An Introduction to Innovation

Lead Faculty: Andrew Nelson, Professor, Lundquist College of Business and Associate Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

This all-day workshop explored how promising ideas can be transformed into widespread innovations. Through a series of engaging mini-lectures and hands-on exercises geared especially towards science PhD students, participants learned:

  • Key innovation and business concepts and vocabulary
  • The difference between “technology push” and “market pull” ideas
  • How to define a “value proposition”
  • The key steps to building a product and a company

Participants developed approaches and learned about additional resources they could use to:

  1. Assess and communicate the commercial value of their research
  2. Evaluate ideas through an applied lens
  3. Enhance the impact of their research

Future Knight Campus innovation/entrepreneurship workshops and seminars will cover topics including intellectual property, raising money, and building a team.