Monday, May 18 at Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall:

8:00-8:30AM: Continental breakfast (Room 218)

8:30-9:00AM: Opening remarks (Room 218)

  • Kauffman Foundation, UMKC and USASBE representatives

9:00AM-Noon: Introduction to Technology Entrepreneurship (Room 218)

      Summary of content:

This workshop provides a general introduction to the core concepts, theoretical frameworks and innovative approaches to teaching technology entrepreneurship. The workshop covers in depth the four foundational considerations necessary for teaching or considering teaching a technology entrepreneurship course: Why Technology Entrepreneurship?; Defining Technology Entrepreneurship; Teaching Technology Entrepreneurship; and Examples of Pedagogy, Programs and Course Design. The session will include, among many other components, (i) a critical look at the compelling trends in academia, such as pedagogical innovation, the “entrepreneurial university,” experiential learning linked to institutional outcomes, and merging business and engineering principles, and (ii) a review example courses, with interactive peer-to peer discussions among attendees of the strengths and weaknesses of each course, and sharing of  recommendations for how to improve the course offerings for enhanced learning outcomes.


  •  Michael Camp,  The Ohio State University
  • Nathalie Duval-Couetil, Purdue University 

12:15-1:45PM: Lunch (Room 218)

Presentation: Experiences of University Faculty Innovators

  •  Dr. Lisa Friis, University of Kansas
  •  Dr. John Spertus, UMKC

2:00-5:00PM: Two Workshops in Breakout Sessions:                                 

     Opportunity Design (Room 211)

     Summary of content:

This workshop on the design of entrepreneurial opportunities boosts the work of engineers, managers, educators, and others who seek to foster impactful change through science and/or technology-based entrepreneurial activities. You will be introduced to a practical framework for deliberate Opportunity Design that serves as a basis for the work, explains how the sometimes-disparate perspectives in the area fit and work together as a process of searching for maximum value, and provides insight and direction to those of us who use science, technology, and/or engineering to drive innovation. We will engage topic areas such as strategic ideation, value innovation, and opportunity design. You will be provided with opportunities to gain experience with specific practical tools and approaches such as idea modeling, business modeling, customer development, customer deep-diving, and first-step approaches (such as, but not only, the so-called minimum viable product approach). We’ll consider a landscape of key mindsets and ways of thinking and practice, characterized at either end by “science thinking” and by “design thinking”. We’ll look at the roles of common and well-known approaches on this landscape, such as tech transfer, the lean startup, engineering, design, startup entrepreneurship, and intrapreneurship – to name a few. We’ll consider how to combine and make room for such approaches to co-exist and flourish in a transdisciplinary classroom, boardroom, or lab, and you’ll gain tools to help prepare your colleagues, teams and culture for successful technology entrepreneurship.


  • Alex Bruton, Mount Royal University

 Special Considerations in Commercializing Biomedical Innovations (Room 213)

   Summary of Content:

Simply put, this workshop is about the business of biomedical science.  Traditionally, academic biomedical scientists view their professional roles as involving research, publication, grant seeking (and hopefully support), and teaching.  They may well have a desire to see the fruits of their research applied in a clinical setting to help people, but they might also think that the transition from bench to clinic should be left to “someone else.”  In recent years, however, universities have increasingly assumed an institutional purpose of economic development (in addition to teaching, research, and service).  Federal funding rates for basic research have decreased to levels that some academic scientists consider founding companies to support their own research.  Finally, translational research (such as the National Institutes of Health Clinical and Translational Science Awards, CTSAs; and the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps awards, I-CORPS) programs expect measurable attention devoted to entrepreneurial activity by participating faculty members.  This workshop will outline some basic principles of entrepreneurial venture creation (business models, lean startup, competitive analysis, investor expectations, valuation) and will show how those principles have been applied by biomedical scientists who have founded companies.


  • Kelly Shaver, College of Charleston
  • Lisa Friis, University of Kansas
  • John Spertus, UMKC

Tuesday, May 19 at Kauffman Foundation Conference Center:

8:00-8:30AM:  Continental breakfast (Troost Room)

8:30- 11:45AM:      Intellectual Property Strategies (Troost Room)

        Summary of content:

Working with a hypothetical case study this workshop will address the identification, protection and use of various kinds of intellectual property (IP) and related planning issues and strategies. Subjects to be covered through a combination of presentations and interactive discussions with attendees will include: the importance of anticipating the creation of IP and taking steps to confirm who owns it and who can use it (including assigned, retained, exclusive and non-exclusive use rights); the need to avoid disclosures which could preclude or limit the ability to obtain protection of IP; considerations and cost/benefit analyses in developing strategic  plans to protect IP, establish rights in it, and enforce such rights (in U.S. and internationally), considered in the context of the overall business plan for a venture; avoidance of infringement of the IP rights of others; and key aspects of negotiating license agreements (from both the licensor and licensee perspectives).


  • Megan Carpenter, Texas A & M University School of Law
  • Jasmine Abdel-khalik, UMKC
  • Andrea Sellers, Stinson Leonard Street LLP
  • Greg Skoch, Hovey & Williams, LLP

11:45AM-1:15 PM:  Lunch (Troost Room)

Presentation: From Whiteboard to Boardroom:  Building a community of resources to ignite entrepreneurship

  •  Maria Meyers, Director, UMKC Innovation Center
  •  Carmen DeHart, Director, UMCK SBTDC
  •  Jeff Shackelford, Director, Digital Sandbox
  •  James Baxendale, Director, Whiteboard 2 Boardroom

1:30-4:30 PM: Two Workshops in Breakout Sessions:

        Opportunity Development I (Brush Creek Room)


This workshop on the development of entrepreneurial opportunities follows from the earlier module on opportunity design and, as such, engages approaches that come later in the entrepreneurial life cycle. It is intended to boost the work of engineers, managers, educators, and others who seek to develop science and/or technology-based entrepreneurial ventures beyond adolescence. We will start by introducing a continuum that has at one end the notions of ideation and Opportunity Design (treated in the earlier module) and spans the notion of Opportunity Development (the subject of this module). It is at this point on the continuum that the entrepreneur seeks to transform early-stage prototypes of the opportunity into an impactful and feasible business concept while enacting it in the form of a new venture – and simultaneously coping with technological and customer uncertainty, the challenges of gaining support from key stakeholders, and the uncertainty of accessing scarce resources. We’ll treat Opportunity Development as a process that includes approaches such as feasibility analysis, customer development, market development, and business model development. As we did in the earlier module, we’ll consider how to combine and make room for such approaches to co-exist and flourish in a transdisciplinary classroom, boardroom, or lab, and you’ll gain tools to help prepare your colleagues, teams and culture for successful technology entrepreneurship.


  • Alex Bruton, Mount Royal University

Special Considerations Re: Faculty and Student Innovators (Troost Room)


This workshop will explore special considerations regarding technology innovations developed by faculty and/or students at academic institutions.  The panel will present material, and engage attendees in discussion of: university intellectual property policies; the manner and degrees to which faculty and students are made aware of their potential rights and obligations under those policies; the risk of unintended partnerships; the roles and responsibilities of technology transfer offices; and trends in how academic institutions are approaching the commercialization of innovations in which thy claim an ownership interest.


  •  Tony Luppino, UMKC
  •  James Brazeal, UMKC
  • Becky Hundley, Wichita State University
  • Rajiv Kulkarni, University of Kansas