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ICAT Playdate — Commercializing Research

March 3, 2023

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For research at Virginia Tech there are sometimes opportunities to commercialize that research, which can take the form of a startup or new venture. Unfortunately, many new startups fail. As a PhD student here at Virginia Tech, my goal is to launch a new venture based on my current research and I share parts of that journey. My experience includes participating in the National Science Foundation's I-Corps Program, where the goal is to determine if there is a market opportunity. In addition, I share my experience leveraging Virginia Tech's Proof of Concept Program for initial product development, as well as other strategies I've learned about commercializing research.


  • Will Makowski


  • March 3, 2023


  • 8:30am EDT
     Networking & Donuts at Community Assembly, Creativity and Innovation District LLC
  • 9am EDT
     Presentation begins in the Community Assembly and 360 Online

Virginia Tech faculty can receive Professional Development Network (PDN) credit for attending

  1. Register at 
  2. Check in with Phyllis Newbill during the event.

Location: Community Assembly, Creativity and Innovation District LLC