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OTD's 2022 Bench-to-Business Boot Camp

April 21st, 2022 - April 22nd, 2022

For Zoom access, apply by April 17.

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The Bench-to-Business Boot Camp, hosted by Harvard's Office of Technology Development, is a multi-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.

The 2022 Boot Camp will take place via Zoom on April 21-22, 2022, from 9:00AM to 12:15PM Eastern Time both days. This year, we have added an in-person Post-Boot Camp Workshop and Happy Hour on April 26, from 3:00 to 5:30PM, for attendees of the Boot Camp.

For more information and to apply to attend (deadline April 17), visit https://otd.harvard.edu/bbbc. Applicants selected to attend will receive the Zoom link and a detailed agenda the week of the event.


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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