January 2010

Keynote - Doug Richard: The Entrepreneurs' Revolution


We're very pleased to welcome Doug Richard, founder of the School for Startups, to the NCIIA Annual Conference. Doug is a leading proponent and practitioner of entrepreneurship in the United Kingdom and the U.S. In his keynote address, Doug will discuss entrepreneurship, its importance in the modern economy, and the role of government and universities in catalysing entrepreneurship. Doug will talk about:

Why the public interest is best served by self-interest;
Why the most successful enterprises are all social enterprises;
Why entreprenuers are never born only made;
Why the US must learn to export entrepreneurship not merely to the rest of the world but the rest of the nation;
Why governments can only create playing fields;
Why capital is not what limits the rate of entreprenuership; and
Why universities are our best hope for cultural change.

He's known to many as a TV star - he appeared in the first two series of the Dragon's Den, a show that sees entrepreneurs pitching for investment from some of Britain's top business brains.

Doug brings with him a considerable entrepreneurial pedigree. He's the founder of School for Startups, Chairman and CEO of Trutap, founder and member of the Cambridge Angels, Chairman of the Conservative Party Small Business Task Force, director of Pearl Software and non-executive director of BeatsDigital.

In 2006 Doug was an Honorary Recipient of The Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion. In 2007, he became a fellow of the RSA and in July 2009 was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Essex.

Doug is a successful entrepreneur with 20 years' experience in the development and leadership of technology and software ventures, both in the US and in the UK. Between 1996 and 2000 he was President and CEO of Micrografx, a US publicly quoted software company. Prior to that he also founded and subsequently sold two other companies: Visual Software and ITAL Computers. Doug holds a BA in Psychology from University of California at Berkeley and a Juris Doctor at the school of Law, University of California at Los Angeles.

Nathalie Duval-Couetil

Nathalie Duval-Couetil is the Director of the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program and Associate Director of the Burton D. Morgan Center at Purdue University. She is responsible for the launch and development of the university’s multidisciplinary undergraduate entrepreneurship program, which has involved over 2,000 students from all majors since 2005. As part of the program, she has established entrepreneurship capstone, global entrepreneurship, and women and leadership courses and initiatives. She received her BA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, her MBA from Babson College, and Ph.D. from Purdue. Prior to her work in academia, Dr. Duval-Couetil spent several years in the field of market research and business strategy consulting in Europe and the United States with Booz Allen and Hamilton and Data and Strategies Group.

Best-Selling Author Matt Mason Highlights Event for Boston Student Startups


NCIIA's launching an inside track to sucess for Boston-based student startups.

Best-selling author Matt Mason (The Pirate's Dilemma) headlines the launch of Venture Well East - a workshop series that will help students take their idea or startup to the next level.

First workshop: Invention to Venture. Friday, February 5. Just $10!  Meet Matt Mason, learn from area entrepreneurs, start your roadmap to venture success.  Seats are limited so register today!



Teri Reed-Rhoads

Teri Reed-Rhoads is assistant dean of engineering for undergraduate education, associate professor in the School of Engineering Education, and director of the First-Year Engineering Program at Purdue University. She received her BS in petroleum engineering from the University of Oklahoma and spent seven years in the petroleum industry, during which time she earned her MBA. She subsequently received her PhD in industrial engineering from Arizona State University. Dr. Reed-Rhoads’ teaching interests include statistics, interdisciplinary and introductory engineering, diversity and leadership. Her research interests include statistics education, concept inventory development, assessment/evaluation of learning and programs, recruitment and retention, diversity, and equity. She has received funding from the National Science Foundation, Department of Education, various foundations, and industry. Professor Reed-Rhoads is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education, the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers, and the Institute of Industrial Engineers. She serves as an ABET EAC evaluator for ASEE.

Conference 2010 Dave


March Madness for the Mind Deadline EXTENDED: January 19!

Calling all E-Teams!

Don't forget to submit an application to participate in the 2010 March Madness for the Mind exhibition on Friday, March 26 & 27 at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, CA.

The application deadline is now EXTENDED to January 19, 2010.

NCIIA will cover all expenses for selected teams to attend.

