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The Pre-Seed Workshop (PSW) is a systematic approach designed to take a raw idea from a university lab or other source and investigate its marketplace viability and potential as the foundation of a startup business using a preliminary commercialization plan developed in this unique, collaborative, hands-on workshop.
Teams are created around a central technology, product or business idea and typically include a technology champion, a legal advisor, an industry expert, an MBA student and an experienced entrepreneur.
PSW is an intense, two and a half day workshop to efficiently:
It will answer three questions:
80% of your time is spent in hands-on group sessions with team members with diverse backgrounds in technical, business, financial and legal areas.
At PSW you will work through 9 modules with break-out sessions to answer 20 key business questions related to the technology and its market, competition, business potential, etc. At the end, participants create an overall presentation of their idea and deliver it to a panel of experts. The expert panel then provides feedback on the merit of the opportunity.
There are no losers in PSW! Everyone comes away with a rich understanding of what it takes to form a successful startup, and how to reshape plans if preliminary ideas aren't feasible.
Read what participants are saying.
For a complete background please visit http://www.preseedworkshop.com.
AM&T, Phillips Lytle, CCMR, AM&T, Cornell University College of Engineering, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Harris Beach, Miller Mayer, Bond, Schoeneck & King, TCAD, LaunchNY, Cornell Business and Technology Park, Johnson Cornell University Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute, Entrepreneurship @ Cornell, Energy Materials Center at Cornell, Empire State Development Division of Science, Technology & Innovation (NYSTAR)
Supported in kind by: CTL, HTR, Blue Highway, EXCELL Partners, eLab, King Ferry Winery, Hosmer Winery, Hiscock & Barclay, The Tech Farm, Sciencenter, BestWestern Ithaca, and especially the Kevin M. McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in the Life Sciences