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Leadership Circle Project Pitch

   


Fall 2015

Connecting the Dots: Cultivating a Culture for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
- Primary Contact: Shalin Jyotishi

  1. Write a proposal to establish a Thinc at UGA doctoral assistantship for students in student affairs and higher ed administration academic departments
    1. Premise: Currently, UGA's campus-wide entrepreneurial initiative is managed by a part-time committee of administrators and faculty. This makes it difficult for I&E to progress on campus. Greg Wilson, a current fellow and PhD student, has significantly improved Thinc at UGA through his Thinc-a-thon series. Greg will be graduating in May which is why it's essential for fellows to identify ways to ensure sustainability, growth and institutionalization of Thinc at UGA
    2. Meet with campus and community stakeholders to gather feedback, ideas and thoughts
    3. Incorporate Economic Development & Innovation Scholars into proposal
    4. As part of Student Council on Economic Development & Innovation semester meeting, present proposal to VP for Research and VP for Public Service & Outreach
    5. Spring/Summer 2015
  2. Develop infrastructure and strategies for Thinc Planning committee to easily disseminate information to community and student stakeholders
    1. Premise: Currently, UGA's campus-wide entrepreneurial initiative is managed by a part-time committee of administrators and faculty. This makes it difficult for I&E to progress on campus. Greg Wilson, a current fellow and PhD student, has significantly improved Thinc at UGA through his Thinc-a-thon series. Greg will be graduating in May which is why it's essential for fellows to identify ways to ensure sustainability, growth and institutionalization of Thinc at UGA
    2. Create Thinc at UGA email listserv on website and increase following
    3. Increase following on Thinc at UGA social media accounts
    4. Link I&E to broader economic development and service goals of the university
    5. Promote UGA successes to national groups such as the University Economic Development Association
    6. Assist Kevin Wu and Greg Wilson in updating UGA I&E campus roadmap
    7. Meet with Student Government Association, Student Affairs, Admissions, Honors Program, leaders from select student organizations, community and local leaders and other stakeholders to inform them of Thinc at UGA
    8. Establish Director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Student Government Association
    9. Spring/Summer 2015
  3. Establish National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge Scholars Program at UGA
    1. Premise: There are a myriad of resources available to students at the University of Georgia. In addition to the issue of awareness, there is little incentive for students to pursue opportunities in innovation and entrepreneurship, especially outside of the business school. The NAE GCSP will galvanize opportunities on campus in the form of one incentive for engineering students. The program is in existence on several UGA peer and aspirational campuses, and will set up the engineering school to continue to develop its culture of innovation and economic engagement.
    2. Work with Leadership Circle to finish program proposal
    3. Present proposal to Donald Leo, Dean of Engineering
    4. Assist Dean Leo where needed
    5. Spring/Summer 2015
  4. Create a “What If” Idea book for future fellows/recruit "torchbearers"
    1. Premise: Under the leadership of President Jere Morehead and Vice-Presidents Jennifer Frum and David Lee, innovation and entrepreneurship along with the broader mission of economic development has come a long way. However, this May most fellows will graduate, leaving a dire gap in student engagement with I&E. UGA needs new champions of I&E to invest time into the ecosystem.
    2. Work with faculty, staff, students and fellows to recruit a stellar, diverse and ambitious Fall 2015 fellowship cohort and request funding from OVPR and PSO for a third set of University Innovation Fellows.
    3. Create a comprehensive, succinct and useful binder of ideas UGA’s senior leadership and future fellows can undertake to carry on the progression of I&E at the University of Georgia. This resource will incorporate all the experiences of the Student Council on Economic Development & Innovation, fellows, faculty, staff and student leaders into one cohesive publication, saving invaluable time and resources that would have been spent breaking campus silos and gathering information.
    4. Summer 2015

Increase Visibility of Campus I&E Facilities/Resources
- Primary Contact: Kevin James Wu

