Learn to create a Center for Innovation that serves institutional and local economic goals.
Learn how you can develop a successful center for innovation on your campus that serve as both an academic hub and gateway to the surrounding economic and entrepreneurial environment. This conference will enable your team to:
We have integrated numerous working sessions into this program to allow you and your team to accomplish critical work while attending the conference.
Innovation centers mean different things to different people and institutions. During this program we will focus on three distinct types of centers. You will learn about spaces that:
As an added bonus, every registrant will receive a recording of our popular webinar, Key Considerations for Designing Student-Focused Innovation Spaces. This bonus training will give you an overview of different types of student-focused innovation spaces that campuses across the country are creating, and tips for starting your own project. This will be beneficial information to review before the event and share with your campus colleagues.
Centers for innovation or entrepreneurship can be an opportunity to create a meaningful revenue stream while serving the academic mission of the institution. However, moving toward a revenue-generating model creates a number of considerations and challenges an institution must bear in mind to effectively create a revenue stream. This post-conference workshop is designed to address these considerations to create added value to your center efforts.
Your learning needs can best be met when a team from your institution can discuss and prioritize according to your strategic vision. We suggest bringing a team of representatives from the following divisions: academic leadership, student affairs, faculty, facilities planning and management, and corporate and foundation relations. When you register two colleagues, a third can attend for 50% off!
“Three days saved our team six months of information gathering and planning.”- Francoise Lepage, Sarlo Distinguished Professor of International Business, Dominican University of California
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Learning Outcome:After participating in this conference, you will be able to develop a framework for a center for innovation or entrepreneurship on campus.
Our opening session of day one will provide clear definitions for the three different types of centers for innovation. You will be introduced to the organization structures institutions are using to establish and operate these different centers. Types of centers discussed will be those that:
Establishing the vision, mission, and values of your center is a critical first step in creating an innovation center on campus. During this session we will explore why establishing your vision is important, provide examples of vision statements from other centers, and help you conduct your own visioning exercise. As a group, we will discuss:
Our opening session of day two digs into the first major challenge facing any center for innovation or entrepreneurship: identifying partners within the local economic environment. Our expert instructor will discuss keys to a thorough and fruitful search, including:
At the heart of most centers’ success is a sincere connection to the student learning experience, and this session will address how your center can ensure strong ties to your students. This discussion will include:
Academic faculty are sincere contributors, if not centerpieces, of any successful center. This morning’s final session will address how your center can best incorporate faculty, including:
This final morning session is devoted to how your institution can best incorporate institutional expectations for your center into fair and equitable agreements with your partners. Included will be discussions on:
No center is complete without users. During this session we will discuss best practices for marketing your center to all relevant users both on and off campus. Considerations during this session include:
This final working session will be an opportunity for you to look at how your mission and market can and should drive the promotion of your innovation center. Included in this activity will be tips on how to:
For many, the center for innovation or entrepreneurship can be an opportunity to create a meaningful revenue stream while serving the academic mission of the institution. However, moving toward a revenue-generating model creates a number of considerations and challenges that an institution must bear in mind to effectively create a revenue stream. This post-conference workshop is designed to address these considerations in helping to create added value to your center efforts. You will walk through key considerations related to revenue generation, including:
Gene Hambrick is businessman (Fortune 500 and entrepreneur), consultant, educator, fundraiser, volunteer, and world traveler with 40+ years of experience in both the for-profit and not-for-profit segments. Gene’s experience has been in the United States, Asia, and Latin America; including living and working in Mexico for three years. Some Asian colleagues and friends created the Chinese “name” of Jin Han Ke for Gene. In Latin America, friends and colleagues call him Eugenio. Gene has studied Spanish and Japanese.
Currently, Gene is the Director-Center Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Executive in Residence at Earlham College. In addition to managing the Center, Gene teaches four courses (Field Experience Seminar, Entrepreneurial Marketing, Ennovation Lab, Strategic Analysis and Action) in the Global Management program.
