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7-week course in entrepreneurship

Provided by: Emory OTT with the support of the Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Who’s eligible: All Emory employees and students interested in entrepreneurship (as well as other Georgia entrepreneurs)

Held each spring at Emory, the Kauffman FastTrac® TechVenture™ helps faculty who have started – or intend to start – a company.

For six full days, spread out over seven weeks, two Kauffman certified facilitators and 13 guest speakers will guide you through such topics as:

  • Working with the Office of Technology Transfer
  • Exploring entrepreneurship
  • Defining the target market
  • Conducting market research and analysis (during the third week of the course)
  • Testing your business concept
  • Entering and capturing the market
  • Planning for financial success
  • Building and compensating your team
  • Protecting your business and intellectual property
  • Identifying funding and working with investors
  • Managing cash and operating your business
  • Managing conflict of interest (COI)

The Kauffman FastTrac® TechVenture™ course has been conducted nine times since 2012. The next course will start March 2020 at Emory. Applications open late in 2019, and the application cost is just $75.

Visit the OTT website or follow OTT on Twitter to learn when applications will be open.

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Assistance with developing small-molecule drugs

Provided by: Drug Innovation Ventures at Emory (DRIVE)

Who’s eligible: Emory researchers working on small molecule anti-viral or anti-cancer therapies (especially cancers of a viral etiology)

If your early-stage, small-molecule drug to fight viruses or cancer is promising — but you need expertise to develop it with those who have done so before — contact DRIVE.

An independent LLC wholly owned by Emory, DRIVE is an industry experienced team that works with Emory scientists interested in developing their active molecules to a suitable “value inflection point” for:

  • licensure by a company or
  • launching a new start-up.

DRIVE’s counsel covers all aspects of drug development up to Phase 2a, as well as developing an associated market, IP and business strategy.

DRIVE also will license the molecule for development within Emory and work collaboratively with you on drug development and value creation.

Visit the DRIVE website >

Entrepreneurship basics

Provided by: Emory Office of Technology Transfer (OTT)

Who’s eligible: Anyone, anywhere

Since May 2013, Emory OTT has consistently published helpful content in the “Education” section of its blog.

The section features an assortment of information on industry contracting, intellectual property and tech transfer. And it can be searched using keywords.

Emory OTT also provides:

Visit the Education area of Emory OTT’s site >

Program to market-test ideas (Emory Startup Launch)

Provided by: Goizueta Business School

Who’s eligible: Anyone in the Emory community (students, faculty, staff, alumni)

If you and others are launching a company and want to test the market, Emory Startup Launch can help.

Teams that participate get the guidance of professionals to test their ideas with customers. Each team must have one Emory community member, and there is no cost to participate.

The 10-week program is held in the fall.

Teams will:

  • Use a Startup Business Model Canvas to describe, test and refine a business
  • Uncover, refine and confirm buyer/user problems that lead to solutions
  • Learn interview tools that test and refine your assumptions with buyer/users
  • Define and explore your early adopters (buyers/users)
  • Find the buyer/user behavior triggers that signal demand
  • Create, deliver and test micro offers with buyers/users to reveal demand
  • When and how to apply micro innovations to adjust your business model
  • Recognize and utilize useful metrics to show traction in your business model
  • How to discover, define and test key words to amplify buyer/user interaction
  • Create an effective early stage company presentation for Demo Day

More about the accelerator here >

Making first steps toward entrepreneurship

Provided by: Emory Office of Technology Transfer (OTT)

Who’s eligible: All Emory employees and alumni interested in starting a company

“How to Start” is an area of Emory OTT’s website that explores some of the fundamentals of launching a startup. The area has four components:

  1. Seven-day Kauffman FastTrac TechVenture course. Offered once a year, the facilitated course spans seven weeks and touches on a wide range of topics related to planning and starting a company.
  2. Tips on how to recognize a good start-up opportunity. A few are provided, and Emory OTT offers to help with your evaluation.
  3. Conflict of interest determination. A brief write-up on “Obtaining approvals” references that Emory has policies and procedures to follow when starting a company. This area links to procedures for assessing whether your idea or plan faces conflicts of interest.
  4. Developing a business plan. A short section serves as a gateway to other Emory OTT resources on how to develop a plan for your business.

How to Start >

Event series to help bring innovation to market

Provided by: The Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance and Biolocity

Who’s eligible: Who’s eligible: Anyone interested in health innovation and entrepreneurship

Panel discussions, lectures and workshops – led by industry experts and investors – allow aspiring entrepreneurs to learn more about how to turn research into products and companies.

It’s all part of the Bench2Market Talks, and it welcomes entrepreneurs inside and outside of Emory.

Events are held each month, September to June, free of charge. You can attend single events or register to receive the Georgia CTSA Entrepreneurship Certificate (by attending a majority of events in the series).

The series will help you

  • communicate the commercial potential of your research
  • explore market opportunities and
  • learn more about various aspects of commercialization.

Events are free of charge and are open to entrepreneurs in life sciences.

See past and future events >


Topical videos

Provided by: Emory Office of Technology Transfer (OTT)

Who’s eligible: All Emory employees interested in starting a company

The Education area of Emory OTT’s website has a small library of videos:

  • A four-part “Innovator Series” from 2014 provides expert advice on how to “position” your research.
  • Emory’s Patent Group shares insights into protecting intellectual property in four videos recorded 2012 to 2015
  • A 2011 video features a roundtable of entrepreneurs talking about commercializing medical devices.

Visit the video library on Emory OTT’s site >

Early-stage guidance for bringing products to market

Provided by: Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Alliance

Who’s eligible: Emory, Morehouse School of Medicine, GA Tech and UGA researchers interested in turning ideas into products or services

Not sure where to start with taking your idea to market? Georgia CTSA offers 1-to-1 consulting to help you plan your path to commercialization.

The consulting service is Innovation Trailhead, a customized orientation to the landscape of innovation support affiliated with Georgia CTSA.

Innovation Trailhead advisors will:

  • Evaluate the status of your current idea
  • Recommend services and resources in the innovation ecosystem that can help
  • Consult with you on articulating your concept, defining customers and benefits, thinking through design and a number of other topics relevant to launching a business.

Visit the Innovation Trailhead page on GCTSA’s website >>

Medical innovation guidance for residents in medicine

Provided by: Emory University School of Medicine

Who’s eligible: Members of the Residency/Fellows Program in the Emory School of Medicine

If you’re a resident or Fellow in medicine and are interested in medical innovation, this 24-month program can provide crucial advice and guidance.

SOM’s Medical Innovation Residency Track will help you:

  • Learn about validated pathways to medical innovation development
  • Understand the basics of what’s needed to bring an idea to market
  • Acquire a basic understanding of regulatory and reimbursement models that bring innovation to fruition
  • Apply this knowledge to working with a team to develop an innovation project, as well as critically evaluate proposed innovative medical devices and technologies

If you participate, you should plan on at least 4 weeks of elective time (distributed over two years) to complete track requirements. You must also:

  • Maintain good standing with the residency/fellowship program
  • Regularly attend a monthly lecture series
  • Identify a mentor from your clinical department who will work with you throughout the program and attend program events when needed
  • Complete a longitudinal innovation project, sharing work by presenting abstracts or posters at conferences, publishing in academic journals and/or submitting patent applications
  • Share your work to hospital leadership at an annual graduation event
  • Adhere to residency work-hour policies.

Once you complete the track, you’ll be awarded a certificate of distinction in medical innovation from Emory University School of Medicine.

Learn more about the residency track >>