Commercialization and entrepreneurship workshop - 2016

Date and time:July 14-15, 2016, 8:00-4:00

Location: QNC 1201, Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre, University of Waterloo

Please contact Chin Lee to register. The registration deadline is June 15, 2016.


‘Commercialization’ is the ability to develop a product or service that adds sufficient value to a group of purchasers, and is sufficient to create a sustainable business.  An ‘Entrepreneur’ works out how to develop the product or service by determining the resources required, securing the resources and executing on the delivery of the product or service to the marketplace.  This may be accomplished through licensing the technology or by creating a business.

This workshop will build on the Intellectual Property Workshop by grounding understanding in the valuable (patentable) ideas discussed in the previous workshop. Students will be expected to bring in their Draft Patent Claim Handout from Day 2 of the Intellectual Property Workshop.

Intended Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand what is involved in commercializing a technology
  • Understand time to market and garnering the resources to make it happen
  • Define the role and characteristics of an entrepreneur
  • Indicate key issues to consider in both an academic and commercial context
  • Generate an understanding of how ideas are created through entrepreneurship and supported by commercialization