Dr. Marlo Rencher's responsibilities include entrepreneurial programming, mentorship of student-run businesses, and operations at the on-campus entrepreneurial community and co-working space. She also serves as the faculty chair of the entrepreneurship department at the business-focused university.
A Michigan State University graduate with a BA in marketing, Dr. Rencher also has a MBA from the Ross Business School at the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in anthropology from Wayne State University. Her research interests exist at the intersection of entrepreneurship, design, technology and culture. Marlo has founded or co-founded three tech companies. She is a past TEDx speaker and SXSW Interactive panelist.
Dr. Garret Westlake is leading the transformation of VCU into one of the nation’s leading universities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, innovation, and the inclusion of entrepreneurial thinking as a requisite skill for the innovation economy. As executive director, Dr. Westlake advances university-wide student innovation and entrepreneurship through curriculum as well as through curated experiential education opportunities.
As a technology entrepreneur, Dr. Westlake founded a social impact company that employed individuals with autism in STEM. Prior to joining VCU, Dr. Westlake served as the associate dean of student entrepreneurship for Arizona State University’s #1 ranked Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He has worked closely with Ashoka U, the Clinton Global Initiative University, and for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. Students and startups he has mentored have been named to Forbes 30 Under 30 for Healthcare Innovation, awarded Rhodes Scholarships, named Resolution Project Fellows, and have been accepted to SXSW and Y Combinator.
Under Dr. Whitehead’s guidance the university has developed the Center for Innovation. The Center is becoming a hub for creativity and a link to the university resources.
Dr. Whitehead held a faculty position in the applied engineering and technology department for eleven years before transitioning to the associate provost position three years ago. While a faculty member, he was a member of the graphic communication and multimedia technology, robotics engineering, and technology education departments.
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The rate is $149 for single or double occupancy, plus applicable tax.
A room block has been reserved for the nights of September 24, 25, and 26 2017.
Make your reservations prior to Monday, September 4, 2017. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early. Rooms are subject to hotel availability.
The Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette French Quarter Area Hotell is located near many distinct attractions that have made New Orleans so iconic.
The hotel is approximately 12.8 miles from Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY). Transportation options from the airport include:
“I would attend another AI event based on this conference.”- Ellen Mackay, Manager of Tech Transfer, Lakehead University
“The conference focused on several perspectives like buy-in of stakeholders, sustainability, marketing, and visit to the Center which brought everything together. The choice of session leaders was outstanding.”- Jayati Ghosh, Associate Dean and Professor, Dominican University of California
“Great connections with the Innovation community.”- Julie Messing, Executive Director for Entrepreneurship Initiatives, Kent State University
“The Academic Impressions conference was transformational for me. The curriculum and speakers perfectly matched my need to know more about developing an Innovation Center. I left invigorated with a set of tools our team will use to take the critical next steps.”- Denise Lucy, Professor and Executive Director, Dominican University of California
“Three days saved our team six months of information gathering and planning.”- Francoise Lepage, Sarlo Distinguished Professor of International Business, Barowsky School of Business, Dominican University of California
“Information provided had great scope (breadth) and depth. I thoroughly enjoyed and benefited from the conference.”- Peter Kaufman, Associate Professor, Illinois State University
“An outstanding session. Most helpful and valuable to our planning.”- Brian Jervis; Associate VP for Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activities; Albany State University
“Outstanding conference that created value added for our planning objectives.”- Lawrence McNeil, Associate Professor of Economics, Prairie View A&M University
“It was great to have the opportunity to brainstorm as a team around very relevant and helpful questions.”- Eric Davis, Provost and Vice-President, Academic, University of the Fraser Valley
“Great selection of speakers with varied experience of expertise. Well worth it.”- Dr. Jacqueline Nolte, Dean of Arts, University of Fraser Valley, BC Canada
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