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OTD's 2021 Bench-to-Business Boot Camp

April 12th, 2021 - April 13th, 2021

For Zoom access, apply by April 7

Bench-to-Business Boot Camp.

The Bench-to-Business Boot Camp, hosted by Harvard's Office of Technology Development, is a two-day workshop for Harvard graduate students and postdocs, designed to teach you the skills to recognize and convey the value of scientific and technological innovations to the world of industry, business, and entrepreneurship.

This year's Boot Camp will take place via Zoom on April 12-13, 2021, from 9:00AM to 12:30PM Eastern Time.

For more information and to apply to attend (deadline April 7), visit

Topics will include (subject to change):

What is technology development?

Learn the purpose and history of university technology transfer, with an emphasis on real-world examples

Dissecting market opportunities for new applications

Learn how to identify new applications for a technology and define the market opportunities

Outlining a commercialization strategy

Understand the development steps to transform a novel technology into a commercial product

Intellectual property fundamentals

Build the skills to identify intellectual property, interpret patents, and communicate the value of an innovation

Startup formation

See how your university colleagues have followed their passion for entrepreneurship to advance an innovation developed in the lab

Best practices for connecting with partners

Find out how industry professionals think about business development: in-licensing, corporate partnerships, and the pipeline

Investor diligence: Evaluating the total package

Understand what investors look for when taking a deeper dive into a potential opportunity

Careers in technology development

Hear from fellow researchers who have taken the leap into industry, business, law, technology development, and entrepreneurship

Getting involved: The OTD Business Development Fellowship

Learn about OTD's Fellowship program, an opportunity to apply these skills in a practical setting

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