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  • From Idea to IPO: The Technology Venture Course

    February 5 - April 30, 2013
    The New York Academy of Sciences

    Presented by Science Alliance

      • Registration Closed

    From Idea to IPO is a 12-week course that introduces the fundamentals of technology entrepreneurship. Specifically designed for PhD students, postdocs, and other science professionals, it teaches you how to take the right idea from the laboratory to the marketplace, starting with identifying the commercial opportunity of an idea or invention to gathering the financial resources and talent to start a company. Developed by the Science Alliance program, the course has taught nearly 500 young innovators in the NYC metropolitan area since 2004.

    From Idea to IPO is divided into two modules:

    1. Opportunity Recognition and Evaluation: understanding entrepreneurship and technology innovation ecosystems, going from idea to opportunity, the commercialization process, and entrepreneurial marketing
    2. Pursuit of Opportunity: tech transfer and patent protection, finance and accounting basics, venture financing, legal and accounting issues, building the startup team, and scientist as CEO


    The course will be taught through a combination of lectures, case studies, and team projects. Guest speakers will include entrepreneurs as well as members of the tech transfer, law, accounting, and finance communities. In order to receive a certificate of completion, students must attend 80% of the classes and contribute to a team project that will require giving two short in-class presentations on an "Opportunity Analysis Plan" and an "Opportunity Execution Plan".

    Note that the following textbook will be used throughout the course: "Technology Ventures: From Idea to Enterprise", Byers, Dorf and Nelson. 3rd Ed. It can be purchased online at Amazon or you may look for it in your school/local library.

    From Idea to IPO is being offered by the Science Alliance program of the New York Academy of Sciences. Science Alliance provides career education, development, and training for graduate students and postdocs in the sciences and serves 8,000 young scientists from over forty partner organizations located in the New York metropolitan area, nationally, and around the globe.


    Monica Kerr, PhD

    The New York Academy of Sciences

    Amber Schaub

    The New York Academy of Sciences

    Program Directors

    Melinda Thomas

    Entrepreneur-in-Residence for NYC at NYCTechConnect

    Paul Tumpowsky

    Chair of InSITE


    Jahan Ali, PhD

    New York City Investment Fund

    Laila Kobrossy Audi, PhD

    Blue Highway, Inc.

    Larry Chaityn

    Kaminski Partners

    David Eilers

    Blue Highway, Inc.

    Stephen Goodman

    Pryor Cashman LLP

    Chris Hayter, PhD

    The New York Academy of Sciences

    Arthur Klausner, MBA

    Domain Associates and Pappas Ventures

    Aaron Rabinowitz, JD

    Woodcock Washburn LLP

    Donna See

    Columbia Technology Ventures

    Raphy Soussan, CPA


    Registration Pricing

    Member $600
    Student/Postdoc Member $500
    Nonmember $700
    Nonmember (Student / Postdoc / Resident / Fellow) $550