August 5, 2016
Eli Velasquez, Texas Tech University’s director of venture development within the Office of Research Commercialization, will serve as moderator and panelist for a U.S. Department of State webinar next week focusing on how innovative new companies can carve out their niche.
The TechConnect webinar, “Disruptive Innovations: Making Competition Irrelevant,” is scheduled for 10 a.m. CDT Tuesday (Aug. 9). As part of the State Department’s Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) program, the event will give insight from a panel of experts on how startup companies can create new, uncontested market space for their products instead of entering a market already saturated with competition.
Panelists will discuss their strategies based on research from hundreds of successful startups used to build and sustain lucrative companies.
In addition to Velasquez, the panelists are:
The TechConnect webinars began after President Barack Obama’s June 2009 speech in Cairo in which he stressed the importance of providing opportunities for education, innovation and economic development for people, young and old, in developing and war-torn countries. The State Department created the quarterly webinars as a means of disseminating knowledge across the world.
“For me, it is a privilege to represent Texas Tech on a global stage and share knowledge and insights from what some would consider a geographically isolated community,” Velasquez said. “Yet, through the power of technology, we can reach the furthest corners of the world. Our university’s motto could never be truer: From here, it is possible.”
Velasquez’s selection for the panel is the latest in a series of ongoing efforts at Texas Tech to promote and expand its innovation and technology commercialization opportunities:
View the webinar here.
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