The Institute for Optical Sciences (IOS), University of Toronto presents an intensive workshop for aspiring technopreneurs, targeted towards fresh science and engineering graduates, current students and faculty supervisors. The workshop will teach young entrepreneurs to successfully translate their scientific discoveries to commercializable products and services.

The workshop will provide sessions on

  • IP strategies,
  • Product development
  • Financial forecasting and management
  • Human resource management
  • Corporate governance
  • Market potential evaluation
  • Business plan development
  • Presentation skills
  • Topical tutorials on related subjects and inspirational guest talks.

The bulk of the time will be devoted to develop the actual business, with access to technical and business mentors and lab space. The IOS will provide lab space for engineering prototype development.

The intake will be in teams (suggested size 3-4) with complementary skill sets. Students with masters or doctoral degrees in sciences or engineering will be preferred; those with other background such as finance and management can join the tech teams. Students/faculty may bring their own technology ideas and work on them. Alternatively, for those with strong entrepreneurial bent of mind without a clearly identified project, we can help connect with a team or provide possible projects.

At the end of the intensive workshop the teams are expected to be ready with a go forward strategy for tech-based business. The IOS will extend its Business a la Carte services to the teams who move forward.

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More information on the workshop can be found on the programs website.