Establishing a Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Establishing a Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

 

September 24 - 26, 2018 | Lowell, MA

 

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Learn to create a center for innovation that serves institutional and local economic goals.

Driven by the rapidly changing needs of employers, higher education is seeking to make its spaces more reflective of a work environment that places a premium on innovation and entrepreneurship. Campus innovation centers provide an impetus of forward-thinking learning environments with students in mind creating stronger opportunities for student-faculty interaction, enhancing the academic environment, and fostering success.

Learn how you can develop an innovation center on your campus that can serve as both an academic hub and gateway to the surrounding economic and entrepreneurial environment. Focusing on centers that facilitate multidisciplinary learning, foster industry partnerships, and drive entrepreneurship among students, we will focus on the key elements to establishing an innovation center on your campus:

  • Establishing a vision for your center
  • Scanning the market and identifying strategic partnerships
  • Connecting students and faculty to the center’s mission
  • Understanding IP and tech transfer considerations
  • Developing your center’s leadership
  • Funding and marketing your center

Site Visit: University of Massachusetts Lowell Innovation Hub

The Innovation Hub (IHub) at 110 Canal Street, is one component in a four story innovation complex established in 2014 at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Located in the former Lowell Manufacturing Company in the heart of Lowell’s former textile corridor, the Innovation Hub provides co-working, office, conferencing, and prototype space to tech-based entrepreneurs. The IHub hosts student entrepreneurs, faculty startups, industry skunk works, and external startups from across the region. Our visit to Lowell will also include tours of:

  • M2D2 - The University’s medical device incubator with a shared wet lab
  • Fabric Discovery Center - a recently opened advanced fabrics and textiles
  • NNMI and NERVE Center - One of three NIST-certified robotics test centers in the country

Post-Conference Workshop: Integrating Innovation and Entrepreneurship into Your Academic Curriculum

Centers for innovation can be an excellent source of learning and inspiration for students. During this workshop we will explore how you can integrate innovation and entrepreneurship into your curriculum. Included in this workshop is how your innovation center can play an important role in this process.

Come With Your Team and Save!

You learn more 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 three or more colleagues you can save over 15% on registration.

Testimonials from Past Participants of this Training

“An outstanding session. Most helpful and valuable to our planning.”

Brian Jervis, Associate Vice President of Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activities, Sheridan College

“Outstanding conference that created value added for our planning objectives.”

Lawrence McNeil, Associate Professor of Economies, 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.

“Great conference to learn the essentials of starting up an innovation center and surrounded by individuals with the same energy and mission.”

Annette T. Santos, Dean, Business & Public Administration, University of Guam

“The information obtained at this conference was highly effective to understanding how to structure innovative center for students to develop themselves above and beyond the institution.”

Akil Anderson, Media Director, Emerson College

“Very informational conference that was very organized and topics were discussed thoroughly.”

Martha Maddox, Associate Dean and Professor, Tennessee Wesleyan 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

“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

“Great way to learn about this space and very helpful for strategic thinking.”

Elizabeth Bussian, Director of Community Relations and Business Manager, Fort Lewis College

“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.

“Great connections with the Innovation community.”

Julie Messing, Executive Director for Entrepreneurship Initiatives, Kent State University

“A truly useful conference.”

Greg Paveza, Dean of Graduate Studies, Southern Connecticut State University

“Information provided had great breadth and depth. I thoroughly enjoyed and benefited from the conference.”

Peter Kaufman, Associate Professor, Illinois State University

Agenda

Day 1: Creating a Vision and Strategic Positioning
Monday, September 24, 2018

Registration

12:30 - 1:00 p.m.


Welcome and Introductions

1:00 - 1:15 p.m.


Defining the Three Types of Centers for Innovation

1:15 - 2:00 p.m.

