By Eric Swedlund
The 10th annual University of Arizona’s Innovation Day on March 28 is a milestone celebrating the intersection of innovation and entrepreneurship. Displaying some of the best ideas generated in university labs and classrooms, Innovation Day honors outstanding faculty and student innovators and entrepreneurs, showcases cutting-edge research and offers students a trade-show environment to pitch their own ideas. “Innovation Day has helped create a culture of entrepreneurship at the University of Arizona,” said Bruce A. Wright, UA Associate VP for University Research Parks. “It provides early stage student and faculty entrepreneurs with role models and incentives to continue their efforts.” Innovation Day is an excellent opportunity for businesses, entrepreneurs, policy makers and community members to learn how the university’s top minds are driving innovation into the marketplace, Wright said. The daylong event includes several sessions:
• UA at the Leading Edge, featuring short video clips of research advances
Technology Innovation Awards luncheon, honoring top faculty and student achievements
Innovation Showcase, a trade-show-environment opportunity for student companies from the McGuire Entrepreneurship program, plus start-up companies from the Arizona Center for Innovation, to make their pitches. Select companies receive awards.
The Innovation Day awards spotlight achievements in taking original ideas from the laboratory to the marketplace. The Technology Innovation Awards honor up to two university researchers each year whose research findings have been commercialized. Winners receive a $10,000 grant to spur further research. One Student Innovation Award is presented, which includes a $1,000 scholarship. UA at the Leading Edge awards – up to five – go to UA faculty or research projects that show potential for commercial applications. “Since its inauguration in 2004, Innovation Day has grown in size and stature to become one of Tucson’s signature community events,” Wright said. “Attended by hundreds of University and community members, this event is a highly visible celebration of successful commercialization of UA technologies.” Biz
10th Annual UA Innovation Day Thursday, March 28 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Student Union Memorial Center
Event fee (includes entry to all events, lunch & garage parking) Community members – $40 UA faculty and staff – $30 UA students – $20 Details at www.innovation.arizona.edu Spring 2013 > > > BizTucson 85
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