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U of Dayton launches program to support entrepreneurs in taking university technologies to market

By Jesse Schwartz
Published: October 28th, 2020

The University of Dayton (UD) Office of Technology and Entrepreneurial Partnerships has launched a new program to help aspiring entrepreneurs create start-ups based on UD technologies.

Propel Dayton will focus primarily on supporting UD faculty and staff, but it will also include promising entrepreneurs in the Dayton region who are interested in commercializing technologies developed at the university.

“Innovative tech start-ups are important to economic development,” says Mathew Willenbrink, director of technology and entrepreneurial partnerships at UD. “Much of Dayton’s economy was based on entrepreneurship historically, and our goal is to provide opportunities and resources for local entrepreneurs to build on that legacy and create new businesses from locally grown technologies. It’s good for them and it’s good for the region.” 

Participants will be provided with a variety of resources such as business mentoring and access to entrepreneur networks. The program will help the participants explore commercial opportunities, after which they will enter a pre-accelerator program to prepare for a full start-up launch.

“Successful ventures that started on our very own campus have yielded economic benefits to the founders and community and provided significant educational opportunities for our students,” Willenbrink says. “This program will provide a means for an even greater number of University of Dayton and city of Dayton entrepreneurs to enjoy similar successes.”

Source: University of Dayton News

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