Forum connects research and entrepreneurship to investment, alumni communities
CLEMSON — To connect Clemson University faculty and students to the university’s growing entrepreneurial ecosystem, Clemson will host a Research and Entrepreneur Forum on Tuesday, April 22, at the Clyde V. Madren Continuing Education and Conference Center.
The event will feature more than 20 of Clemson’s leading researchers and entrepreneurs in the advanced materials and bioengineering disciplines giving rapid-fire presentations of their research and entrepreneurial activities to industry leaders and potential investors. A panel of Clemson, industry and economic development leaders will discuss how to create communities of excellence and capture the economic benefits of attracting, educating and retaining top talent at Clemson’s Centers of Excellence.
“This event champions innovation, research and startup companies from across campus and connects students, faculty and alumni with potential investors and industry,” said Larry Dooley, interim vice president for research at Clemson University. “By introducing research into a showcase environment, this forum offers attendees an inside look at emerging ideas and the next wave of potential commercialization.”
As a signature event during Research and Innovation Month, the Research and Entrepreneurial Forum demonstrates how the university is a destination of choice for entrepreneurship and utilizes an inside-out approach for introducing Clemson research into the commercial sector and attracting talented students, faculty and staff.
“The forum will highlight research that can become a company – a sneak peek at the new and innovative ideas coming out of Clemson,” said Dooley. “Great things are happening here, and this is a way to let the outside investment world know what’s in the pipeline.”
He says that building industry support for university research is crucial not only for the growth of Clemson, but also for the economic vitality of South Carolina.
Research and entrepreneurial activities presented at the forum will join more than 50 other presenters online. Interested viewers can follow presentations and receive updates regarding the progress of presenters’ research and future events, and have the option of contacting researchers directly to explore collaboration opportunities.
Ranked No. 21 among national public universities, Clemson University is a major, land-grant, science- and engineering-oriented research university that maintains a strong commitment to teaching and student success. Clemson is an inclusive, student-centered community characterized by high academic standards, a culture of collaboration, school spirit and a competitive drive to excel.