NIC Venture Center begins Sept. 15
Innovation, technology commercialization and entrepreneurship will be the focus of the North Idaho College Venture Center Commercialization Academy, a new eight-week course that will start Sept. 15.
NIC Venture Center Program manager Lee Groeschl will lead the course, which will feature professional content, networking and educational presentations from regional entrepreneurs or business professionals.
"Entrepreneurship allows people to unlock new opportunities in life,” Groeschl said. “Entrepreneurial skills can be taught or acquired through life and professional experiences. Our team at the North Idaho College Venture Center wants to help facilitate this entrepreneurial education opportunity to all who attend or connect with us."
Classes will be offered online Tuesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. They'll provide an overview of innovation and commercialization, technology presentations and will cover technology transfer policies, intellectual property, venture team building, technology licensing/optioning, venture funding, venture development and sustainable growth.
Groeschl previously served as the economic development administration center consultant for the University of Minnesota and in several roles focused on new technology venture development across the U.S. He serves as chief operating officer for Virtual Systems Engineering. Other instructors include technology directors from Washington State University and the University of Idaho.
The course cost is $50 for all eight sessions. Scholarships are available.
— Devin Weeks