How universities are fostering innovation and entrepreneurship

July 07, 2017

Tampa, Fla. (Jul. 7, 2017) - The next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs are being formed at U.S. universities. Exactly what are these universities doing to ensure that these students and faculty will be successful in their innovation and entrepreneurship endeavors? As it turns out, they're doing a lot.

The current issue of Technology and Innovation, Journal of the National Academy of Inventors ® (19.1) (full text) zeroes in on the critical topics of innovation and entrepreneurship, with a special focus on what universities are currently doing to foster growth in those areas both for their success and the success of the communities and regions to which they are connected. Novel educational programs, innovation-driving business accelerators, and ingenious makerspaces that allow users to manufacture their own objects are among the tools being employed by universities to support the entrepreneurial activities so crucial for our economy and our nation.

"The responsibility to drive economic growth through creation and implementation of new ideas that generate 'value' for public use falls not just on corporations but also on universities," notes guest editor Rathindra DasGupta. "Consequently, in recent years, many universities have focused on developing initiatives to inspire, nurture, and guide future innovators (faculty and students), and some of the best of those are captured in this issue."

ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS

Curricula that Drive Innovation

Extracurricular Innovation Engines

Innovation Tools and Strategies

Importance of Innovation
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The National Academy of Inventors is a 501(c)(3) non-profit member organization comprising U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutes, with over 4,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 250 institutions, and growing rapidly. It was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students, and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society. The NAI publishes the multidisciplinary journal, Technology and Innovation. http://www.academyofinventors.org

University of South Florida (USF Innovation)

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