Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Invention to Venture event


Contact: Christa Santos

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November 15, 2011

News Release

For Immediate Release



Networking Event Sharpens Entrepreneurial Skills

(Orlando, FL) - The University of Central Florida is pleased to announce that the nationally recognized Invention to Venture (I2V) workshop is coming back to Orlando for the eighth consecutive year. The Invention to Venture program offers students the opportunity to learn essential entrepreneurial thinking skills and network with inventors and entrepreneurs.

The Center for Entrepreneurship (CEI) with the help of the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance brings Invention to Venture to the University of Central Florida. The event is scheduled for Friday, November 18, 2011, from 8:00 am to 4:00pm at the Fairwinds Alumni Center at UCF. I2V is a program of the NCIIA with sponsorship from the Lemelson Foundation and the Kauffman Foundation.

Invention to Venture is designed to help students, faculty and industry leaders tap into the untouched entrepreneurial resources. The Orlando workshop allows attendees to gain information on business formation, networking, service providers, and financing sources. Held at other top universities across the nation, the University of Central Florida is proud to be a part of an event that facilitates entrepreneurial growth in students.

This year's workshop features an elite group of national and statewide business leaders that will share their knowledge and insight with attendees. A complete detailed biography can be found online at http://www.invention2venture.org/ucf2011.

  • Scott Gerber - CEO, Gerber Enterprises
  • Pete McAlindon, Ph.D. - CEO & Director, Blue Orb, Inc.
  • Michael O'Donnell - Executive in Residence, UCF College of Business
  • Ted Murphy - Founder & CEO, Chairman of the Board, IZEA
  • Thomas O'Neal, Ph.D. - Associate Vice President of Research and Commercialization at UCF & Executive Director of the UCF Business Incubation Program (UCFBIP)
  • Gordon Hogan - Director, UCF Business Incubation Program
  • Andrea Wesser - President/CTO, PharmAcute, LLC
  • Al Ducharme, Ph.D. - Assistant Dean, CECS & President/CEO Hoverfly
  • Carol Ann Dykes - Site Manager, UCF Business Incubation - Central Florida Research Park
  • Ace Glenn - Founder & CEO, CourseMob
  • Herb Gingold - Technical Sales Representative, Texas Instruments
  • Scott Wall - RBC Bank
  • Ed Alexander - Founder, Entrepreneurship Law Firm
  • Svetlana Shtrom, Ph.D. - Director, Technology Commercialization
  • Cameron Ford, Ph.D. - Founding Director, Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

According to Cameron Ford, Director of the CEI, "UCF is celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week by offering our annual premier technology entrepreneurship educational event for both the campus and regional business community. Attendees will learn unique insights and skills from both local and national business leaders, that lead to success and high-growth, innovation-based ventures."

I2V connects students with real entrepreneurs and investors to teach them how to create successful business around their technology. Approximately 150-250 aspiring entrepreneurs attend the Orlando workshop each year. Attendees will experience hands-on workshop activities that they can apply to their entrepreneurial ideas immediately. These workshops include topics ranging from opportunity assessment, sales and marketing, intellectual property, and the management team to presenting the business plan and financing your venture.

I2V has been conducted at top colleges and universities such as the University of Maryland, the University of Florida, Illinois Institute of Technology, the University of California San Diego, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and the University of Southern Mississippi.

Invention to Venture will be held at the UCF Fairwinds Alumni Center, located at 4000 Central Florida Blvd, (Bldg 126), Orlando, FL, 32816. Admission is $8 for all students, $15 for UCF Faculty/Staff/Alumni, and $25 for others.

To register please visit http://www.invention2venture.org/ucf2011/register/ or call Brittany McCracken at 407-823-3683 or via email at cei@bus.ucf.edu.

National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA):

The NCIIA (www.nciia.com) works with colleges and universities to create experiential learning programs that are intended to help nurture a new generation of innovators and entrepreneurs who have strong technical and business skills as well as the tools and the ambition to make this world a better place. Invention to Venture workshops are conducted at universities around the country and feature a nationally recognized curriculum delivered by regional speakers from the business community.

UCF Stands For Opportunity:

The University of Central Florida is a metropolitan research university that ranks as the second largest in the nation with more than 58,000 students. UCF's first classes were offered in 1968. The university offers impressive academic and research environments that power the region's economic development. UCF's culture of opportunity is driven by our diversity, Orlando environment, history of entrepreneurship and our youth, relevance and energy. For more information, visit http://today.ucf.edu.

Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CEI):

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) is UCF's hub for educating and empowering the entrepreneurial spirit. The center is an initiative developed by the College of Business Administration. It is designed to be a focal point for those in all disciplines and professions seeking to create value with innovative business ventures. The CEI offers a range of opportunities to cultivate entrepreneurial thinking within every member of the UCF community including courses, competitions, clubs, connections and coaches. For more information, please visit http://www.cei.ucf.edu/.


Christa Santos
CKS Marketing Communications

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