​If you are creative and have a knack for solving problems, we have a challenge for you:  
Manufacturers large and small have portfolios of discoveries and patents for which …

  • an avenue to commercialization has not been envisioned, or
  • new commercial uses must be envisioned in order for the company to continue to grow; or
  • creative marketing concepts are needed to enter new geographic or demographic markets. 

In this COMMERCIALIZATION Challenge, we invite you—with advice from faculty and industry experts—to conceptualize applications and marketing plans for underperforming IP. (Sometimes a group of innovators—attacking the issue from oblique angles—can discover novel solutions.)  Solutionists with “winning” ideas will be rewarded for their efforts.  We welcome rock star ...

  • Innovators and Entrepreneurs
  • Developers
  • Product Designers
  • Engineers (ME, EE, Bio, Computer, Software)
  • Graphic and Web designers
  • Marketers and Customer researchers
  • Accountants and Finance Majors

Rewards.  $3000 in prize money will be distributed among the teams with winning solutions.

Video of previous Commercialization Challenge:  https://youtu.be/NqnrkLRf5zoi

Companies Offering Challenges

Participation fee, including all meals.  Students no charge; non-students $75.

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/innovation-challenge-weekend-2018-tickets-49671217950?aff=erelexpmlt

Optionally, schools may email a list of attendees (at least 2 days prior to event). 

October 12  -- Friday (9:00a–5:30p)   Breakfast (8:30 am), lunch, dinner provided
Companies answer questions about their challenges
Select a challenge and team to work with
Discuss alternative approaches to solving challenges; triage team concepts
Outline technical or marketing hypotheses to test (in lab or via interviews)

October 13 – Saturday  (9:00a–4:00p)   Breakfast (8:30 am) and lunch provided
Continue working on your challenge
Pitch your recommended solution at 3:00 pm to panel of company reps and judges
Winners of CHALLENGES announced

Intellectual Property Rights.  By participating, attendees acknowledge that challenge sponsors earn the rights to all intellectual property and recommended solutions in consideration of prize money paid.  Companies may award multiple prizes and may, at their discretion, sponsor additional R&D at mutually agreeable terms.
Organized by  CT Consortium of Entrepreneurship Educators, an affiliate of the Entrepreneurship Foundation​​

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