At their core, university-based innovation ecosystems are comprised of a geographical concentration of entrepreneurs and investors that attract industry and create economic growth. While the main concentration is on faculty-created IP, a growing number of universities are focusing on the untapped and underserved population of student entrepreneurs. While many universities hold student innovation contests that award cash prizes and even offer mentoring programs for the most promising business-minded students, some go further to create an interconnected ecosystem that combines an industrial base with a strong talent pool and a sound physical infrastructure.
One of the leaders in this effort is the USC Stevens Center for Innovation, which has combined educational courses, internship opportunities, innovation events, and legal office hours to create a best-in-class example of a student innovation ecosystem that stretches far beyond the confines of campus.
Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division invites you to take a detailed look at USC Stevens’ student innovation and entrepreneurship programs, so you can adapt their successes and apply their experiences at your university. Please join us for this one-hour case study webinar:
Establishing a Robust Student Innovation Ecosystem: Spotlight on USC Stevens Center for Innovation
With this practical, how-to program, you’ll come away with proven ideas and strategies for building out the student innovation ecosystem on your own campus, and ultimately getting more start-ups launched and more students engaged with your office. Here’s a brief look at the agenda:
- Overview of USC Stevens Center for Innovation mission and functions
- USC Stevens programs and support for student innovation:
- Internships available in licensing, corporate collaborations, and legal
- Best practices for fostering innovation/commercialization of student ideas
- How to provide low-risk consultative legal support for students, faculty, and alumni for non-university owned IP
- How USC Stevens connects to the broader USC innovation ecosystem
- USC Stevens sponsored events
- Incubate USC and Spark SC – student Innovation at USC
- Innovation resources for students at USC
- Educational resources
PLUS! Follow along with the recorded Q&A portion of the program.
Your Program Leader:
Vasiliki Anest, PhD
Senior Director, Corporate Collaborations and Strategic Alliances
USC Stevens Center for Innovation
Dr. Anest is Senior Director of Corporate Collaborations and Strategic Alliances at the USC Stevens Center for Innovation, bringing over 15 years of experience in academic-industrial relations, corporate-sponsored research, global alliance and innovation management. In her role, Anest leads a team that actively engages USC faculty and the private sector in forming corporate research collaborations to increase the pace of innovation and technology commercialization efforts. She is an active member of the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP), the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) and the Licensing Executives Society (LES), and the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals (ASAP).