October 2009

Student engagement key to reinventing business education - from Nextbillion.net

In a story about reimagining business education, nextbillion.net's Francisco Noguera descibes how business education has to evolve 'if it is to keep up with growing demand from prospective students who are in the business of shaping the world, not fitting into it as it is.' He goes on to cite NCIIA's Sustainable Vision grants and Venture Well investment programs as providing for student-led education and innovation. Take a look...

Kathleen Allen

Kathleen Allen is the author of more than fifteen books in the field of entrepreneurship and technology commercialization. As a professor of entrepreneurship and the Director of the University of Southern California Marshall Center for Technology Commercialization, which she co-founded, Allen has worked with scientists and engineers to help them identify markets and applications for their technologies and to prepare them to seek funding. Her personal entrepreneurial endeavors include four successful companies in real estate and technology and work in the space industry. She is co-founder and CEO of N2TEC Institute, a non-profit organization focused on technology entrepreneurship in rural America. She is also director of a NYSE company. Allen holds a PhD with a focus in entrepreneurship from USC, an MBA, and an MA in Romance languages. She also has a degree in music.

Kathleen Allen has applied for and been awarded 1 grant

  • Undergraduate Technology Scholars

    Began July, 2003 and ended July, 2005

    The Greif Entrepreneurship Center of the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California and the School of Engineering submit this proposal for an E-Team Course and Development Grant. We are requesting a $38,000 grant to cover two years of development of the Undergraduate Technology Scholars E-Team Program that will put select undergraduates on technology commercialization teams with graduate student mentors and scientists and engineers. Through this program, undergraduates will have the opportunity to experience the commercialization process and potentially become part of a start-up venture. The courses that will be used as the proving ground for the Undergraduate Technology Scholars E-Team Program in the first year of the grant are the undergraduate course in Cases in Feasibility Analysis (BAEP 452) and the graduate course Technology Feasibility (BAEP 556). Undergraduate students will register for BAEP 452 but attend the BAEP 556 class with the graduate students to facilitate team building. The content of the course focuses on the feasibility analysis process, which requires the students to do serious research, to think critically about the business concept, to answer the fundamental questions about business viability, and to reach a high level of confidence about their willingness to go forward to actually start a business. We have formed a committed team of industry mentors who make themselves available to the E-Teams throughout the commercialization process. In Phase II of this program, beginning in the fall of 2004, we will add engineering students.

    With the team:

    • Kathleen Allen
    • Matthew Franko Administrator, Contracts and Grants, University of Southern California

Amy Banzaert

Amy Banzaert is a PhD candidate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research is focused on the development of a simple cooking fuel made from plant waste that can be used instead of charcoal and wood in resource-limited regions. Her interests include hands-on and service learning, design and manufacturing, environmental issues, appropriate technology, teaching, being outside, and her toddler.

Michael Lehman

Michael Lehman serves as Director of PantherlabWorks and Student Services at the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence. He received a BS from Juniata College (Huntingdon, PA), an MD from the Penn State College of Medicine (Hershey, PA) and an MBA from the Leeds University Business School (Leeds, England). His work experience includes the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Johnson and Johnson's orthopedic company, DePuy International. Lehman was the founding lead administrator of the Juniata College Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.

Jon Down

Jon Down is Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Portland, where he is currently leading an effort to develop a graduate-level program aimed at commercializing medical school research. This initiative leverages his teaching and research interests that blend strategy, finance, and entrepreneurship in technology environments. Other recent projects include a study of the venture funding environment in Oregon; an examination of how firms achieve the right balance of strategic flexibility in their planning systems; and a comprehensive look at the effectiveness of university commercialization of technology efforts. Prior to joining UP, Down was founding Director of the Austin Entrepreneurship Program at Oregon State University. His PhD is in Strategic Management from the University of Washington. He also has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Past management roles include stints at Westinghouse Electric Company, Precision Castparts Corporation, and early stage companies.