In this opening session, we will provide a high-level overview of innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education. We will then explore and analyze the three different types of innovation centers, and how different institutions are implementing them:

  • Facilitate multi-disciplinary learning
  • Foster industry partnerships
  • Drive student entrepreneurship

Establishing a Vision for Your Center

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

The first, and perhaps most critical, step in creating a center for innovation on your campus is establishing a vision for it. During this session, we will explore why establishing your vision is important, provide examples of vision statements from other centers, and provide working time to develop your own vision. As a group, we will discuss:

  • Key decisions in creating an innovation center
  • Developing a strategic marketing plan
  • Benchmarking against aspirant and peer institutions
  • Short and long-term metrics for measuring your success

Break

3:30 - 3:45 p.m.


Scanning the Economic Market and Identifying Center Partnerships

3:45 - 5:00 p.m.

A significant challenge facing any innovation center is identifying appropriate partners within your community and developing a mutual beneficial relationship. We will discuss key considerations to scanning the market and identifying partners, such as:

  • Marketing your center to the right niche
  • Scanning your local environment effectively
  • Balancing potential partner needs with your realities and resources
  • Actively vetting prospective partners according to their goals and resource requirement

This session will also include working time with assistance from our experts, so you can begin working within your mission framework to strategize how you will identify and prioritize external partners.


Networking Reception (included in registration fee)

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Day 2: Considerations for Parallel Institutional and Economic Goals
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

 

Continental Breakfast (included in registration fee)

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.


Connecting Your Center to the Student Experience

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

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:

  • Benefits of student and corporate engagement
  • Best practices for curricular tie-ins
  • Student innovation, entrepreneurship programs, or co-curricular events
  • Keys to strong internship programs

Incorporating Faculty in your Center Vision

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Academic faculty are sincere contributors, if not centerpieces, of any successful center. We will address how your center can best incorporate faculty, including:

  • Determining when and how to invite faculty into the development of your center
  • Incorporating faculty as research partners and/or resources
  • Leveraging faculty as curricular champions
  • Discussing impacts to faculty productivity

Morning Break

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.


Understanding the Importance of IP and Tech Transfer

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

This final morning session is devoted to understanding the importance of IP and Tech Transfer as it relates to your center. We will primarily focus on:

  • Distinguishing the center business model perspective between innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Understanding Tech Transfer and commercialization  
  • Non-disclosure agreements
  • IP overview when working with students, faculty, and staff

Lunch (included in registration fee)

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.


Site Visit: The Innovation Hub (iHub) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell

1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

The Innovation Hub at 110 Canal Street, is one component in a four story innovation complex established in 2014 at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Located in the former Lowell Manufacturing Company in the heart of Lowell’s former textile corridor, the Innovation Hub provides co-working, office, conferencing and prototype space to tech-based entrepreneurs. The IHub hosts student entrepreneurs, faculty startups, industry skunk works and external startups from across the region. Our visit to Lowell will also include tours of:

  • M2D2 - The University’s medical device incubator with a shared wet lab
  • Fabric Discovery Center - a recently opened advanced fabrics and textiles
  • NNMI and NERVE Center - One of three NIST-certified robotics test centers in the country

Panel Discussion

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

After touring the Innovation Hub and related facilities, you will have an opportunity to discuss the development and operations of these unique centers with stakeholders from each initiative.

Day 3: Leading and Marketing Your Innovation Center
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Continental Breakfast (included in registration fee)

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.


Effectively Leading a Center for Innovation

9:00 - 9:45 a.m.

Effective leadership is a critical component of a successful Center for Innovation. This session will focus on key leadership skills required to champion, build, and maintain your center, which include networking and creative decision-making.


Break

9:45 - 10:00 a.m.


Keys to Marketing your Center

10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

No center is complete without users. We will discuss best practices for marketing your center to all relevant users both on and off campus. Considerations during this session include:

  • Understanding your capacity for growth and the marketing implications
  • Seeking and securing appropriate donors for your center
  • Differentiating campaigns for multiple audiences
  • Leveraging marketing avenues within your local (and campus) community

This session will also include working time to provide you an opportunity to look at how your mission and market should drive the promotion of your innovation center. We will focus on:

  • Positioning the mission of your center within a competitive local market
  • Selling your center to your niche
  • Developing an elevator pitch you can present at your own institution

Final Questions and Conference Wrap-Up

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Lunch for Post-Conference Workshop Attendees (included in workshop registration fee)

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.


