I spent the day at Pathways to Entrepreneurial Success, an annual conference for people interested in starting their own businesses. A couple highlights:
– I learned the University of Rochester has an entire office and website devoted to marketing its patented technologies. The U of R wants entrepreneurs to come in and commercialize its inventions. (I hope someone does something with the video game for kids with lazy eye. They didn’t have that when I was growing up, patching my eye!)
It’s not so easy to unload the patents. A co-founder of iCardiac, which licenses technology from the U of R, said finding the entrepreneurs who see potential in the research is a barrier. Even harder is raising millions of dollars in start-up capital.
– Rochester is hosting “Startup Weekend” in April at Eastman Business Park. The event promises to get businesses started in 52 hours. I’m skeptical, but extremely intrigued by the concept.
Other items of interest today:
– “Are hospitals and public health agencies hiding behind HIPAA laws?” That’s what my colleague Patrice Walsh asked regarding the LeRoy girls.
– Kodak may hire a restructuring chief, someone you don’t hire unless you’re filing for bankruptcy.
– Bob Duffy used campaign cash to see the Army-Navy game. He continues to use campaign money to pay his Albany rent.