The Entrepreneurial Potential of Postdoctoral Researchers
The Kauffman Foundation welcomed its inaugural class of Entrepreneur Postdoctoral Fellows for its fall program workshop. The weeklong workshop "From Postdoc to Startup" will introduce the 13 selected Fellows to experts who can help them commercialize their innovations and start new firms.
"From Postdoc to Startup” is the first in a series of workshops planned over the next year. This intensive one-year training program is the first of its kind worldwide. Seasoned entrepreneurs, scientists, venture capitalists, and other business leaders will mentor the Fellows and advise them in the commercialization process. In addition, each Fellow will undertake an industry internship suited to his or her research interests and entrepreneurial objectives. Through all these learning experiences, the Fellows will gain first-hand knowledge of the relationship between innovation and entrepreneurship.
"With nearly 50,000 postdoctoral researchers in the United States, these Fellows have already proven that they are extraordinary innovators," said Carl Schramm, Kauffman Foundation president and CEO. "We believe that, with this program, we can empower them to take their discoveries from the lab to the market."