Show-stopping research: CSU Ventures Innovation Symposium

Curious about innovation and commercialization at Colorado State University? Part of CSU’s Collegiate Challenge, the Innovation Symposium on April 27 is a chance to learn how to convert an idea into a viable commercial product – or how to become a better innovator.

CSU Ventures, the technology transfer and commercialization agent for the university, is sponsoring its fourth annual Innovation Symposium, April 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Ballroom. Registration is strongly requested.

The event will include a panel discussion with researchers and small business professionals such as Scott Fulbright, co-founder and chief executive officer of Living Ink Technologies, and Terry Opgenorth, vice president of CSU Ventures.

This year, the Innovation Symposium includes a poster session with 45 posters highlighting research from across campus in engineering, creative works, life science, and physical science. Attendees can vote for the best poster, and the winners will share $1,000 in prize money.

The top poster from each category will compete before a judges’ panel for “Best in Show,” the winner of which will take a $1,000 prize.

The event is designed to promote research and collaboration across campus, and to educate students about innovation and technology transfer. Graduate students and postdoctoral researchers can present their work in an environment that fosters stimulating and entrepreneurial thinking. CSU faculty, staff, and students, as well as alumni, business professionals and entrepreneurs, can also learn more about groundbreaking research happening across campus.

The CSU Collegiate Challenge is a daylong celebration of entrepreneurship. This year, it combines the Innovation Symposium and the Business Pitch Competition.