Springboard Speaker Series – Startup 101 with Michael Poisel

admin February 4, 2017

July 7, 2015 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Innovacorp Enterprise Centre - Dalhousie University
Dalhousie University
1344 Summer Street, Halifax, NS B3H 0A8
Katie Kushner

Universities and Research Centers have been licensing technology to Corporate partners for many years, but as these large companies reduce their research staffs, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find a home for early stage technologies. Company creation has emerged as a supplement to the licensing model, which allows the technology to incubate and opens up opportunities not available to a technology alone.

Michael Poisel, Senior Director, PCI Ventures, has built a sustainable new venture model for the University of Pennsylvania. He will be reviewing his model, while also exploring the many challenges and nuances that must be navigated to be successful in the academic environment.  Please join us for a half day workshop to evaluate and explore how company creation strategies can work for you.


8:00 am – Registration Opens

8:30 am – Workshop Begins

  •  In the first half of this session Michael will take us through an overview of PCI ventures and their programs including: Upstart, UPadvisors, AppitUP, UPtheOdds, and Jolt Funding.
  • Followed by a Q&A Session

10:00 am – Mid-morning break

10:30 am – Resume Workshop

  •   In the second half of the workshop Michael will cover some of the key factors PCI looked at when undertaking their model including: Fiduciary duty, conflict of interest, relationship with licensing team, scalability, sustainability, faculty vs. student businesses, recruiting managers, university funding, and the golden rule.
  • Followed by a Q&A session

12:00 – End of Workshop

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