TCWS 2020

FROM IDEA TO REALITY!

TCWS 2020
As the Center of Excellence in Life Sciences & Technology, Duquesne University SBDC is excited to offer 6 webinars this fall in technology commercialization to help startups get to the next level whether it is an idea validation or a new funding round.

Join us this fall and bring your idea to life!   
                                                              

A-How to Design a Winning Business Model
Starting right from the get-go is key in launching a successful technology venture. As traditional business model approaches are no longer sustainable and profitable, many new technology companies are looking to become innovative, while remaining agile. However, every business has unique needs.

This webinar will guide you in developing your roadmap, business model, and commercialization plan. We will help you to ask the right questions, identify the right partners, and provide you the information you need to succeed!

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Speaker: Michele Migliuolo, Executive Director, Center for Excellence in Entrepreneurship, Duquesne University
B-Product Development Strategies
After you have a better understanding of different business model concepts and monetization strategies, the next step is to develop a product whether it is software or hardware. A minimum viable product (MVP) is good enough to solve the core problem and simple enough to develop. To develop an MVP, a lean process, understanding of a product life cycle and cost exploration and optimization is necessary.

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Speaker: Michele Migliuolo, Executive Director, Center for Excellence in Entrepreneurship, Duquesne University
C-Effectively Protecting Intellectual Assets
Are you interested in learning more about how to protect your intellectual property and the corresponding rights?

The importance grows daily as emerging companies, entrepreneurs, start-ups, and university spin-outs continue to progress early within the life sciences sector of the company. Our discussion will particularly focus on how to determine if a patent application is an appropriate means of protection for the emerging growth company and how to effectively pursue a patent application.

Emerging companies can get straight to work after understanding the steps needed to apply for patents and continue legally pursuing the companies mission! 

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Speaker: Robert Sovesky, Patent Attorney, K&L Gates
D-Fundraising for Your Start-Up
As a startup, no matter how your idea or prototype is good, you need money to survive. According to a research study, 29% of startups fail because they ran out of cash. In order to survive, you need to attract investors whether with early-stage funding or late-stage funding.

Last year marked a record year for investment in Pittsburgh technology companies driven by a $741 million or 397% increase in dollars invested by venture capitalists and a $1.7 billion or 688% increase in dollars invested by corporate investors. But how can you attract capital and fuel your growth? Join us and find out!

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Speaker: Michele Migliuolo, Executive Director, Center for Excellence in Entrepreneurship, Duquesne University
E-Everything You Need to Know About SBIR and STTR
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are both Congressionally-mandated research and development (R&D) funding programs intended to support small businesses focused on bringing innovative technology to the marketplace. These programs fund a variety of startups and small businesses that stimulate technological innovation, meet Federal research and development (R&D) needs and increase commercialization to transition R&D into impact.

Last year in Pennsylvania, 190 projects were awarded a total amount of $87 million. Entrepreneurs who show a path to successful commercial outcomes with their research and development and looking for bringing the innovation to the market, SBIR/STTR grants are a great opportunity.

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Speaker: Rich Longo, Director, Duquesne University SBDC
F-How to Pitch Your Company in 20 Minutes
We talk about storytelling a lot. This is where it comes into play! If you cannot tell your story and get investors’ attention all your hard work goes unnoticed. In this webinar, we will teach you the fundamentals of a perfect pitch!

If you are asking these questions, how many slides I should have? What should be the text/image ratio? How much information should I give? What should be the order of topics? Then go ahead and register!

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Speaker: Michele Migliuolo, Executive Director, Center for Excellence in Entrepreneurship, Duquesne University

*Technology Commercialization Webinar Series offered through the CARES Act Funding, which aims to help small businesses deal with the challenges stemming from business disruption and damage by the current pandemic.