Innovation Scholars

Launched in Spring 2020, the Innovation Scholars Program offers STEM graduate students and postdoctoral researchers the opportunity to apply principles of commercialization and entrepreneurship to their own research and technologies. This free, eight-week program pairs a series of interactive virtual workshops with 1:1 mentoring sessions, allowing a self-paced and customized experience. 

Applications CLOSED on january 8, 2021. 

The Spring 2021 program will be held virtually and students from UA, UAMS, UALR, and ASU will be considered. 

Program Details

Spring 2021 program will run from February 1- April 2, 2021. 

Participants will be exposed to different pathways for commercialization (including licensing to industry and new venture formation); learn the basics of intellectual property; explore how to match technologies to the most promising markets; identify appropriate resources to support market-driven research; and practice communicating technical subjects to business and investor audiences.

Offered by the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Office of Technology Ventures.

The ideal participant would be able to dedicate at least 3-5 hours per week to fully engage in the program.


Program Partners

Sarah Goforth, Executive Director, Office of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, U of A

David Hinton, Acting Executive Director Technology Ventures, U of A

Amy Hopper, Program Officer, Winrock International

Douglas Hutchings, Director, Arkansas Research Alliance Academy

Rebecca Todd, Innovation Specialist, ASBTDC

Katie Thompson, Director, Science Venture Studio at Startup Junkie; CEO of Rooted Startups

Weston Waldo, Venture Development Program Manager, Technology Ventures, U of A

Shaheen Lokhandwala, Program Manager of Entrepreneurship Initiatives, Office of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, U of A




Meet Past Innovation Scholars