Who can participate?

  • All faculty are encouraged to attend the education program, but application is required as slots are limited.
  • No technology or commercial idea needed to attend sessions, but required to pitch
  • Faculty teams can include other faculty and/or grad students and post docs
  • Existing technologies permitted at least developed to proof of concept, but patent or disclosure is not necessary

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Participant / Pitch requirements

  • Must attend 4 of the 6 sessions offered
  • Need to have one strategy development meeting with NVD during office hours
  • Need to complete 1 meeting with a mentor, teaching team, speaker, or NVD Entrepreneur in Residence
  • Need to complete and document 5 commercialization qualifying meetings outside the University (NVD can help facilitate and provide network contacts if needed)

Why pitch?

Two awards for top pitches:

  1. 2 course release in the Fall because start-ups take your time and attention
  2. New Venture Seed grant to pursue commercialization


  • New Venture Seed grant
  • Continued New Venture Advisor support
  • Plus: bragging rights!