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Research To Commercialization: Entre/Intrapreneurship Of High Technology University Research For Creation Of Local Start Up Companies

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.854.1 - 6.854.7



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Ken Vickers

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Session 2793

Research to Commercialization: Entre/Intrapreneurship of High Technology University Research for Creation of Local Start-up Companies

Ken Vickers, John Todd University of Arkansas


A three-course technology commercialization sequence has been initiated at the University of Arkansas under the financial support of the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance ( These courses combine Masters students from business, science, engineering, and law schools into teams in the classroom. The objective of the first class in the sequence (during the spring semester) is to introduce the elements of the evaluation process that is used to decide if a research area is a suitable candidate for commercialization (in either an entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial environment). The students then apply this evaluation process to current on-campus research results, select a suitable commercialization candidate, and work with the technology transfer office and research professor to commercialize the research during the following summer and fall semesters.

The first course in the sequence was initiated in the Spring 2000 semester with mixed results. This paper will introduce the detailed class plan and course materials, an analysis of class concept performance after its first year of operation, and a discussion of changes incorporated into the class for the spring 2001 semester. The reader may examine the on-line course materials at the web site by entering as a guest user and then selecting course MGMT 5383.

I. Introduction

Widely divergent engineering and science societies across the country have convened working groups from industry, government, and academe to examine the education received by technology degree students in our colleges and universities. These groups were convened not because the US educational system was broken, but rather to identify characteristics that would move it to the next performance level for the good of our students, businesses, and communities.

Examination of the sections of the reports of these groups dealing with technology businesses showed many items that were common across many of the studies: • The need for interdisciplinary studies ( • The need for business training of technologists

Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2001, American Society for Engineering Education

Vickers, K., & Todd, J. (2001, June), Research To Commercialization: Entre/Intrapreneurship Of High Technology University Research For Creation Of Local Start Up Companies Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9739

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