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Pre-Seed Workshop

Do you have an innovative technology or idea? Are you looking for business input? ...PSW can help you find answers.

The Pre-Seed Workshop (PSW) was designed to take a raw idea from a university lab or other source and investigate its marketplace viability using a preliminary commercialization plan developed in the workshop. It will answer three questions:

  • is my idea worth commercializing?
  • what should my role be?
  • what are my next steps?

PSW is an intense, two and a half day workshop to efficiently:

  • vet projects and business ideas
  • launch pre-seed stage companies
  • increase the entrepreneurial activity within the community


80% of your time is spent in hands-on group sessions with team members with diverse backgrounds in technical, business, financial and legal areas.

At PSW you will work through 9 modules to answer 20 key business questions.

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See the links to the left for upcoming workshops and to apply. For a complete background please visit