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LSU to Host Start-Up Boot Camp for University Researchers

Series to help faculty realize commercialization potential; sessions begin Oct. 5

10/04/2011 03:02 PM

BATON ROUGE – University researchers are constantly inventing new applications for their research, but the process of taking a scientific discovery from the laboratory and into the marketplace is a long, complicated and expensive road. LSU’s Office of Intellectual Property, Commercialization & Development, or OIP, together with OIPs from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center and the LSU AgCenter, and the Louisiana Business and Technology Center and the Louisiana Emerging Technology Center are hosting an intensive workshop to help faculty who see business opportunities through their research but aren’t quite sure how to get started.


The Start-Up Boot Camp for University Researchers and Inventors will take place every Wednesday from Oct. 5 – Nov. 9, from 8 – 9:30 a.m. in Room 205 of the Louisiana Emerging Technology Center behind the Parker Coliseum on LSU’s Campus. It is a webinar series developed by Technology Transfer Tactics, a company that provides educational resources for university inventors and technology transfer professionals.


“Leveraging discoveries from the lab into commercialization is a new challenge for many researchers,” said Pete Kelleher, vice chancellor of intellectual property. “This boot camp allows LSU and its partners to guide faculty through the process and help them to realize their inventions’ full potential.”


The boot camp is suited for faculty, researchers and graduate students whose work may lead to future inventions, as well as established inventors who are interested in commercializing their current work, prospective entrepreneurs and technology transfer professionals.


Utilizing academic start-up experts from across the country, the boot camp will provide detailed guidance about launching, incubating, building and ultimately monetizing start-up businesses based on university intellectual property.


Sessions will be as follows:

  • Oct. 5: Early Decision Making
  • Oct. 12: Money Matters
  • Oct. 19: Creating a Solid Business Plan
  • Oct. 26: Funding Options and Opportunities
  • Nov. 2: Pitching Techniques
  • Nov. 9: Gauge Economic Impact and Outcomes


The boot camp is free, but registration is required. To reserve a place in the program, contact Shanna Rutland at LSU’s OIP with your name and the session number(s) you would like to attend at

LSU Research Communications