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.


Designed for Student ... 

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


Participation fee, including meals.  Students  $25  (non-students: $75)

Register at  http://bitly.com/MFG99    

October 14 -- Saturday (9:00a–10:00p)  [Breakfast, lunch, dinner provided]

  1. Companies present challenges and answer questions.
  2. Select a challenge and team to work with
  3. Discuss alternative approaches to solving challenges; triage team concepts
  4. Outline technical or marketing hypotheses to test (in lab or via interviews)
  5. Accomplish as much in weekend as possible


October 15 – Sunday  (9:00a–4:00p)  [Breakfast and lunch provided]

  1. Continue working on your challenge
  2. Pitch your recommended solution to panel of company reps and judges
  3. 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.

Website  www.entrepreneurshipfoundation.org/launchweekend.html

Organized by  CT Consortium of Entrepreneurship Educators, an affiliate of the Entrepreneurship FoundationType your paragraph here.

October 14-15, 2017    Housatonic College, Bridgeport CT

Manufacturing Challenge  

Launch Weekends

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