ATE Principal Investigators Conference

October, 2013

I will be co-moderating a discussion session at this year's ATE Principal Investigators Conference entitled "How Do I Help My College Transform Its Infrastructure to Support Entrepreneurial Endeavors?" that is scheduled for Thursday, Oct 24 at 4:00 pm in the Congressional A room.

Our college's ATE project "A Biomanufacturing Enterprise for Innovative Student Training & Entrepreneurship" (DUE-1003292) has a substantial focus on entrepreneurial activities. Project personnel have had to navigate uncharted and challenging territory at our college to develop the infrastructure necessary to support our activities.

If you are currently (or have been) engaged in or are considering entrepreneurial activities, I invite you to attend this session, which I expect to generate lively discussions and offer valuable collaboration potential.

To maximize the sharing of promising practices and lessons learned, sharing of insights, networking, and ways to collaborate, I am collecting information in advance to help structure the session appropriately.

Please complete the short survey at the following link to provide information to guide the discussion. [you may need to copy and paste the link into your browser] /viewform
If you will not be attending but are/have been engaged in or are considering entrepreneurial activities, your input is still valuable, so I encourage you to complete the survey.

Additional details of the discussion session are provided below.

I hope to see you at the discussion session and the conference!


Vivian Ngan-Winward, PhD, CQIA, CCT, CQE, CMQ/OE Director,
Biomanufacturing Program Biotechnology Dept, JHS 270
Salt Lake Community College
3491 West Wights Fort Rd
West Jordan, UT 84088


Discussion Session Description:
This session is designed to allow participants to share strategies and best practices that enable success and sustainability of entrepreneurial projects. A dialogue between ATE project personnel that have spawned (or are planning) such entrepreneurial projects is anticipated. Topics may include issues such as appreciation of student benefits; institutional barriers; available facilities; effective institutional response to project needs; institutional impacts of project success; and sustainability potential/plans. Participants will choose a topic to discuss with other interested parties, and discussions will be shared with the whole group. The information gathered will be compiled for publication by the NBC2 ATE Center.

Learning Objectives:
1. What aspects of infrastructure critical to the business success of the established enterprise are typically absent in community colleges?
2. How should such aspects be built? i.e. how would they be expected to function?
3. How should the project lead garner support for the creation of these needed aspects of infrastructure?