E-Teams as Vehicles for Training Students to Harvest and Commercialize Universities' Research

Oregon State University, 2011 - $34,340

This grant supports the integration of E-Teams into a course in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Oregon State University. Currently, computer science and business students identify market opportunities and write business plans, but rarely follow through to develop products and create start-ups. This grant brings a focus on commercialization by enabling students to develop collaborations that focus on promising IP from several western universities via a networking- and opportunity-seeking process at a week-long annual conference. E-Teams consist of a computer science undergraduate, a business undergraduate, a graduate student (and originator of the commercializable research) and industry mentors. The students’ senior year is spent preparing to pursue a start-up after graduation. This includes creating a prototype, fleshing out a business plan, and competing for investment funding.