Welcome to Techno2012

Do you want to build a high-tech company?

Workshop for Aspiring Technopreneurs

The Institute for Optical Sciences (IOS) at the University of Toronto presents our third annual Techno workshop for aspiring technopreneurs — current and recent science and engineering students interested in creating innovative solutions to today’s pressing problems, and to make these solutions available in society. During the month-long workshop, teams of young scientists and engineers are taught the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and apply these lessons in a hands-on environment to translate their scientific discoveries into products and services. The highly successful inaugural Techno2010 culminated in the formation of 10 new companies and last years Techno2011 created an additional 10.

What & How Will You Learn

This is a hands-on learning environment. The bulk of the time will be devoted to develop the actual business, with access to technical and business mentors and lab space for engineering prototype development. Formal lectures will be interspersed with topical tutorials on related subjects and inspirational guest talks. Workshop topics include IP strategies, product development, financial and human resource management, corporate governance, market potential evaluation, business plan development and presentation skills.

Is this for me?

The intake will be in teams (suggested size 2-4) 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.

Future after the Techno2012

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 that move forward.

Venue: IOS, 60 St. George Street, Suite 331, Toronto, ON, M5S 1A7

Dates: June 18th – July 13th, 2012; Weekdays – all day

The workshop is free of charge, but space is limited. Download the application form on the website below. The application deadline is April 26th, 2012. Selection will be based on team interviews.

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