Industrial Physics Forum on Industrial Physics in Emerging Economies II: Science Entrepeneurship Short Course

2014 IPF Program Schedule

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Science Entrepreneurship Short Course Oct. 2-3, 2014

Part II of the AIP-ICTP-UNICAMP Industrial Physics Forum on Industrial Physics in Emerging Economies - Sept. 28-Oct. 3, 2014

Goal: Bring universal entrepreneurship concepts and knowledge to attendees.

Audience: Primarily students and faculty in the sciences; will also include some number of independent participants interested in technical entrepreneurship and business development.

Scale: 100 participants

Organization: Attendees will be assigned to a project group of 4-6 individuals. Depending on audience size, the goal is 15-25 groups. During the hands-on components of the workshop groups will attack project components, and present their respective results to the audience at large.

Ancillary Materials: Participants will be provided with a set of handouts and supporting material.

Topics: The short course topics were selected to address elements of business development that can be considered ‘universal’; i.e, those which can be applied to any business environment independent of nationality or the specific business or product type. Other topics that are important in entrepreneurship education are location specific (including IP, legal and regulatory issues, finance, taxes, etc.) and are better handled on a smaller scale, locally within specific regions around the world.

About the organizer: The Industrial Physics Forum short course is presented by Dr. Douglas Arion, Donald Hedberg Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies and Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Carthage College. He received his AB in physics from Dartmouth College, and MS and PhD degrees in physics and astronomy from the University of Maryland. From 1983 to 2000 he was employed by Science Applications International Corporation as Senior Scientist, Head of the Applied Physics and Engineering Division, and Assistant Vice President. In 1994 he joined the faculty at Carthage College and created the ScienceWorks entrepreneurial studies program, the first program to teach the skills and knowledge needed for successful technology businesses. He is active with the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance, economic development organizations, and many regional firms. Arion helped found the Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation, a non-profit economic development organization to help businesses re-tool and develop new products and services. In 2008 he started Galileoscope LLC to provide high quality, low cost telescopes around the world, Galileoscope LLC has delivered over 200,000 telescopes to 106 countries, and continues to lead the way in hands-on astronomy education and outreach. He is involved in strategic planning and economic development, entrepreneurship education and promotion, and research in instrumentation development, observational astronomy, and public science education and outreach.

Registration: The registration deadline is 31 July. We will require an application, which will allow us to assure that we have an audience that is balanced geographically.  More information.

Course Outline - Draft schedule

Thursday, October 2, 2014

8:30-9:00 - Registration

Hand out workshop materials; assign individuals to groups for the workshop sessions.

9:00 - 9:20 - Introduction

Present the outline and schedule for the short course

9:20-9:45 - Welcome Comments

Joe Niemela presentation on ICTP efforts in entrepreneurship and regional economic development

9:45-10:30 - Entrepreneurship: Motivations and Mission

Hands-on Session: Develop goals/mission/mantra for business concept;


  • Sinek, Simon. How Great Leaders Inspire Action,
  • Kawasaki, Guy. The Art of the Start. Portfolio Hardcover, 2004.

10:30-11:00 - Break

11:00-12:30 - Product Lifecycle

Hands-on Session: Identify the state of the industry and product of interest for each group, and identify areas of improvement/need for development.


  • Levitt, Theodore, “Exploit the Product Life Cycle”, Harvard Business Review, Vol. 43, pp. 81-94, 1965. Harvard Business School
  • Moore, Geoffrey, Crossing the Chasm. The Chasm Group, 2013.
  • Christen, Clayton, The Innovator’s Dilemma, Harper Business, 2011.

12:30-14:00 - Lunch

14:00-16:00 - Ideation and Creativity

Hands-on Session: Utilizing technologies supplied (either pre-prepared patents, or using technologies selected from the site visit). Methods of formal lateral thinking will be presented and groups will ideate new product ideas. Methods of evaluating/ranking ideas will be presented and utilized to select optimum concepts.  [Repeat of Tuesday/Wednesday Ideation session during conference].

16:00-16:30 - Break

16:30-17:00 - Summary of Day One

Group discussion of key concepts and approaches – Q and A

17:00-18:30 - Social Hour

18:30-20:00 - Brazilian Entrepreneurship

Presentations by local/regional successful technology entrepreneurs. 4x20 min plus questions.

20:00-22:00 - Dinner

22:00 - Adjourn

Friday, October 3, 2014

8:30-9:00 - Registration

Hand out workshop materials; assign individuals to groups for the workshop sessions.

9:00-9:15 - Introduction

Overview of Day 2 topics - International Considerations

9:15-10:30 - Intelletual Property

Local Presenter - TBD

10:30-11:00 - Break

11:00-12:00 - Finance

Local Presenter - TBD

12:00-12:30 - Small Business Funding in Brazil - PIPE

Representative from FAPESP

12:30-14:00 - Lunch

14:00-15:00 - Business Plans and Strategic Planning

Introduction to Business Plans: Uses, organization, and structure

15:00-15:30 - Break

15:30-16:30 - Business Plan Preparation

Hands-on Session: Groups will outline business plans for their particular business concepts

16:30-17:00 - Summary of Day Two

Group discussions of key concepts and approaches. Hand out and collect evaluations – Q and A.

17:00 - Adjourn