December 1998

E3: Education, Empowerment, and Entrepreneurship Awareness

St. John's University - $19500.00

This grant supports the development and implementation of an entrepreneurship curriculum at a large (20,000 enrollment) community college in the Chicago, IL suburbs. The program incorporates elements of existing outreach programs with a focus on technology topics, and brings in hydroponic growing systems as an area of technical and product focus. The college is currently involved in a web-based Mars exploration simulation program. This project is the focus for the development of hydroponic growing and robotics curriculum materials and kits. Students come into the program through courses, speaker forums, an exposition, and competition for innovation prizes. Opportunities for commercialization are provided through a local SBDI grant

Starting an Internet-Based Business

University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus - $2000.00

This project establishes a semester-long course in which students in the Lubin School of Business have the opportunity to conceive, plan, and develop ideas for internet businesses. Teams of students form after taking a business planning course to develop and plan business concepts, analyze and research these concepts, and then implement them in prototype form with the assistance of hired web programmers and external mentors from the local area (Silicon Alley). The objective is to develop and provide marketable concepts that will be developed further as Advanced E-Teams or startup ventures.

The course has access to the resources of the business school, including a mentoring program. Plans are underway to provide internship opportunities for students working on startups, and expand the network of mentors. A short but impressive list of existing members includes the founder and CEO of Quicken and Corcoran.

Biomimetic Hip Prosthesis

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2000 - $5,500

The major limiting factor in the lifetime of total hip prosthesis is wear and its incumbent problems. The current implant lifetime is ten or fifteen years, which is typically insufficient for most active patients, and revision surgeries are often necessary.

This grant supported the development of patent protection and the pursuit of licensing agreements for a novel approach to increasing the durability of artificial replacement hip joints. The team consisted of one student and a broad group of advisors working to develop basic technology sufficient to obtain patent protection and initiate licensing arrangements.

The innovation is a method of mimicking the lubrication capabilities of natural cartilage with a synthetic matrix containing molecules that mimic the weeping and ionic re-uptake of synovial liquid that protects the bearing surfaces.

Mechanical Systems Design

Dartmouth College - $13700.00

This grant supports the incorporation of innovative and entrepreneurship activities into the senior level Mechanical Systems Design course at the University of Rhode Island. The new course format splits the class into groups of four each plus a member from the Business School at URI. Each group works in the fall semester on one of several different, product-orientated design projects. The students are asked to perform a patent search, critique related products, prepare a marketing study, propose a design of this product, and realize their design using a 3-D solid-modeling software. At the end of the fall semester, groups compete for funding for activities in the following spring term that include building prototypes of their design, formulating business plans for commercialization, and applying for patent protection. The new format gives students better understanding and exposure to the entrepreneurial process of the product design and innovation

Imagination and Product Planning, Innovation and Technology

California State University-Fresno - $17850.00

This grant supports a program in entrepreneurship that is offered as a minor to nonbusiness (technical & other) majors at Miami University. The PI previously received a planning grant for the development of this course. The grant supports two classes which, taken together, constitute the core components of a team-based approach to entrepreneurship. The first course focuses on creativity and productive ideation with content provided on teaming, creativity, and related topics. All exercises have a commercial focus. The second course focuses on technological entrepreneurship and provides opportunities for teams to develop around technologically based commercial opportunities. Both courses feature extensive guest lectures and draw on resources beyond the university by including mentors and guest speakers. E-Teams that form in these courses go on to focus on the development of their ideas in a capstone entrepreneurship course already in place.