February 25, 2022

Entrepreneurial Learning Academy accepting applications from Purdue faculty

The Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship's Entrepreneurial Learning Academy is accepting applications for its 2022-23 cohort. Purdue faculty interested in commercializing their research and exploring entrepreneurship are encouraged by apply by the May 20 deadline.

The Entrepreneurial Learning Academy is open to tenured and tenure-track faculty, including research and clinical faculty. Previous participants can reapply with a new idea or project. The program meets two hours per week during the fall and spring semesters. Now in its 16th year, the academy has supported 171 faculty, and nearly 33% have started a new venture.

The yearlong professional development program is designed as an introduction to Purdue's entrepreneurial ecosystem and equip participants with knowledge and skills to pursue commercialization of their research, technology or innovation.

Arnold Chen, managing director of the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, said, "Not only will the skills and concepts taught during the academy help faculty decide if they want to start a company, but they can also be applied to strengthening proposal writing and research labs."

Applicants do not need to have a technology or innovation to commercialize, but they must have at least a strong interest in entrepreneurship and commercialization.

To apply, faculty should submit:

  • A condensed, two-page bio or CV.
  • A description of the project or commercialization interest, up to two pages, with the expected impact or outcome following program participation.
  • A letter of support from the department head and associate dean for research.

These materials must be submitted online by May 20. Approximately 10 faculty fellows will be selected to participate. All accepted applicants will be notified by June 1; participation will begin in August.

Georgia Malandraki, associate professor in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, said, "This class has made me a better scientist, a better communicator of my science, a better presenter and writer, a better teacher."

For more information, contact Chen at acchen@purdue.edu.

About the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship

BDMCE is the entrepreneurial hub for students on campus, and its programs and competitions help empower students to bring their ideas to life. The center also encompasses the award-winning Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program, which delivers education to more than 1,800 students across campus each year. For graduate and faculty researchers, the center manages the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program, which uses experiential education to help researchers translate a promising discovery from the laboratory to the marketplace.

Source: Arnold Chen, acchen@purdue.edu  

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