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Seminars on technology commercialization, capital formation and intellectual property offered in March and April

BOONE—Appalachian State University’s Center for Entrepreneurship in partnership with the BioNetwork BioBusiness Center at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (ABTCC) will offer programs related to technology commercialization, capital formation and intellectual property in March and April.

The free programs will be held at the Appalachian Enterprise Center at 230 Poplar Grove Connector in Boone. Register to attend with Julia Rowland at the Center for Entrepreneurship at or (828) 262-8325.

Paul Knott, curriculum coordinator from the BioBusiness Center, will present “Introduction to Technology Commercialization” Wednesday, March 26, from 4 to 6 p.m. The program will introduce participants to the “Goldsmith” model for technology commercialization. It will cover the commercialization process, pre-funding efforts and expectations, understanding investor needs and programs, enterprise valuation, and recognizing and managing business risk in its various forms.

Socrates Choumbakos from the Venture Development Group will lead a program on “Capital Formation:

Needs, Models and Successes” Wednesday, April 9, from 4 to 6 p.m. Workshop participants will consider important business financing topics, including getting ready to seek financing, understanding potential sources, presenting a business proposal, making the financing deal and life after the deal. Written resources and assistance sources will be identified.

Dr. Gina Stewart of Sage Technology Management Inc. will lead a program on “Intellectual Property:

What It Is and How to Protect It” Wednesday, April 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. The workshop will introduce the foundations of intellectual property (IP) with particular attention to IP issues facing biotechnology and life science businesses.

Participants will be introduced to the four main areas of intellectual property law – trade secret, patent, copyright and trademark – and the process required to protect IP in each of those areas.

The programs are made possible through the collaboration of the North Carolina Community College System BioNetwork BioBusiness Center and Appalachian’s Center for Entrepreneurship.

The NCCCS BioNetwork is a statewide initiative that connects community colleges across North Carolina, providing specialized training, curricula and business support for the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and life sciences industries. The BioBusiness Center serves as an innovative service hub where researchers and entrepreneurs can find start-up information, educational programs, business direction, support coordination, mentoring and referrals to launch their enterprise.