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The Secrets of University Entrepreneurship
Thu, 05 Jun 2014 17:00:00 +0000

Featuring Scott Shane, noted author & expert in academic entrepreneurship at Case Western Reserve University

Cirrus Logic, Google, and Hewlett-Packard are all examples of successful new companies born from the technological inventions of faculty, staff and students at U.S. universities. Research has shown universities are excellent places to look for technologies from which to create new companies; the typical university spin-off is 108 times as likely as the typical start-up company to have an IPO.  But that doesn’t mean that all technologies invented at universities are right for starting new companies; less than 10 percent of all invention disclosures at U.S. universities are actually appropriate.

Drawing on his book, Academic Entrepreneurship: University Spinoffs and Wealth Creation and his other studies, Scott Shane, A Malachi Mixon III Professor of Economics at Case Western Reserve University, will discuss the key factors for creating successful university spin-off companies:

  • How to identify the right types of inventions,
  • The best forms of intellectual property protection for these technologies,
  • The right ways to raise money for these companies, and
  • The appropriate ways to staff the ventures, among other topics.

Talk:  5:00—6:00 pm

Reception:  6:00—7:00 pm

Questions? cgain@charter.net

Please note: this event is limited to 75 guests. Talk and reception sponsored by the Advocacy Consortium for Entrepreneurs.

When: Jun 5, 2014 5:00:00 PM to Jun 5, 2014 7:00:00 PMin Madison, Wisconsin

From Lab to Market: A Short Course in Technology Commercialization for University Innovators
Wed, 04 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000


DR. SCOTT A. SHANE, the A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, is the primary instructor. Dr. Shane is a recognized expert in the fields of academic entrepreneurship and technology commercialization, where he has done extensive research on university environments that enable such endeavors and has developed short courses for faculty, staff, and researchers interested in succeeding with new ventures. He has written several books, including “Academic Entrepreneurship: University Spinoffs and Wealth Creation” and “The Illusions of Entrepreneurship.”

DR. MARK COOK, Professor of Animal Science, and DR. RICHARD BURGESS, Professor Emeritus of Oncology, both at UW-Madison, will conclude with a module describing the UW technology transfer environment, conflict of interest policy, and local resources that can help campus entrepreneurs get innovation to market. Dr. Cook is a faculty entrepreneur and chair of the advisory board of the UW “Discovery to Product” and “Igniter” initiatives. Dr. Burgess is also a faculty entrepreneur and is a board member of ACE.

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to acquaint and ultimately engage university researchers with the business of innovation and entrepreneurship. Goals are to:

  1. Provide researchers with key skills that they would need to translate academic research into commercial uses;
  2. Sensitize clinical researchers to the goals of the business community and facilitate their ability to work with the private sector on technology development; and
  3. Make clinical researchers aware of the processes of academic technology development and transfer.

Sessions consist of lectures and case discussion facilitated by the instructor. Student products include the evaluation of the commercial potential of a university technology in which they apply their new knowledge about commercialization of scientific discoveries.

Learning Objectives

By taking this course, you will learn how:

• The university and broader institutional environment affects university entrepreneurship.

• To evaluate university technology and determine whether it is appropriate for a spin-off company.

• University technology transfer works, and how to negotiate technology transfer agreements.

• To manage academic research for commercial potential.

• To management the ethical and conflict of interest issues in academic entrepreneurship.

• To analyze new technology companies from the point of view of investors.

• To develop an effective venture based on scientific innovation.

• To better navigate the UW technology commercialization environment.

Class Format

This is a discussion-based seminar limited to 32 participants and offered without university credit. All students are encouraged to be active discussion participants. Students will be asked to identify the key issues in assigned cases and to provide an evaluation of one of the cases. A packet will be provided as reading material for the course.

Registration Fees (include annual membership in ACE)

UW Faculty, Staff, Other Professionals: $150

Students, Post-Docs: $80

More Information

Contact Cheryl Gain at cgain@charter.net

Course Outline

Wednesday, June 4

1:00-1:15 PM Introduction to Course and Participants

1:15-2:15 PM The Patent System Watch: Introduction to the patent system video

2:15-3:45 PM Lab Management for Commercialization Read: The Langer Lab: Commercializing Science

3:45-4:00 PM Break

4:00-5:15 PM Spinoffs versus Licensing Lecture: Should you start a spinoff company?

