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Lawrence Tech, Detroit Chamber to host I2V entrepreneur workshop Feb. 29

Release Date: February 13, 2008

Southfield, Mich. – Lawrence Technological University and the Detroit Regional Chamber are hosting a day-long workshop for Invention to Venture (I2V), a national program that teaches technology entrepreneurship basics, helps build business networks and provides a framework for moving ideas to the marketplace.

The only I2V workshop in Michigan this year will be held Friday, Feb. 29, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the University Technology and Learning Center (UTLC) gallery at Lawrence Tech, 21000 West Ten Mile Road, Southfield.

The Detroit Regional Chamber is the lead sponsor for this event designed for science and technology students and faculty, as well as business people, entrepreneurs and investors interested in developing cutting-edge technology. It covers technology entrepreneurship fundamentals for people who want to bring inventions to market, as well as managers and owners who want to add value to an existing company.

“As Michigan transitions to the knowledge economy, it’s critical we give entrepreneurs the skills they need to succeed in the new global marketplace,” said Thelma Castillo, executive vice president for the Detroit Regional Chamber.  “The I2V workshop helps accomplish this goal.”

This is the second time Lawrence Tech has hosted the workshop created several years ago by the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance of Hadley, Mass.

Associate Professor Donald Carpenter, who is coordinating I2V at Lawrence Tech, noted that the workshop falls on the extra day in the leap year calendar.

“This workshop is an investment in your future and a great way to spend the extra day we get this year,” Carpenter said. “Entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs will hear motivational stories and get practical advice from people who have turned technology into successful business models.”

Participants will have the opportunity to win hundreds of dollars in cash prizes in an “elevator pitch” contest for the best short presentation of a business concept.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Art Espey, founder and CEO of
  • Tad Machrowicz, vice president/ R&D Technology, Noble International.
  • Carl Meyering, chairman and CEO, Meyering Corp.
  • Jayson Pankin, new venture creation specialist, Delphi Technologies Inc.
  • Ross Sanders, executive director, Bizdom U.
  • Jonathan B. Smith, president & CFO, Wave Dispersion Technologies Inc.

General admission of $50 includes a participant guide, breakfast, lunch and a networking reception. The price is $25 for Lawrence Tech alumni and faculty and staff of colleges and universities. The student price is $10; students who need a tuition waiver can contact Carpenter at

For information and to register, go to

Lawrence Technological University,, offers more than 60 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes 75 years ago, and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus is in Southfield, with education centers in Lansing, Livonia, Clinton Township, Traverse City and Petoskey. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Europe and Asia.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber

With more than 23,000 members, the Detroit Regional Chamber is the largest metro chamber of commerce in the country.  Its mission is carried out through business attraction efforts, public policy advocacy, strategic partnerships and quality products and services for members.