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Lawrence Tech hosts I2V entrepreneur workshop Feb. 27

Release Date: February 10, 2009

Southfield, Mich. - In celebration of National Entrepreneurship Week, Lawrence Technological University is hosting a day-long workshop on Friday, Feb. 27, called Invention to Venture (I2V), a national program with local entrepreneurs that teaches technology entrepreneurship basics, helps build business networks and provides a framework for moving ideas to the marketplace.

The Detroit Regional Chamber, through its Fusion and Wired initiatives, is sponsoring this event designed for business people, entrepreneurs and investors as well as science and technology faculty and staff 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

The only I2V workshop in Michigan this year will be held Friday, Feb. 27, 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.

General admission of $50 includes a participant guide, breakfast, lunch and a networking reception. The price is just $25 for Lawrence Tech Alumni and faculty and staff of institutions of higher learning.  All students are free with online preregistration and valid student ID. For information and to register, go to

"Invention to Venture provides a unique opportunity to bring together entrepreneurs who have job-creating ideas with experts in various fields who can help bring those ideas to market," said Mark Brucki, executive director of economic development and government relations at Lawrence Tech.

"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."

Matt Roush, editor of the Great Lakes IT Report, will moderate the workshop. The speakers include:

  • Paul Angott, serial entrepreneur.
  • Richard Beedon of MacBeedon Scientific Sales.
  • Greg Eskridge, founder of Consult Kinetic.
  • Art Espey, founder and CEO of
  • Lawrence Almeda, chair of the nanotechnology practice group at Brinks Hofer Gibson & Lione.
  • Sandy Kronenberg, chairman and president of Netarx.
  • Kenneth Harris, chairman and CEO of International Detroit Black Expo.
  • Carl Meyering, development banker.
  • Jayson Pankin, new venture creation specialist at Delphi Technologies.
  • Derek Richmond of the electrical, mechanical and chemical engineering department of the Nash Law Group.

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

An elevator pitch contest with hundreds of dollars in prizes is sponsored by the Enterprise Forum of the Great Lakes. Other sponsors are Invention to Venture, NCIIA and Lawrence Tech Alumni: The Legends.

For additional information, contact Associate Professor Donald Carpenter of Lawrence Tech at (248) 204-2459 or

Lawrence Technological University,, offers over 80 undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,000-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 Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

With over 20,000 members, that employ over three quarters of a million workers, the Detroit Regional Chamber is the largest chamber of commerce in the country. The Chamber's mission is carried out through business attraction efforts, public policy advocacy, strategic partnerships and valuable benefits to members.

Fusion is one of the fastest growing, most inclusive and influential young professional organizations in the state. The program is dedicated to engaging Michigan's talent mix to shape and showcase a Metro Detroit region more attractive to young talent. As a connector between young professionals, businesses and the community, Fusion influences progress by being an example of regional cooperation in action.  

The Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development initiative (WIRED) is an effort by the U.S. Labor Departments Employment and Training Administration to integrate economic and workforce development activities to demonstrate that talent development can drive economic transformation in regional economies across the United States.