Post-Conference Workshop: Integrating Innovation and Entrepreneurship into Your Academic Curriculum

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Centers for innovation can be an excellent source of learning and inspiration for students. During this workshop we will explore how you can integrate innovation and entrepreneurship into your curriculum. Included in this workshop is how your innovation center can play an important role in this process.

September 24 - 26, 2018
Lowell, MA

Hotel:

UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center
50 Warren Street
Lowell, MA 01852

Room Rate: $129 + Applicable Tax
Room Block Dates: Nights of September 23, 24, and 25, 2018.
Rate Available Until: August 30, 2018.
Reserve Your Room:  Please call 978.934.6920 and indicate that you are with the Academic Impressions group to receive the group rate.

Please book early - rooms are limited and subject to availability.

Speakers

JonGaron

Jon Garon
Dean
Shepard Broad College of Law
Nova Southeastern University

Jon is an expert in all things IP and tech transfer. As a dean and former program director, he was instrumental in establishing and integrating the innovation center mission, as well as developing relationships with internal and external stakeholders

Read Jon's Full Bio.

Allen Kunkel

Allen Kunkel
Associate Vice President for Economic Development and Director of the Jordan Valley Innovation Center
Missouri State University

Allen’s focus is on connecting his campus to the local economic marketplace. During the event, he will help you develop ideas for reaching out to your local marketplace and establishing strong leadership for your center.

Read Allen's Full Bio.

RobertManasier

Robert Manasier
Entrepreneur-in-Residence and
New Venture Manager
Innovate 518

Robert has expertise in intellectual property and tech transfer as they relate to campus innovation centers. He is a serial entrepreneur with experience in over 128 startups internationally.

Read Robert's Full Bio.

Marlo-Rencher

Marlo Rencher
Executive Director of the Center for
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Cleary University

Marlo’s focus is on integrating innovation centers with the academic curriculum. She has worked at Cleary University to connect their innovation center to the student learning experience.

Read Marlo's Full Bio.

GarretWestlake

Garret Westlake
Executive Director of
the da Vinci Center
Virginia Commonwealth University

Garret’s can help you establish a strong vision for your center. He has successfully engaged faculty in his campus’ center and mentored students who were named to Forbes 30 Under 30, awarded Rhodes Scholarships, and more.

Read Garret's Full Bio.

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Dr. Stephen Whitehead
Associate Provost
California University of Pennsylvania

Stephen can help you sell your innovation center both internally and externally. He is trained in Human Centered Design and uses these techniques to develop innovative ideas in higher education.
 

Read Stephen's Full Bio.

SteveTello

Steven F. Tello
Vice Provost, Innovation and Workforce Development and Associate Professor, Manning School of Business
University of Massachusetts Lowell

Steven helps build programs related to commercialization, entrepreneurship, and economic development. He will be one of our tour guides as we explore the University of Massachusetts Lowell Innovation Hub.

Read Steven's Full Bio.

Main Conference Only

$1,495 through September 7$1,595

Team Discounts Available!

  • 1-2 registrations: full price
  • 3-4 registrations: 15% off each conference registration
  • 5-7 registrations: 20% off each conference registration
  • 8 + registrations: 25% off each conference registration

Post-Conference Workshop Only

$395 through September 7$495
  • 1-2 registrations: full price
  • 3-4 registrations: 15% off each conference registration
  • 5-7 registrations: 20% off each conference registration
  • 8 + registrations: 25% off each conference registration
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Conference Binder
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Purchase the conference binder, which includes all presentation slides, worksheets, action plans, and additional resources.

Note: Conference attendees do not need to purchase materials separately.

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