December 2014  
Volume 3, Issue 29
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Welcome to the new WSU Ventures newsletter. This monthly communication will bring you information on university technologies and resources for innovators.
$11.25 million Koch pledge advances Wichita State University

In a gift commitment with sweeping impact, Koch Industries and the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation have pledged $11.25 million to create and advance programs at Wichita State University aimed at helping students excel and become the next generation of entrepreneurs, innovators and business leaders. Read more...

Competitive Innovation Accelerator winners will be announced Jan. 9
The winners of the Competitive Innovation Accelerator, sponsored by WSU Ventures and the Kansas Department of Commerce, will be announced Friday Jan. 9 at 2 p.m. in the Marcus Welcome Center, Armstrong Room 103 on the campus of Wichita State University. The community and media are invited to attend. Winners will be available for comment. 
Research office offers workshop on Cayuse 101

The Office of Research and Technology Transfer is hosting a workshop on Jan. 22 on "Cayuse 101: Electronic Submissions to Made Easy!" The workshop will be led by Fran Cook, contract/grant development specialists for the research office. It will include a demonstration of Cayuse, the electronic grant submission tool for submissions to federal agencies.Register online. Log into myWSU, select "register" and scroll down to find the workshop. For more information contact Jana Henderson by email or phone at 978-3285.

Website provides examples of faculty innovation in multiple disciplines

Curious how your field of study can fit into the Innovation Campus? The Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) has put together a searchable database that shares examples from a wide variety of disciplines. Check it out to see how your colleagues at other universities have commercialized their research. WSU is a member of AUTM.

Students: Turn Your Finals Project into a Business

Many semester finals projects don't go further than the professor's grade-book, but the online publication of The Engineer, "11 tips on turning your student engineering project into a business" gives students quick tips on how to take that "A" grade and turn it into a business. 

  1. Make sure your idea addresses a real problem.
  2. Pick the right partners - but not too many of them.
  3. Get some proper work experience.
  4. Enter competitions.
  5. Be commercially savvy.

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