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KU start-up school gains popularity among students

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas is committed to building healthy communities by fostering innovation and economic prosperity. Startup School‌@KU, a cooperative initiative between the KU Schools of Business and Engineering and KU Innovation and Collaboration (KUIC), is a program developed for aspiring faculty, staff and student entrepreneurs who want to learn how to start a company.

Startup School‌@KU consists of seven two-hour sessions, where participants will learn to identify how to generate new ideas, validate the market appeal of created technologies and operate a new business, as well as other successful startup fundamentals. Participants will learn the key components of a successful startup and have the opportunity to work with mentors from the Kansas City region. Sessions will take place at the KU School of Business Capitol Federal Hall on the Lawrence campus from 6-8 p.m. on Sept. 28; Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26; and Nov. 2 and 9. Dinner will be provided.

Interested KU faculty, staff and students can register for Startup School‌@KU on the KUIC website. Registration is free.

“The goal of Startup School‌@KU is to empower future and current KU entrepreneurs,” said Julie Nagel, president of KUIC and associate vice chancellor for innovation & entrepreneurship. “This is an opportunity for students and faculty to move their ideas forward learning what it takes to start a company and foster viable business ventures in Kansas.”

Graduates of Startup School‌@KU are eligible for competitively awarded Proof of Concept (POC) funding and the Swift Startup License program. Like Startup School‌@KU, the Swift Startup License, with its generous licensing terms, demonstrates the support KUIC provides to researchers to help them explore the commercial application of their research. For more information on KUIC’s entrepreneurship programs, contact Julie Nagel.

The University of Kansas is a major comprehensive research and teaching university. The university's mission is to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world. The KU News Service is the central public relations office for the Lawrence campus.

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