INNoVATE Information Session
The INNoVATE Program is recruiting for its 2013 class.
Join us for an Information Session!
Monday, March 11th
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Room 1101, IBBR Building
9600 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, MD 20850
RSVP online at http://www.umbc.edu/innovateprogram/
The INNoVATE™ program provides applied training for post-doctoral fellows, research scientists, and other professionals who want to start life science-based companies. The program was launched in 2010 with a 3-year funding grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). For the 2013 INNoVATE class, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), will offer the program at The Universities at Shady Grove's campus in Montgomery County, Maryland. The program is intended for scientists interested in commercializing biomedical technology. Partners in the program are the BioHealth Innovation, Inc. and the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development.During the program, INNoVATE participants learn to evaluate the commercial potential of a technology, create a business operational plan and articulate their investment opportunity to investors and potential business partners. The program participants also learn about valuable start-up resources in the region such as university technology transfer programs, business incubators, regional service providers, state and federal funding programs, angel and venture capital investors, and potential commercial partners. In addition, the program provides an opportunity to network with local business professionals at program events and in-class panel discussions.
As a group, postdocs and academic faculty are underrepresented in entrepreneurial careers due to their need for business training, their lack of industrial experience, and their difficulty accessing entrepreneurial mentors and advisors. INNoVATE is a unique program that provides scientists with access to experienced faculty advisors and business mentors, who help guide their project from idea formulation to business execution.