The TechVenture Challenge is a 6-week business competition that educates interdisciplinary student teams on commercialization strategies, facilitates networking between researchers and business professionals, and showcases emerging intellectual property from Vanderbilt University.

Participants receive training in various aspects of technology commercialization through educational materials, formal seminars, and coaching from experienced business professionals. At the end of the competition, teams deliver a business pitch and an executive summary of their commercialization plan for evaluation by local entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.

 

Thomas Beck

Director, 2017 

 

 

 Alice Leach

Alice Leach

 

TVC Committee Member

 

Vandiver Chaplin

Vandiver Chaplin

 

TVC Committee Member 

 

Kevin Cyr

 

Kevin Cyr

TVC Committee Member 

 

 

 Sean Bedingfield

Sean Bedingfield 

TVC Committee Member

 

 Samantha Sarett

Samantha Sarett 

TVC Committee Member

 

Heng Dai

Heng Dai

TVC Committee Member 

 

Technology

All technology will be owned by Vanderbilt University before, during, and after the event. During the competition TVC has first right of refusal on technologies provided by the CTTC. The TVC portfolio primarily consists of health-related IPs, which includes devices, medicines, vaccines, procedures and systems developed to diagnose or solve a health problem and improve quality of life. TVC may also include some technologies that are not health-related (e.g., bio-chemical products for agriculture). The CTTC will inspect all technology-related materials prior to public display. All presentations by the teams consist of mock commercialization plans only. Any actions taken towards real technology commercialization must be conducted through CTTC.

Sponsors

The TechVenture Challenge is currently sponsored by the Vanderbilt CTTC, Life Science Tennessee, and the Firestarter program and the Owen Graduate School of Management.