February 21, 2019
New Continuing Education Program targets researchers, regional professionals, business firms, corporate R&D & future hi-tech entrepreneurs.
PRESS RELEASE UPDATED: FEB 19, 2019 11:00 EST
ROCHESTER, N.Y., February 19, 2019 (Newswire.com) - RIT Research Professor Michael Crowley, JD, the Co-Founder of ATVentureCenter and RIT's Interim Dean of the College of Engineering Technology, S. Manian Ramkumar, Ph.D. jointly announce the launch of a new hands-on continuing educational program in Techtrepreneurship tm.
“Our new series of continuing education workshops in technical entrepreneurship and advanced technology commercialization, in conjunction with the ATVentureCenter, is designed to create a new army of technology entrepreneurs in the Western New York Region and beyond. Our goal is to create a new breed of highly-trained professionals who will be armed with all the skills necessary to engage in university sponsored research or to reach into the vast collection of advanced technology patents available through RIT, and other universities, government sponsored labs, research centers and institutes, and bring those products and services to the global marketplace. These workshops are aimed at reenergizing the regional economy by bringing new advanced technology jobs.”
__ S. Manian Ramkumar Ph.D. RIT - CET Interim Dean
Businesses looking to either create or upgrade a technology commercialization department or entrepreneurs and professionals looking to break into a technology entrepreneurship and commercialization career now have the opportunity to participate and benefit from workshops jointly offered by the College of Engineering Technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology in association with Rochester’s first independent Advanced Technology Venture Creation Center – ATVentureCenter (ATVC) (https://www.atventurecenter.
Professor Crowley, a researcher, educator and serial technology entrepreneur, founded ATVC in October 2017, with a vision to provide new corporate development and community outreach education programs, for advanced technology-based economic development theories. Such training programs could not only increase sponsored research and corporate development but also improve the ratio of tech licensing and commercialization. Nationally, only about 5% of all US patents get commercialized.
Professor Crowley believes that each advanced tech creation region in the US, like Western, NY, can become a “Mini-Silicon Valley” with the right training programs and if everyone in the region worked together to make this operational target a reality.
Immediately prior to founding ATVC, Professor Crowley spent the past 13 years doing sponsored research and delivering over 1,000 lectures nationwide on the topics of innovation, advanced technology entrepreneurship and commercialization. Professor Crowley is highly regarded in China as the result of his work training over 500 senior delegations to the United States during the past decade.
Crowley’s training program is called Techtrepreneurship™, which consists of 9 five-hour courses that make up the full workshop curriculum. The attendance at each course within the curriculum will allow students to receive individual course completion certificates.
The total cost of the full 9 course training program is $3,600 and each individual course costs $400.
Each course includes a complimentary continental breakfast and lunch, will begin at 8:30 AM and end at 4:00 PM. All courses will be presented at the Training Center at ATVC’s headquarters in downtown Rochester, NY at 2nd floor of The Legacy Tower (formerly called the Bausch & Lomb Tower), 1 Bausch & Lomb Pl, Rochester, NY 14604. Here is the list of courses and some upcoming course dates.
Courses & Upcoming Classes
Course 1: Techtrepreneurship 101- Who will own the future
Course 2: Tech Selection- The winning strategy
Course 3: Creating the Fearless Team and All That Jazz
Course 4: Demystifying Sponsored Research and Corporate Commercialization
Course 5: Commercialization Licensing and capital formation strategies
Course 6: How to Develop a Persuasive Global Licensing and Marketing plan
Course 7: Quality, ISO and the Road Map to Manufacturing and Service Success
Course 8: Due Diligence and Intellectual Property Analysis
Course 9: Creating Mini Silicon Valleys- Vital Importance of AT Venture Creation to GPD growth in WNY and Globally.
Upcoming Course Date and Times
Techtrepreneurship 101 - March 8, 2019 at 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Techtrepreneurship 101- March 9, 2019 at 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Tech Selection- The Winning Strategy - March 15, 2019 at 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Tech Selection- The Winning Strategy - March 16, 2019 at 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
The program is now open for immediate enrollment. Reservations for each course can be made directly at the ATVC website. https://www.
“You can’t go a few days without hearing about the importance of bringing our local, regional and national economy back to the days when technology giants like Kodak, Xerox and Bausch & Lomb were producing major advanced technology breakthroughs and commercializing our regionally developed technology on a global scale. It is time to stop talking about the past and start taking positive and inventive steps to in the present to reshape our future,” said Erin Crowley, Co-founder and Managing Director of ATVC and a 2008 RIT mechanical engineering alumnus. “This program is a terrific opportunity for RIT-CET and ATVC to encourage more professionals, entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and employees to become qualified in advanced technology licensing, commercialization and internal and external Techtreprenuership.”
The new RIT/ATVC Technical Entrepreneurship program will teach Demystifying Sponsored Research and Corporate Commercialization, Technology Selection/Risk Analysis, Building the “Fearless Team,” Capital Formation Strategies and Global Commercialization Licensing, Advanced Technology (AT) Lean Launch, AT Quality Certification and Marketing Strategies, AT Strategies for Economic Development and IP Licensing Fundamentals. All instruction will delivered be in-person by Professor Crowley and ATVC team members and advisors.
“The shortage of skilled and qualified advanced technology entrepreneurship and commercialization professionals is one of the biggest issues facing our world of manufacturing, corporate development and university licensing today,” said Ryan Ellis, Director of Supply Chain at The Gleason Corporation and a 2005 RIT Business Administration alumnus. “Professionals who gain the skills and tactics needed to seek out the best advanced technology commercialization opportunities and then license and bring breakthrough products and services to the marketplace against the growing tides of global technology competition... will be better prepared for their careers at global firms like Gleason and other organizations in the global manufacturing industry.”
Techtrepreneurship is a new category of continuing education programs that offer knowledge and a pathway to creating your own start-up or bringing your new skills to your current employer. The program is for learners looking for in-demand knowledge to advance their careers or potentially follow a new path leading to a fully accredited advanced credential.
“We are honored to work with RIT’s College of Engineering Technology to launch this new program in Technical Entrepreneurship and Commercialization of Advanced Technology. This is an area of expertise that has become increasingly more vital in the modern globalized marketplace,” said Professor Crowley, CEO and Co-Founder at ATVC. “This new offering marks a new and exciting step toward furthering our shared mission to expand access to high-quality, affordable technical entrepreneurship education. Our Techtrepreneurship programs provide the option and level of innovation and entrepreneurship learning that is designed to meet the needs of researchers, potential entrepreneurs, adult learners, universities and employers in today’s fast changing tech-driven world.”
For a full list of available Techtrepreneurship™ courses and programs, go to https://www.
Details and enrollment information can be found at https://www.
Michael Crowley 585-546-8311 or info@