Dan O'Neill

Dan O'Neill is Director of Entrepreneurial and Research Initiatives and Entrepreneurial Coach for the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit at Arizona State University's (ASU) Office of Research and Economic Affairs. Mr. O'Neill has taught, coached, mentored or advised hundreds of early-stage innovators and entrepreneurs from around the globe. Prior to ASU, Mr. O'Neill co-founded and ran Hologix, an enterprise software company backed by $25 million in venture capital. Mr. O'Neill began his career as a Marketing Representative for IBM in 1980 after graduating from ASU with degree in Math and Computer Science. Mr. O'Neill is past President of the Board of Trustees of Childsplay, Arizona's professional theatre for young audiences, which recently completed an $8 million capital campaign. Mr. O'Neill is working toward a PhD in ASU's ground-breaking School of Sustainability, where his focus is applying sustainability frameworks to innovation, entrepreneurship and community development.

Start here: A new biomedical engineering competition for undergraduates!

Since 2004, NCIIA has spurred innovation in biomedical engineering by organizing (with our sponsors) the BMEidea competition for university student teams.

This fall, NCIIA will launch a new BME competition for undergraduate student teams. BMEStart recognizes undergraduate excellence in biomedical innovation. Student teams will be invited to demonstrate innovations that address a medical clinical need with a clearly defined solution that can be taken to application. $10,000 is at stake for the winning team!

Applications will be accepted from November 1, 2009. Check back for updates!

Investors Circle Fall Conference

Investors’ Circle is the premier meeting place for social entrepreneurs, investors, business professionals, foundations, non-profits, and those passionate about creating a sustainable economy. The Investor's Circle fall conference is coming up - more details here.

The Breast Examination Simulator: A Training and Assessment Tool for Patrients and Physicians

Stanford University, 2001 - $16,700

Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer among women in the US and the leading cause of cancer deaths for women. The National Cancer Institute estimates that one in eight American women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Early detection leads to early treatment and improved patient outcome. Breast Self-Exams (BSE) aid early discovery of the disease, but only 29% of women regularly conduct the exam. Part of the reason for this low percentage is that health care providers do not have a standardized method for teaching breast examination skills.

In response to this lack of uniformity, the Brest Examination Simulator E-Team developed training tools to simulate breast exams and teach the proper procedure. The team created computerized, strap-on breast models for teaching patients how to perform breast self-exams and plated breast models for teaching medical students, residents, nursing students, and physician assistants to perform clinical exams. Each model simulates various conditions, including normal and pathologic. Both models contain electronic sensors to communicate users' movements to a computer screen as they examine the models. The computer data provides individualized performance evaluations and helps define the quantitative and qualitative characteristics of an adequate clinical exam, thereby standardizing the method. Model development is based on the E-pelvis simulator, which one of the E-Team members designed.

The E-Team consisted of a business graduate student and two research associates, one with the Stanford University Medical Media and Information Technology Department and the other with the Department of Surgery. They worked with the owner of a hardware and software development company, a professor from the School of Medicine, and the president of Mentice Medical Stimulation AB, a simulator company.

Matrix NMR

Purdue University, 2001 - $16,000

Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) is an analytical tool for analyzing the molecular structure of a sample, including chemicals such as drugs, peptides, aromatic molecules, pesticides, food additives, and others. NMR experiments analyze complex samples such as blood and urine and help determine chemical information. NMR sets the standard for the analysis of new chemicals because it obtains different information from each atom in a sample with a nucleus-specific system. Though useful, slow speeds and high costs make NMR not commercially viable for some industries.

To remedy these problems, this E-Team from Purdue, comprised of three analytical chemistry Ph.D. candidates and a graduate researcher in the Technology Transfer Initiative, aimed to offer customers an improved NMR probe that significantly reduces the cost and time needed to perform NMR analysis. Instead of testing each sample serially, this team's technology tested them simultaneously. In addition, the technology required a smaller sample size.