2016 Kinetic Accelerator Cohort Kicks Off with All-Day Boot Camp

The Kinetic Accelerator, Innovated by Texas Tech assists researchers in commercializing their intellectual property.

WHAT: The 2016 class of the Kinetic Accelerator, Innovated by Texas Tech kicks off with an all-day boot camp for members of the Texas Tech University System community interested in research and intellectual property commercialization and launching an entrepreneurial venture.

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 23)

WHERE: Texas Tech Innovation Hub and Research Park, 3911 4th St., first floor conference rooms

WHO: Students from Texas Tech University, the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and the Texas Tech School of Law applied to the Kinetic Accelerator program and were selected by an independent panel of mentors who will assist them along the way. Some of the mentors, all but one of whom live outside Lubbock, will be present.

Also in attendance will be representatives from the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance; Robert V. Duncan, Texas Tech’s senior vice president for research; and Ryan Davis, business development director for New York City-based founder.org, which invests in young innovators.

EVENT: The event begins with a breakfast and networking sessions. Lisa McDonald, director of the Kinetic Accelerator, will give an introduction to the program and the modules participants will encounter starting at 9:30 a.m., and guest speakers will give presentations of how technology commercialization is vital to advance society and innovate culture. Cameron Smith, a licensed patent attorney and licensing associate in the Office of Research Commercialization, will speak about the patent process and its meaning in a university setting.

We will provide our faculty researchers a road map for commercialization,” McDonald said. “We are teaching the fundamentals of commercialization and the process of launching entrepreneurial ventures.”

Davis will give a presentation at 11:30 a.m., followed by one-on-one meetings with participants with the possibility of a capital investment of up to $100,000.

Media may come and go throughout the event, but the event is closed to the public.

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CONTACT: Lisa McDonald, director, Kinetic Accelerator, Innovated by Texas Tech (806) 834-8592 or lisa.mcdonald@ttu.edu