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Reaching Campus and Community with Entrepreneurship Research Workshops


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Identifies the value of workshops that teach entrepreneurial skills to on campus and community groups.

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Reaching Campus and Community with Entrepreneurship Research Workshops

  1. 1. Reaching Campus and Community with Entrepreneurship Research Workshops …………………………………………………..…………………… Sara Butts, Engineering, Patents, & Trademark Librarian Meghann Kuhlmann, Business Librarian Wichita State University Libraries October 12, 2018
  2. 2. 2 Introduction Wichita State University → Innovation University • Strong partnerships with local businesses • Support for technology transfer and intellectual property commercialization • Incubation of start-up businesses • Interdisciplinary programs • “Support economic development across the wider region”
  3. 3. 3 Entrepreneurship Research Series • University Libraries launched the Entrepreneurial Workshop Series in 2016 – 6-11 workshops per semester on intellectual property and market research topics – Guest speakers • Unique Aspects – Specialized research focus – Targeted audience: Students and staff as well as business owners and inventors in the wider community.
  4. 4. 4 Visions and Goals • Increase awareness of PTRC resources among campus and local inventors • Promote use of business resources among students and local business owners • Connect entrepreneurs and inventors with WSU Ventures and other university and community resources
  5. 5. 5 The Planning Process • Ablah Library – Pre-established workshop series – Centrally located on campus with new additions east of library – Creation Space (C-Space) with 3D scan/print, software, etc. – Liaison librarians for each subject area, including STEM subjects • Business Resources • Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) – Originally a Patent and Trademark Depository Library in 1991 – The only PTRC in Kansas, located at WSU’s Ablah Library – Yearly training at U.S. Patent and Trademark Office headquarters
  6. 6. 6 The Planning Process • WSU Ventures (Technology Transfer Office) & Center for Entrepreneurship – Included us in Economic Development grant – Invite us as a resource partner for SBIR events, a panel presentation, new patent wall, etc. – Present in our workshop series as guest speakers – Send us referrals and we reciprocate
  7. 7. 7 The Planning Process Entrepreneurship in Wichita and Region City of Wichita and surrounding region has invested in support for start-up businesses and intellectual property commercialization • Entrepreneurship support organizations • Networking events • Start-up friendly culture and policies
  8. 8. 8 The Workshop Series • Tech transfer creates an opportunity for Engineering and Business librarian partnerships • Intellectual Property (IP) education empowers independent inventors and new entrepreneurs to pursue patent and trademark protection • Market research for new businesses • As a public university, community patrons can take advantage of subscription resources • Promoting business resources for non-curricular uses increases usage stats
  9. 9. 9 Partnerships • Partnering with campus • WSU Ventures & Center for Entrepreneurship • Shocker New Venture Competition • Seniors in Engineering and Business partner for this capstone project in the form of a competition to create a viable company that includes an element of innovation. • Partnering with community organizations • Kansas Small Business Development Center (KSBDC) • Inventors Association of South Central Kansas (IASCK) • Network Kansas • 1 Million Cups • Partnering with USPTO’s Rocky Mountain Regional Office’s Outreach Team
  10. 10. 10 Outreach Targeting two distinct audiences Campus • Focus on Engineering and Business Departments • Patent searching and market research instruction in relevant classes • Start-up programs with a focus on technology transfer and/or commercialization • Shocker New Venture Competition (SNVC) and other student research competitions
  11. 11. 11 Outreach Business/Inventor community • Outreach through entrepreneurship support organizations • All Day Patent Seminar • Encountering Innovation week • Mini Maker Fair • USPTO & PTRC Road Trips • College faculty • Makerspaces • Kids of all ages • Local networking opportunities
  12. 12. 12 New Patent Wall at WSU WSU Ventures GoCreate KSBDC PTRC USPTO
  13. 13. 13 Mini Maker Faire at Exploration Place USPTO PTRC Network KS
  14. 14. 14 Chat with the USPTO at Reverie Roasters USPTO KSBDC PTRC Inventors Entrepreneurs
  15. 15. 15 Challenges and Opportunities Challenges • Creating sustainable marketing and promotion aimed at both internal and external audiences • Limited staff time and budget Opportunities • Partnership creation • Networking opportunities • Connecting with innovators seeking government research and development grants (SBIR & STTR) • Promotion of library resources to new audiences
  16. 16. 16 Conclusion • Created partnerships across campus – making an effort to tear down the silos • Embraced the entrepreneurial spirit of the Wichita community • Reached out to inventors in Wichita and the surrounding communities, including rural areas • Capitalized on institutional goals for innovation • Continued the mission of providing education and outreach on behalf of the library and the USPTO • Leveraging of library resources and staff expertise
  17. 17. 17 Research Guides • Entrepreneurship Research Series (free workshops) • Entrepreneurship Guide • Patents, Trademarks, & Copyright Guide Contact Us!