More than 140 aspiring inventors, as well as those interested in technological entrepreneurship, attended Invention 2 Venture, a one-day workshop hosted by the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI). Attendees listened to a wide-range of presentations from both industry and academic leaders. Some of the topics included how to become a tech entrepreneur, how to sell your innovations and how to attract investors.
UCF Vice President of Research and Commercialization (ORC) M.J. Soileau, Ph.D., was the keynote speaker and Brandon Lojewski, president of Mesdi Systems, Inc. served as the moderator. Other speakers:
Ed Alexander, founder and attorney of Entrepreneurship Law Firm
Cameron Ford, Ph.D., founding director of the CEI
Ace Glenn, chief executive officer, Better Ways to Study
Gordon Hogan, director of operations, UCF Incubation Program
Qun Huo, president, Nano Discovery, Inc.
Derrick Meer, president of Via Response Technologies
David Odom, principal of Arsenal Venture Partners
Michael O’Donnell, executive in residence, CEI and ORC
Tom O’Neal, Ph.D., associate vice president, ORC
Michael Picard, senior vice president, PNC Business Credit
Svetlana Shtrom, Ph.D., director of technology commercialization, UCF
Andrea Wesser, business development manager, UCF/Orange County Venture Lab
The CEI hosts numerous workshops, speakers and competitions throughout the academic year. View photos from the event.