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Ten Businesses Participate in Baylor University's Advanced Invention to Venture Workshop

Dec. 16, 2010

By Becca Broaddus

Ten business teams participated in Baylor University's Advanced Invention to Venture (AI2V) workshop Dec. 7-10 at the Hilton Hotel in Waco. The teams, which participated in the Supercoach Entrepreneurial Training Methodology for validating and communicating their venture, were: PanIdea Global Technology Commercialization, Silicone Solutions, Marathon Norco, Wind Energy Solutions, Fast Free Copy, Light Bohrd, LLC, OsComp Systems, The Optimization Firm, AgriSo Energy Systems and Virtual Private Server In a Box.

AI2V is a highly acclaimed, four-day intensive workshop that provides instruction, exercises, pitching and coaching, complete with real-time feedback from Baylor Faculty coaches and experienced entrepreneurs and investors from the Waco area.

"In the broader sense, this workshop is important to each inventor/team because it is the vehicle through which they are getting access to one of the most efficient commercialization tool-kits available anywhere," director of University Entrepreneurial Initiatives and Curtis Hankamer Chair of Entrepreneurship, Greg Leman said.

Each team delivered a preliminary presentation about their technology commercialization opportunity and got feedback on their pitch from an expert panel during the four-day event. The workshop also worked with each team to develop a path forward for completing the needed work to be ready to take their idea forward.

Six of the teams will work with the Technology Entrepreneurship class (taught by Leman, Cindy Fry, Casey Leaman and David Henry) to complete their venture plans next semester. Those teams are: Silicone Solutions, Marathon Norco, Fast Free Copy, Light Bohrd, LLC, AgriSo Energy Systems and Virtual Private Server In a Box.

"The workshop is very important to the teams who will be in my class because it begins the process of capturing the things they know on paper so we can join them and be of some help," Leman said.

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