Commercialization + entrepreneurship training

The KU Center for Technology Commercialization and partners across campus and beyond provide training and resources to help researchers learn the essentials of commercializing inventions, developing strategic partnerships, competing for grant funding, and starting companies based on their technologies.

View training and resource opportunities below.

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Startup School@KU

Learn the essential steps to achieve SBIR/STTR grant funding and the basics of commercializing your inventions at Startup School@KU. Learn from successful biotech entrepreneurs.

Participate in person or online.


  • Success factors for commercialization
  • Lessons learned in the lab
  • Generating funding for commercialization
  • Developing strategic partnerships
  • Avoiding obstacles and minefields in commercialization

Office hours will be available for each team to receive individual direction and assistance.

Funding will be offered to each startup team that successfully completes the program.


KU Medical Center Campus
2211 Health Education Building
2160 W 39th Ave.
Kansas City, KS 66160

Attendance via Zoom is also available.

October dates

Oct. 4
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 11
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 18
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 25
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

November dates

Nov. 1
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 8
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 15
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Register for Startup School

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining meetings via Zoom, if you prefer to attend online.

Startup School Schedule

In the Oct. 4 session, Wally Meyer will identify the top five critical success factors needed for invention commercialization and present the Startup School@KU course materials.

In the Oct. 11 session, Val Stella will discuss lessons learned in the lab to increase the likelihood of identifying high commercial potential discoveries.

In the Oct. 18 session, AJ Mellott will discuss Ronawk lessons learned, plus generating funding (grant and private equity) required for commercialization.

In the Oct. 25 session, Julie Nagel will share Hafion startup lessons learned, plus developing strategic partnerships and overcoming academic commercialization challenges.

In the Nov. 1 session, Maria Flynn will share Orbis and Ambiologix startup lessons learned, plus advice from Techstars mentoring observations regarding "killer" developmental obstacles and minefields.

Optional work session for 1:1 mentoring and assistance in preparing the final pitch for funding.

Participant presentations to a selected panel to finalize development plans and receive next-step mentoring advice and course completion funding award.

PIVOT database

Use the PIVOT database to search for SBIR/STTR funding opportunities.