Entrepreneurs will learn how to build tech companies from the ground up
(San Antonio) … To help solo entrepreneurs and established companies commercialize new technologies, the UTSA Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurshipand Jackson Walker LLP are partnering to host the Jackson Walker Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28 in the McKinney Humanities Building (MH 2.01.12) on the UTSA Main Campus.
The daylong boot camp will offer participants an intensive crash course on the commercialization and start up of new technology companies. Throughout the day, experts will discuss fundamental technology entrepreneurship topics such as identifying an opportunity; securing start-up funds and organizing your new business; business planning and pitching; protecting your intellectual property; and marketing your innovative idea.
CEO and founder of GenSpera, Craig Dionne, will serve as the boot camp’s keynote speaker. GenSpera aims to quickly move effective cancer drugs to market by identifying promising intellectual property in the laboratory and moving it through Phase I and Phase II clinical trials. Currenty, GenSpera is working with cancer centers at the University of Texas Health Science Center – San Antonio, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Wisconsin to move its lead drug, G-202 through Phase I clinical trials.
The Center for Innovate and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE) is an interdisciplinary center in UTSA’s College of Business and the College of Engineering. The center fosters the growth of entrepreneurs and new technology-based ventures through education, experiences, resources and support.
Registration is free for UTSA students, faculty and staff as well as students and faculty from other institutions of higher education. The cost for the general public is $95 and can be paid by cash or check the day of the event.
To register, visit http://entrepreneur.utsa.edu or call (210) 458-5782.
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8:30-9 a.m. Registration / Continental Breakfast
9-9:30 a.m. Welcome / Identifying Your Opportunity
Cory Hallam, director, UTSA Center for Innovation & Technology Entrepreneurship
9:30-10:15 a.m. How to Legally Structure Your Company and Raise the Cash
Stephanie Chandler, partner, Jackson Walker LLP
George Karutz, partner, Karutz Flavin Wells Investment Bankers
10:15-10:30 a.m. Break
10:30-11:15 a.m. Marketing and the Art of Understanding Your Customer
Debbie Prost, president / founder, It’s 2 Cool Ltd.
11:15-noon Prototypes and Contract Manufacturing Your Product
John Dewey, VP of Operations, ITM, Inc and Former Chairman, San Antonio Manufacturers Association
Noon-12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30-1:15 p.m. Intellectual Property: How to protect your idea and brand
Sean Crandall, associate, Jackson Walker LLP
1:15-2 p.m. Your Fundraising Weapons: Elevator Pitch, Slide Deck and Business Plan
David Clark, director of Enterprise Services, Startech
2-2:15 p.m. Break
2:15-3 p.m. Keynote Address: The Creation GenSpera and New Anti-Cancer Drugs
Craig Dionne, CEO / founder, GenSpera
3-3:30 p.m. Boot Camp Wrap-up
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