If you team is serious about your innovation, March Madness for the Mind is for you. Learn more here and by listening to this podcast: 


MMM Podcast 1


Venture Well East

STUDENTS! Take your Idea or Startup to the Next Level

Are you an undergraduate or graduate researcher, student inventor or budding entrepreneur? Venture Well East will set you on an inside track, through a series of workshops, that will accelerate your idea or venture towards funding and commercialization.

What's next? 20 teams (see the list) were selected for VentureLab, an intensive program to help tech entrepreneurs hone their market opportunities and map their commercialization paths.

The teams liked it!

So did Mass High Tech and Bostinnovation (links to articles).


Sponsored by: and

Partners: and

Invention to Venture

Thanks for attending on Feb. 5!

More info...

Venture Lab

Part 1: April 9-11
Part 2: April 23-25

More info...

Next Steps


More info...

Microsoft NERD Center
1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA


This event is primarily for university student inventors, and entrepreneurs but a limited number of general admission seats are available.

What will Invention to Venture do for you?

Set you on an inside track that will accelerate you, your idea or venture towards funding and commercialization. You'll go away with:

  • Introductions to local early seed fund investors and industry sector experts
  • Info about how to apply to NCIIA Entrepreneur's Bootcamp
  • Tools and information to successfully apply for NCIIA grants for student startups
  • Meet the people behind the MassChallenge startup competition (and more importantly, they can meet you)

How much?

Students & Faculty $10 All others $50

**Student scholarships are available.** Contact Patricia Boynton, pboynton@nciia.org to inquire.



8 AM   Check in, pre-workshop networking

9 AM   Welcome: who we are and why we're here
Joseph Steig, NCIIA


About MassChallenge: Learn about the latest and greatest startup competition in Massachusetts, with $1M in prizes!

Who are you?
Joseph Steig, NCIIA

9:30 AM   Panel 1: Mission: Commercialization: What do companies look for when seeking technologies or ventures to acquire? Hear from experts in the areas of biomedical devices, green materials, clean energy. Michael Chiu, Founder, Trophos Energy; Mitch Tyson, Advanced Electron Beams; Benjamin Rubin, Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder, Zeo Inc.; David Steinmiller, COO, Claros Diagnostics, Inc.

10:15 AM Pushing the Mental Reset Button
Facilitator: James Barlow, NCIIA

11 AM   Panel 2: In the Black: You've finally gotten your venture up and running--how do you keep it that way? Ask this panel of seed stage investors: Elizabeth Bailey , Commons Capital; Matt Witheiler, Flybridge Capital Partners; David Miller, Clean Energy Venture Group.

11:45 PM   Break to get boxed lunches

12 noon   Keynote Talk: The Virtuous Circle: The Art of Powering Positive Feedback Loops. Matt Mason, Entrepreneur, Strategist, Author of The Pirate's Dilemma, bestselling book on the problems and opportunities created by the rise of piracy and its potential as a business model.

1:00 PM   What's next? NCIIA offerings

NCIIA Bootcamp: Got an idea you'd like to take to the next level? Apply to participate in the NCIIA bootcamp, a fun, hands-on workshop designed to accelerate your thinking and action. You might even make some money! James Barlow, Program Manager for Outreach at NCIIA will give an overview of the event.

NCIIA Grants and Venture Well:
Grants Manager Jennifer Keller Jackson will talk about E-team grants for students up to $20,000; Joseph Steig will talk about Venture Well, NCIIA's investment program.

2:00 PM Adjourn; optional pitching opportunity.


What is Venture Lab anyway?

Venture Lab is a highly experiential and immersive program developed and designed to enhance the success of your business idea. Trying to balance all the things you have to do to get your business not just off the ground, but flying high, can be tough, and early stage entrepreneurs often know they could be doing things more effectively.

At Venture Lab you'll evolve your business strategy, get $500 seed money for your business, and, maybe, qualify for an NCIIA E-Team grant worth up to $20,000.

At Venture Lab you'll have the space to think and explore within a dynamic environment that will help you evolve your business strategy, sales channels and marketing as well as better understand the financial mechanics of your venture, helped by people who have been there and done it.

You'll come out of the program not only with a more competitive action plan, but also with a set of tools that will help you grow your business for years to come.

Please note if you are accepted there is a $100 fee to attend.

View the AGENDA

Apply today! Deadline extended to March 19!