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Building a Powerful, Engaged Network of Commercialization Partners: Spotlight on Tech Launch Arizona

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Originally presented: April 26, 2017

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Tech Launch ArizonaThe adage “it takes a village” rings especially true when moving your university IP through the commercialization pipeline to create companies or garner the attention of corporate licensees. Among the world’s top tech transfer programs, one best practice stands out as universal among the elite: They put a tremendous effort into engaging community service providers, industry experts, alumni, local investors, entrepreneurs, attorneys and business drivers to assist in a broad range of critical challenges: finding CEO-level talent, assessing inventions, bringing in early-stage funding, assisting with business plans and legal issues, and building out the innovation ecosystem.

Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division has partnered with Tech Launch Arizona, a standout program that manages a 1,400+ member expert network of commercialization partners, to lead this important webinar:

Building a Powerful, Engaged Network of Commercialization Partners: Spotlight on Tech Launch Arizona

TLA’s Commercialization Partners play a vital role in ensuring that discoveries are developed into start-ups, products and services that support regional economic development. By matching the talents of UA researchers with the experience of business professionals, domain experts, entrepreneurs and investors, TLA’s IP creates more real value for the university, but more importantly for the region and the world.

Join Eric Smith, Commercialization Network Manager with Tech Launch Arizona, for this critical and detailed program that will discuss:

  • How TLA uses its expert network
  • Building a network
    • Utilizing university resources to access alumni
    • Creating momentum to engage champions for your school
      • Network members recruiting network members
      • Community outreach
    • Targeted growth
      • How targeting specific audiences, and how to adjust your messaging and outreach for each one
      •  Ecosystem approach: big technology businesses, ESOs (entrepreneurial service organizations), prolific leaders, civic community
  • Using the network
    • Impacts on technology transfer
      • NSF I-Corps Mentors
      • Leadership teams to marry with inventors
    • When a need arises, how to drill down to find the right person in your network
  • Meaningful communication with your network
  • Bringing it all together
    • Summary: search, organize, communicate, put to work
    • TLA’s success: A look at the numbers
    • Number of connections, engagements, and advising teams
    • Number of placements within start-ups and mentors for TLA’s I-Corps program

PLUS: Hear the recording of the original live Q&A!

Meet Your Program Leader:

Eric Smith Eric Smith
Commercialization Network Manager
Tech Launch Arizona
The University of Arizona

As Commercialization Network Manager, Eric Smith focuses on building and leveraging TLA’s network of domain experts and business drivers who consult on university technologies to help reveal their commercial relevance as they are prepared for the market. As a successful entrepreneur who built and sold a start-up, Eric took his knowledge to industry as the Business Development Manager for Aztera, a technology development and engineering company in Tucson. In 2013, he was selected as the ambassador for a partnership between Aztera, the City of Tucson, and Tech Launch Arizona. Eric’s role was to represent the city in commercialization efforts at the UA. Eric stays active in the community as the Board President of the Tucson Manufacturing Group, a long-time member of the Idea Funding Committee, a member of the Eller College Associates, a member of the Tucson Metro Chamber’s Emerging Leaders Council, and an Arizona Advisory Member for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.

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