LEARN. CREATE. DELIVER.
You will learn how to evaluate the viability of new innovations, develop a business model for them and communicate effectively with investors, advisers, prospective customers, team recruits and others. It is ideal preparation for developing highly competitive teams in pitch competitions and for early investor discussions.
Bring an idea and team or develop a new one with us. We provide introductions, training, expert coaching and even meals. Our facilitator has taught this program for the National Science Foundation and around the world.
Women and minority participants are especially welcomed with introductions to regional support partners and programs.
Open to all technologies, with a special focus on medical tech innovations.
This weekend combines instruction, applied learning, peer and coach feedback as well as a competition that helps prepare technology entrepreneurs for later meetings with customers, investors, collaborators and other stakeholders in their success.
Over 2,000 participants have worked through this program with our facilitator, Neil Sheridan, as preparation for a company launch or in anticipation of leading in technology innovation. Our participants and sponsors have taken their experiences on to high-profile competitions, securing investment, and receiving commercialization assistance from industry and research university partners. This program has previously been provided by the National Science Foundation to its grantees and their research teams, to a leading research university and its hospital system and other groups.
The program provides a balanced amount of time for group work and coaching. Participants routinely compare it more favorably to startup weekend experiences, highlighting that they receive excellent instruction and a clear path of actionable next steps for future development.
Oakland University's OU INC Technology Accelerator Complex
Day by Day Program Guide
FRIDAY, April 7th
04:30PM Welcome Desk opens / Site tours
05:00 Welcome and Orientation
05:30 Ideation and Building Teams
07:30 Networking Break
08:00 Value, Business Models and Communications
10:00 Wrap-up and Next Day Overview
SATURDAY, April 8th
07:00AM Breakfast bar open
08:00 Guest speaker over breakfast
08:30 Communications Workshop
09:00 Communications Practice - Round 1
10:20 Technology Entrepreneurship Finance Intro
11:30 Improving Communications
12:30 Panel of Active Startup and Growth Companies
01:00 Customers and Markets
03:00 Break-out and Coaching
05:00 Team Status Checks and Open Discussion
05:30 Dinner Break
06:30 Prototyping and Usability
07:00 Communications Practice - Round 2
09:00 Wrap-up, Homework Reminder, Next Day
11:59 Assignments due to firstname.lastname@example.org
SUNDAY, April 9th
07:00AM Breakfast bar open
08:00 Open Mic
08:30 Answering Tough Questions
09:00 Communications Practice - Round 3
11:00 Break-out and Coaching
Noon Working Lunch with Coaches
01:00 Teams finalize canvasses
02:00 Judges begin interviewing teams on canvasses
04:00 Competition begins
06:00 Awards Ceremony and Reception
- Date: Friday, April 16-Sunday, April 9 2017
- Time: 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
- Location: OU INC (Incubator) Oakland University
- 1 Golf View Lane
- Rochester, Mi. 48309
Seats are limited, register yourself or a team now!