5:15-6:30 PM Evaluating University Technology for Commercialization Read: Polymer Nanocomposites with Endodontic Applications

Thursday, June 5

8:30-9:45 AM Understanding Investors: Lecture: What do investors want?

9:45-11:00 AM Financing a Spinoff Read: The Renovo Story (A): Venture Capital at the Cutting Edge

11:00-11:15 AM Break

11:15 -12:30 PM Negotiating Agreements Read: Syndexa and Technology Transfer at Harvard University

12:30-1:30 PM Lunch Break (on your own)

1:30-3:00 PM Putting It All Together Read: Specialized Limb Salvage (role play)

3:00-4:15 PM UW Technology Transfer, Conflict of Interest Policy, and Local Resources for Commercialization Presentation by Dr. Mark Cook, UW Professor of Animal Science, and Dr. Richard Burgess, UW Professor Emeritus of Oncology

Special Announcement

On June 5, 2014, following the short course, the Advocacy Consortium for Entrepreneurs has organized a free public program where Dr. Scott Shane will deliver a talk on “The Secrets of University Entrepreneurship.” He will discuss the key factors for creating successful university spin-off companies. Learn more or register separately for this free event here.

When: Jun 4, 2014 1:00:00 PM to Jun 5, 2014 4:00:00 PMin Madison, Wisconsin
Cost: 150.00 true UW-Madison Faculty/Staff or Other Professional 150.00

80.00 true UW-Madison Student or Post-Doc 80.00

Breaking Barriers Mentoring and Million Youth Peace March presents: Wake Up Your Poison Is Ready by Kitra Williams
Sat, 24 May 2014 20:00:00 +0000

“Wake Up Your Poison is Ready”  is a fundraising production to support Madison youth attending the Million Youth Peace March

in Washington D.C. on October 24, 2014. This play depicts the various evils that plague our nation’s youth, attempts to encourage then against violence and reconcile their differences in a non-violent way.

” Wake Up Your Poison is Ready” is written and directed by Kitra Williams, former leading lady of Tyler Perry’s “Dairy Of A Mad Black Woman”; TD Jake’s “Woman Thou Art Loosed“; and opening singer in Oprah Winfrey’s “The Color Purple.” The play also stars Chris Bolton from David E. Talbert’s “Mr. Right Now “and Trevor Holland, formerly of the group “Rugged.”

A portion of the proceeds from the musical will accommodate youth in from across the country to attend the 2014 Million Youth Peace March on Capitol Hill. The March scheduled October 25, 2014 is an annual mentoring program that encourages youth against bullying, violence and childhood obesity. Proceeds will assist in accommodating youth from across the country to attend the March and help build the “Youth Peace Ambassador Performing Arts Centers,” in all 50 States.

When: May 24, 2014 8:00:00 PM to May 24, 2014 10:00:00 PMin Madison, Wisconsin

Gymnastics: Leaping Lizards (M/W Summer)
Mon, 16 Jun 2014 09:45:00 +0000

When: Jun 16, 2014 9:45:00 AM in Madison, Wisconsin

ALEX VUCELICH & THE SWEET MEDICINE BAND w/ All Good Things, Penny Mouth, The Daze
Sat, 24 May 2014 21:00:00 +0000

ALEX VUCELICH & THE SWEET MEDICINE BAND w/ All Good Things, Penny Mouth, The Daze
May 24, 9:00 PM
Ages: 18+

$5 / $8 under 21

ALEX VUCELICH & THE SWEET MEDICINE BAND w/ All Good Things, Penny Mouth, The Daze


Alex Vucelich is a Songwriter/Musician living Nashville, TN. He is currently working on his 2nd full length album: To A God Unknown.



While staying very loyal to historical traditional Folk music, Experimental Folk artist John Petty describes, that his sound is portrayed in the unique essence of All Good Things music.“Time-honored Folk music inspires him to write and play music, which is quite uncanny due to the fact that his childhood was engrossed in blues, soul and rock ‘n roll and believes his writing and performing reflects those qualities.”

