Jon Pratt
biography :: conference marerials
“Quicksilver”: A Case Study from Innovative Venture Research (IVR) at Louisiana Tech
In 2003, Louisiana Tech received NSF Partnerships for Innovation funding to offer the course Innovative Venture Research. In IVR, multidisciplinary teams of graduate and undergraduate students consider the feasibility of commercializing a particular intellectual property developed at the university, and gather data useful to university staff in planning for its future. One such IVR team was assigned the patented search engine and automatic Web site classification software codenamed Quicksilver to consider for commercialization. challenge for this IVR team was to identify an approach to commercialization that was viable within a highly competitive and fast changing industry. This paper chronicles the Quicksilver IVR team’s research, conclusions, and subsequent developments which have resulted in the formation of a new start-up in the region by some of the team members.