This presentation will introduce the benefits and methodologies of an entrepreneurially friendly approach to roadmap planning for nascent ventures that results in stronger R&D proposals and increased success attracting needed funds. The authors will describe their training, which helps ventures develop the initial skills to apply roadmap planning to focus, plan, communicate and position their innovations and inventions in proposals, business plans and presentations. They will be able to describe in their work plans how their innovation advances the state of the art, and how to position their Innovation in Context of the state of the art, increasing probability of awards. They will be able to articulate their sustainable competitive advantage of products and their business model, increasing the probability of raising funds. They will be able to describe their compelling value propositions that offer increased sales to customers. Other benefits include tools for structuring strategic alliances, skills essential for technology businesses to grow.
President/CEO, EnableVentures, Inc.
Sharon C. Ballard is President and CEO of EnableVentures, Inc., and former President, Chief Executive and co-founder of Reticular Systems, Inc.; she is also co-founder and director of Acronymics, LLC. She held management posts in the Titan Corporation, Motorola and LINKABIT Corporation. She is the developer of Supercoach® Entrepreneurial Training and has developed science-technology-product-market roadmap planning curricula tailored specifically for science-technology entrepreneurs and used... Read More →
Jonathan Levie is a Professor in the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Strathclyde, where he is Director of Knowledge Exchange. He has held research and teaching posts at the London Business School, Babson College (US), INSEAD (France), and University College, Cork (Ireland). Dr Levie is a prominent member of the Global Entrepreneurship Research Association, and co-directs Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) in the UK. With Sharon Ballard, a US-based entrepreneur, he... Read More →
Specialist, scalable businesses, JAMK University of Applied Sciences / Corporate R&D&I, Generator
Jussi Nukari is a specialist in scalable businesses. His business development activities include among others planning of high-tech entrepreneurship programs, courses and projects as well as training and coaching of entrepreneurial students and startup companies. He is the 1st Certified Supercoach® Instructor in Finland and has deployed the Supercoach® methodology with 100+ business cases, about 250 attendees, of which 100+ are student coaches coming from 15+ countries. Mr. Nukari's... Read More →
Juha Saukkonen is a Senior Lecturer (management) at the JAMK University of Applied Science. He is a member of the Finnish Network Academy of Futures Research. He has BSc and MSc degrees in marketing and is currently a PhD candidate at University of Jyväskylä.
Dan Suhr is currently the Director of Research and Development at inXsol, LLC, where he leads simulation and eLearning product development efforts, manages technology projects, and has written four winning SBIR proposals with the NSF and NIH. Dan has an extensive financial analysis and strategic planning background in manufacturing and service companies both large and small. Prior to inXsol, Dan's past positions include Strategic Manager at Cable Systems International, where he coordinated the... Read More →
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