Ohio University receives Deshpande Symposium award for technology commercialization excellence

via The Compass

“The Ohio University Technology Transfer Office received the Deshpande Symposium’s Exemplary Practice in Technology Commercialization Award at a ceremony held this week in Lowell, Mass.

The university’s technology commercialization entry “best exemplified a program that helps accelerate innovations from the laboratory and research into commercialization across an institution,” according to the Deshpande Symposium’s awards committee.

The Deshpande Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education brought together more than 300 university researchers, administrators and students with industry partners and leaders of venture incubators and foundations this week at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center. Participants in the fifth annual event—founded by UMass Lowell and the Deshpande Foundation—shared best practices, successes and challenges in implementing entrepreneurial education and action into all aspects of campus life. Individuals, colleges and universities that are at the vanguard of promoting entrepreneurship were recognized for their accomplishments with awards during the conference.”

The Center for Entrepreneurship encourages any student, graduate or undergraduate, to seek out the assistance of the university tech transfer office on campus, located at the Innovation Center. It is an amazing asset of the university and can greatly assist in the speed of commercialization.




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Local Entrepreneurial Trade Show

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Students from Ohio University’s Introduction to Entrepreneurship class all took place in an on campus trade show this past semester. This event took place in the Bobcat Student Lounge in Baker University Center on April 20 from 2pm to 4pm.

There were a host of student entrepreneurs showcasing their ideas. From Tristen Phipps’ “Sugar Tree Sweets” to the students who showed off “What2Do” a smartphone application. All the students were met by judges who gave valuable feedback and helped to identify key areas of success and improvement for the students. The students were also subject to extra interest from students who circulated through Baker Univeristy Center.

The judges for the event were Faith Knutsen (TechGrowth), John Glazer (TechGrowth), Paul Benedict (Center for Entrepreneurship), Michele Migliuolo (TechGrowth), and Lee Groeschl (TechGrowth). Also, Luke Pittaway (Center for Entrepreneurship) attended the event, and provided feedback to the teams.

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Student team Vaylenx wins $5,000 award at TCU Competition

VayLenx Logo BlackAt the beginning of April Noah Rosenblatt, Morgan Stanley, and Kate Clausen traveled to Texas Christian University to compete in the Values and Ventures Business Plan competition.

Vaylenx is run by CEO Noah Rosenblatt, CFO David Bartizal, COO Morgan Stanely, and CCO Kate Clausen. Their product, CNP-1, is an environmentally friendly, affordable, effective solution to mosquito spread diseases that claim over 1 million lives every year.

At TCU, Vaylenx was recognized with the Founder’s Award which recognizes the most inspirational project with the largest impact. We cannot wait to see what they do in the future. Read the full story here!

Ohio Team to TCU Values and Ventures Competition

Good luck to our team headed to the Texas ChristiaVaylenxn University Values and Ventures business plan competition! The company, Vaylenx, is competing for $25,000 in the competition that’s tag line is “Do well while doing good.”

Vaylenx is presenting their CNP-1 product, a nanoparticle larvicide that kills mosquitoes.

Mosquito spread diseases kill over 1 million people every year, and Vaylenx wants to change that number with their solution. CNP-1 is cheap to produce, long lasting, and environmentally-friendly solution to save lives all over the world.

Wish them luck as they compete this Friday and Saturday!

Innovation Celebration

We are so excited to celebrate all of the innovated people, organizations, and companies in southeast Ohio! This wonderful event is to honor all of the innovative efforts over the last year, and we are very excited to see everyone there. The event is Tuesday, March 29th at 5:30p in Baker Ballroom. Our own director, Dr. Luke Pittaway, as well as some of our outstanding students will be sharing their own experiences with entrepreneurship and innovation. It is sure to be an amazing event.Innovation Celebration Flyer-page-001