On January 24, the College of Business Administration and the Austen BioInnovation Institute launched the Women's Entrepreneurship Program with an inaugural group of sixteen researchers and business students.
The innovative initiative is a mentoring program aimed at increasing the number of female entrepreneurs while helping to transform medical and scientific research findings into start-up companies that create jobs in Northeast Ohio.
Working in two-person teams, made up of an MBA student and a technology specialist, participants will combine their talents to plan and launch a business or license a technology in the fields of biomedical or alternative energy within the next 18 to 24 months.
They will take free classes in the CBA and will receive hands-on guidance from local, regional and national experts throughout the commercialization process.
The Austen BioInnovation Institute is a collaborations between Akron's three hospital systems, Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron General Health System and Summa Health System, The University of Akron and the Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy. Its mission is to promote medical-related research, education and economic development.