The challenge: Formulate a cohesive and catchy pitch for a business, inspire enough passion in a group of complete strangers to unite them around the idea, concoct a logical business plan, and get experts to buy in — all within a single weekend.
The University of Kansas continues to make entrepreneurship a key initiative, in part with the inaugural Celebration of Innovation: A Startup Showcase, set for 1-5 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Bioscience & Technology Business Center facility on KU’s west campus.
The University of Kansas is one of four finalists in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship category of the upcoming University Economic Development Association Awards of Excellence program. Julie Nagel, interim associate vice chancellor for innovation and collaboration, will make a formal presentation at the annual UEDA Summit, September 27-30 in Anchorage, Alaska. Winners will be chosen by the summit attendees.
The University of Kansas seeks nominations for its third annual James Baxendale Innovation Award. It recognizes a researcher or research group at any KU campus for excellence in entrepreneurship and commercialization.
The University of Kansas ranked 79th in the world last year among universities receiving U.S. utility patents. This marks the first year KU has ranked in the top 100.