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From Idea to Reality: Securing the Innovation Ecosystem Statewide

Join the Arts + Business Council of Greater Philadelphia (ABC), in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, in bringing the business, legal, tech, maker and startup communities together for an event on supporting a robust statewide entrepreneurial ecosystem. Part conversation and part inventor clinic, this event provides under-resourced inventors, makers, startups and nonprofits with the assistance of pro bono patent attorneys. Click here to register now.

The event includes a keynote from a regional thought leader, and a workshop geared towards inventors, makers, and startups in the community looking to take their idea and turn it into a thriving business. The inventors will hear from patent attorneys that volunteer with the PA Patent program as well as business leaders and innovators in the community, who will discuss the legal and business components to making their idea become a reality. This year’s keynote will be delivered by Karl T. Ulrich, Vice Dean of Entrepreneurship & Innovation and the CIBC Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Ulrich’s research is focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, and product development. He is the co-author of Product Design and Development (6th Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2015), and of Innovation Tournaments (Harvard Business Press, 2009). At Penn, Ulrich co-founded the Weiss Tech House and the Integrated Product Design Program, two institutions fostering innovation in the university community. In addition to his academic work, Professor Ulrich has led dozens of innovation efforts for medical devices, tools, computer peripherals, food products, web-based services, and sporting goods. As a result of this work, he holds 24 patents. Professor Ulrich is a founder of Terrapass Inc. which the New York Times identified as one of the most noteworthy ideas of the year, and he is a designer of the Xootr scooter, which Business Week recognized as one of the 50 coolest products of the 21st Century. Professor Ulrich holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT.


5:30pm—6:00pm:   Registration
6:00pm—6:30pm:   Networking
6:30pm—6:45pm:   Keynote Remarks by Karl T. Ulrich, Vice Dean of Entrepreneurship & Innovation and the CIBC Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
6:45pm—7:15pm:    Panel Discussion, moderated by ‎Kenneth J. Davis, Partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
7:15pm—8:00pm:   Networking

Click here to register now.

Questions? Contact Brynn Primavera at 215.790.3630 or [email protected]

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