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Penn Wharton Commercialization Workshop 2019

May 02, 2019

Thursday, May 2 | 8:30 AM - Saturday, May 4 | 2:00 PM EDT

For the fourth year, the Wharton School has partnered with the Office of the Vice Provost for Research to create a unique learning experience for faculty, scientists, and clinicians interested in commercializing their work at Penn and launching a new venture. This program is based on some of the most successful teaching offerings on innovation and entrepreneurship around campus.

In this three-day program, you’ll learn techniques to develop your ideas for commercialization and learn the key ingredients for a successful venture. Participants will walk through the process of creating a great business opportunity, learn how to evaluate the opportunity, and undertake the first steps of execution. View sample session descriptions here (PDF).

This program is designed for faculty, scientists, clinicians, and post-docs who want to commercialize their research. Participants who complete the program will be recognized as Mack Technology Fellows.



Thursday, May 2 Friday, May 3 Saturday, May 4
8:30–9:00 a.m. Introduction: Innovation as a Process
Christian Terwiesch
Breakfast Breakfast
9:00–10:30 a.m. Fundraising and Financing Strategies
Luke Taylor
Opportunity Recognition and Evaluation
Tyler Wry
Disruptive Innovation
Christian Terwiesch
10:30-10:45 a.m. Break Break Break
10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Needfinding
Sarah Rottenberg
Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship
Robert Borghese
Communicating the Venture
Ethan Mollick
12:15–1:15 p.m. Lunch Lunch Networking Lunch and Conclusion to Program at 2 p.m.
1:15–2:45 p.m. Developing & Designing the Business Model
David Hsu
Entrepreneurship in an Academic Environment
Nalaka Gooneratne
2:45-3:00 p.m. Break Break
3:00–4:30 p.m. Accessing Innovation Resources at Penn
Mack Institute, Penn Health-Tech, Pennovation
Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship Part 2
Robert Borghese



  • Date: Thursday, May 2 - Saturday, May 4
  • Time: 8:30 AM EDT

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