Pre-Seed Workshop is a community event where teams build companies over the course of two and a half days. Organizers bring together experts in the community (technical, legal, business, finance, etc.) to determine the viability of new start-up concepts, potentially being spun-out of universities and federal labs, with a focus on commercializing hard-science technologies. Highly-skilled professionals are pre-assigned to work with academic researchers that have patented inventions. The talent on each team is "balanced" to simulate a real start-up company. Six to eight teams are created per workshop. During the workshop, the teams are led through a series of structured hands-on sessions where they investigate and transform potentially commercializable technologies into pre-seed stage companies. Teams leave the workshop with a thin commercialization plan for a new start-up.
Contact Sandra Small, PhD: firstname.lastname@example.org or 716-881-4851