
- Anatomy of a Pitch | Jan 31
- Starting up and Staging Risk | Feb 14
- Founding Teams & Agreement | Feb 21
- Incorporation | Feb 28
- Intellectual Property Primer | March 14
- The Patent Process | March 21
- The license agreement | March 28
- The funding landscape | April 4
- VC Method & Terms | April 11
- Founder Panel | April 18