Beginning in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Petty began playing music as a teenager but not until a few years later he found his unique ability to twist to folk, pop, indie/rock, and bluegrass music together. Soaking up the music culture of La Crosse, Wisconsin, John Petty took advantage of the opportunity to play and write songs in a community that fully embraced his sound and style.

Continuously enhancing the project All Good Things, it was lead singer John Petty on guitar, “guitjo” (a guitar/banjo hybrid) and vocals; and now as a solo act, Petty picks up the pace back in Milwaukee. Still singing and playing guitar or “guitjo” he is occasionally joined by friends from the local music community and continues to stretch out of the common folk genre.

Using different techniques, Petty has a sound unlike most traditional Folk artists. He blends Folk, Bluegrass, Pop, and Indie/Rock into something that transcends what you might not be expecting. Without revealing his secret to writing lyrics, his words are strong in the sound and meaning behind each song.



Penny Mouth is a blues driven riff-rock outfit hailing from Nashville, TN. They are the ambassadors of dive bar, kick-your-teeth-in music. Known for their dirty, gritty sound and explosive stage performance, a Penny Mouth show without at least two parking lot brawls is considered a dull affair.



$5 / $8 under 21

Ages: 18+

When: May 24, 2014 9:00:00 PM in Madison, Wisconsin

UW Chamber Orchestra
Sun, 04 May 2014 19:30:00 +0000

Music: More Music:

When: 05/04/14 @ 7:30pm
Cost: Free
Call: 608-263-9485
Web: www.music.wisc.edu
Email: music@music.wisc.edu

When: May 4, 2014 7:30:00 PM in Madison, Wisconsin
Cost: Free

UW Concert Band
Sun, 04 May 2014 14:00:00 +0000

Music: More Music:

When: 05/04/14 @ 2:00pm
Cost: Free
Call: 608-263-9485
Web: www.music.wisc.edu
Email: music@music.wisc.edu

When: May 4, 2014 2:00:00 PM in Madison, Wisconsin
Cost: Free

Moving for Mental Health 5K
Sun, 04 May 2014 10:30:00 +0000

Chrysalis 3rd Annual Moving for Mental Health 5K Run/Walk & 1 Mile Walk

 Recognizing the Importance of Work and Physical Activity on Mental Health

Sunday, May 4, 2014 at Chrysalis, 1342 Dewey Ct.

10:30 a.m. Registration, 11:00 a.m. Race Start

Free Parking On-site

Complimentary Massages

Celebratory Snacks Screen-printed T-Shirts Available by ArtWorking

When: May 4, 2014 10:30:00 AM in Madison, Wisconsin
Cost: $25

Pinterest Party - Happy Cinco de Mayo! Make your Own Maracas Shaker
Sun, 04 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000

May 4, 2014
12:00 PM until 02:00 PM


Who’s ready to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? We’re creating colorful maracas shakers suitable for any fiesta! Bring your creativity and passion for fun - we’ll provide the supplies. 



1 N. Pinckney St.
Madison, WI
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Additional Information

For more information:

Telephone: 608-286-3150
Contact name: Natalie

Website: http://dreambank.amfam.com/stores/dreambank/473

When: May 4, 2014 12:00:00 PM in Madison, Wisconsin

MMI Graduate Showcase Attendee Registration
Tue, 20 May 2014 11:00:00 +0000


Mark your calendars – don’t miss it!  Madison Media Institute will be holding their Winter 2014 Graduate Showcase!  Come, view and listen to the work our graduates can do in audio, video, 3D game art and animation, marketing entrepreneaurship, graphic design, web design and electronic/audio vidual installation and design.  Talk to our students and hear their stories and their dreams.  See the creativity and innovation in motion.  Listen to what they can do.  Refreshments will be served. 


What:             Winter, 2014 MMI Graduate Showcase


Where:           Madison Media Institute

                        7358 Dairy Dr.


When:            Tuesday, May 20, 2014

                        11am to 2pm

When: May 20, 2014 11:00:00 AM to May 20, 2014 4:00:00 PMin Madison, Wisconsin
Cost: 0.00 false MMI Graduate Showcase Registration 0.00