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2018-19 Kansas City Region Technology Entrepreneurship Certificate
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The Bio-Medical/Healthcare Technology Entrepreneurship Certificate Program is designed to provide a solid grounding in process of translating bio-medical and healthcare innovations into entrepreneurial ventures that can expeditiously bring the benefits of such innovations to society. It is designed to provide such education to clinical and other researchers whether or not they are currently working on a project with the intention of forming a company or otherwise commercializing their innovation. The Program curriculum has been designed with input from researchers, entrepreneurs, and entrepreneurship educators. It is structured to deliver to enrollees both (i) detailed examinations of key components of the entrepreneurial process through instruction and interactive discussion with experienced educators (ii) the perspectives of bio-med/healthcare entrepreneurs and opportunities to engage with them in discussions of the lessons they have learned through their endeavors.

This Program differs from initiatives that require that researchers enter the initiative with a refined innovation/prototype and seek help in developing a business model, business plan and/or financing plan specific to that project. This Program is meant to help researchers recognize the potential to get their innovations to society by engaging directly or indirectly in the startup venture process, and prepare them for the realities of such process to help them decide, as they develop innovations, whether to engage with that process actively.

Overview of Program Structure:
The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) is offering this Program. The Program consists of eight (8) two-hour workshop modules and seven (7) one-hour videos. The videos relate to Modules 1 through 7 in the Program. Enrollees in the Program must review the video for each of those Modules in advance of the Module workshop and be prepared to discuss material from the video at the workshop. Module 8 involves presentations by Participants to a panel of evaluators (consisting of some of the Program instructors and one or more entrepreneurs or entrepreneurship facilitators) who will provide evaluation and feedback. The content and scheduling of each of the eight Modules are described below.

The first seven workshops will be interactive sessions among the Participants, qualified instructors on subjects of technology entrepreneurship and commercialization, and experienced bio-medical/healthcare innovators and entrepreneurs. Module 8 will involve approximately 15-minute presentations of a final deliverable by the Participants in the Program; Participants will be given the opportunity to do a dry run of their presentation with a mentor in advance of their presentation to the evaluators. The Program will coordinate with each Participant to set the date of their final deliverable presentation, which will be in April or May 2019 (currently the dates of April 25, May 9 and May 23 are being held for this purpose).
The in-person components of Modules 1 through 7 will be held from 9:00-11:00AM on one Thursday per month from August 30, 2018 through March 21, 2019. Enrollment is open to bio-med/health care researchers/professionals, up to a maximum enrollment of 20 Participants.

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