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Innovator's Edge

Innovator's Edge is a proposed new program series focused on the challenges of moving a research idea from the lab into the marketplace. C-level entrepreneurs from successful startup companies in the technology space will be paired with a representative from the UCI Office of Technology Alliances to present the technology-transfer story. The series will emphasize innovative products new to the marketplace, with preference given to UCI spinoffs. If appropriate, an academic affiliate will join the panel to contribute next-generation research expertise.
 
The target audience will consist of academic members, industry leaders, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists interested in the space in which the startup is doing business. By attending the program, audience members will gain a greater understanding of what it takes to patent, license, finance and launch a new company. The “eureka” moment, along with risks and benefits, will be discussed.
 
The idea for this program series stems from Calit2’s mission to provide a conduit for fast-tracking UC research into the business sector and providing a tangible benefit to the state’s economy. 

In order to start this series, Calit2 is seeking a
gold level sponsor.