Building Businesses Based on Academic Research with Patricia Weber, Ph.D.

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Detailed Evaluation Results for Building Businesses Based on Academic Research

(18 of the 46 faculty that attended completed evaluations.)

In its fifth year, the Faculty Mentor Program (FMP) is sponsored by the Colleges of Arts, Sciences & Education, Engineering & Computing, and Public Health & Social Work, in partnership with the Office of Research and Economic Development.

Results from the workshop evaluations showed that the faculty agreed the session was informative and helpful regarding the available funding opportunities from various agencies for building businesses. Faculty responded that they learned about "funding sources and ways to go from capitalization to the market," "how iCORP, SBIR, & STTR are linked" and that "there is support out there." Suggestions on improvements to the workshop included "providing more information & insight on creating a start-up business" and "how to assemble the business team or how to select the business partners." Many faculty added that it was an excellent seminar and that they appreciated having workshops like this one.

Questions & Responses

The Building Businesses Based on Academic Research workshop lived up to my expectations.
N=18 Mean=4.44 SD=0.92 Range= 1 (strongly disagree)- 5 (strongly agree)

I gained clear and concrete guidelines for assistance with building businesses based on academic research.
N=17 Mean=4.47 SD=0.72 Range= 1 (strongly disagree)- 5 (strongly agree)

I am glad I took the time to participate in this session.
N=18 Mean=4.67 SD=0.59 Range= 1 (strongly disagree)- 5 (strongly agree)

Questions & Answers:

Please give an example of at least one thing you learned from this workshop and will use in the future.

SBIR/STTR/iCORP's programs. I will be researching the iCORP's program further.
That there is support out there.
To take initiative to contact industry for funding.
Support letters from prospective customers are needed for SBIR/STTR proposals.
Various agencies that do SBIR program - I will share information with faculty members.
The possibility of using SBIR/STTR, & iCORP to support the commercialization of academic research outcomes and how they are linked.
Ways to go from capitalization to the market. I had no idea this existed.

Is there anything that could have been improved about this session?

No - it was great!
More programs that could be utilized other than the 3 mentioned.
I felt at times that the information was too general and disorganized.
More insight as to the process of creating a start-up, e.g. how to assemble the business team or how to select tech business partners. - otherwise great!
Lunch needs to have vegetarian options - otherwise excellent!
This workshop could have been much stronger had we all been able to share.
The session was extremely short. it would have been great to take the time to have everyone introduce themselves and share the reason for which they came. I keep thinking my idea doesn't apply and maybe if I could have had the opportunity to share and talk with others, I could have gotten personalized feedback. Especially given that we were such a small group.

General comments about this workshop.

Excellent and opened up my mind! Thanks for organizing such a great seminar!
Excellent workshop.
Great session.
Very specific and small scope workshop on the government programs.
Informative - Initiated good interest among the faculty members.
This was helpful for solidifying my ideas and even thinking about them differently.
We should have more of these workshops.
Very good workshop.