  1. Create an institutional brochure mapping out campus Innovation & Entrepreneurship resources
    1. Model brochure after similar handouts at NYU & UVA
    2. Highlight key locations/contacts on campus; Use the UGA landscape canvas.
    3. Create an overall design similar to a design thinking brainstorming board
    4. Print initial copies, seek internal funding to hand out the flyer in larger numbers on campus
    5. Spring/Summer 2015
  2. Update the Thinc @ UGA website to highlight I&E at UGA
    1. Update biographies of local entrepreneurs on the website
    2. Setup a forum so users can easily add profiles on themselves and their start-ups on the website.
    3. Highlight local events and workshops regarding I&E on the website for easy access.
    4. Spring/Summer 2015
  3. Create an updated I&E map roadmap for UGA students and faculty
    1. Use the landscape canvas to highlight resources on campus, and feature them on an interactive google maps based website (Based on prior fellow work).
    2. Transition the roadmap to Thinc @ UGA to increase visibility
    3. Talk to developers of the UGA smartphone application and work to get the roadmap added as a key feature on the application.
    4. Summer 2015
  4. Increase awareness of on-campus I&E resources and events
    1. Update the roadmap as a static page highlighting major resources.
    2. Make large prints of the updated campus I&E roadmap to distribute and display on campus (Terry College of Business, Engineering College, College of Art and Design, etc…).
    3. Contact UGA PR departments to ensure that poster prints are displayed in major facilities, and I&E handouts are kept in stock to be widely distributed on campus
    4. Inquire about setting up an I&E “newspaper stand” on campus to house I&E pamphlets and handouts for students to view/take in major dining halls and student stores.
    5. Summer/Fall 2015
  5. Ensure longevity of proposed organization and visibility techniques
    1. Contact Society of Entrepreneurs at UGA to pass down pamphlet/poster files and to ensure that the documents remain up to date.
    2. Inquire to Student Affairs in order to add related duties to the student worker responsible for updating the Thinc @ UGA website.
    3. Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

Sustainable Engineering Entrepreneurship Center: UGA Medical Innovation Studio
- Primary Contact: T. Stan Gregory

  1. Utilize a laboratory space to serve as a temporary workshop until further future funding is secured.
    1. Currently, we have setup a dedicated workspace for fellows of the UGA Medical Innovation Studio.
    2. Design/build a support structure to handle to recruitment of new members.
    3. Spring/Summer 2015
  2. Recruit an advisory board to ensure Studio sustainability across multiple generations of students.
    1. Contact key faculty from departments across campus.  Use the Landscape Canvas.
    2. Reach out to local entrepreneurs and start-up incubators to serve as board members
    3. Spring/Summer 2015
  3. Encourage the development of student-drive technology-based innovations
    1. Recruit Fellows from our Research Laboratory to mentor teams of Entrepreneurial Students (E-teams)
    2. Use internally generated research questions to start E-teams with; the advisory board will aid in prelim idea generation.
    3. Beginning Spring/Summer 2015 → No End Date
  4. Maintain the interdisciplinary nature of the Studio
    1. Reach out to faculty members teaching STEM, business/entrepreneurship, and design coursework.  Encourage them to broadcast the studio to their classrooms.  Use the Landscape Canvas.
    2. Recruit the Society of Entrepreneurs to tour and train in the Studio.  Familiarize them with the facility, and develop a level of collaboration.
    3. Fall 2015 / Spring 2016
  5. Encourage the translation of innovations into IP and entrepreneurial ventures.
    1. Invited speakers from Technology Commercialization Office, Georgia BioBusiness Center, etc… Use the Landscape Canvas à Develop a short workshop series.
    2. Give a talk on VentureWell funding sources for E-teams (and related ventures) to the Studio.  Provide overviews of proposals.
    3. Ensure that each E-team contains a team of interdisciplinary students (1 business major for business plan development, etc…).
    4. Spring/Fall 2016
  6. Start a Studio Home Page (www)
    1. The page will feature calendars, projects, open-source solutions, and engineering blogs, meant to build strong community support.
    2. Offer small kits built by students to support stipend/fellowships
    3. Spring 2017
  7. Secure external funding to ensure studio longevity
    1. Use landscape canvas to contact key personnel to pitch the studio, and potentially gain University Support
    2. VentureWell Course and Faculty Grants
    3. Internal UGA Funding
    4. Alternative funding sources (locate and apply)
    5. Begin Applications Spring/Summer 2015

Lay Groundwork for Gaps in Interdisciplinary Collaboration
- Primary Contact: Aditya Muralidhar

  1. NAE Grand Scholars Program
    1. ​With team, meet with Dean Leo
    2. With team, complete application
    3. Timeline: Spring 2015/Summer 2015
  2. Open Doors Program
    1. Connect Entrepreneurs from different fields to prospectives at UGA
    2. Establish a network of entrepreneurs in STEM and at UGA
    3. Spring 2016
  3. Entrepreneurship Learning Community
    1. Analyze faculty’s willingness to form more learning communities where students with similar interests can be housed in the same location with specific opportunities to benefit them.
    2. Spring 2016
  4. Connect Entrepreneurial programs under the Thinc brand.
    1. Have Thinc. sponsor several entrepreneurship-related events all throughout the year.
    2. Expand Thinc Week to a year long ordeal with these events.
    3. Spring 2017

Create Opportunities for student I&E; Thinc-A-Thon
- Primary Contact: Gregory Wilson

  1. Establish Thinc-a-thon as the framework for conducting a hackathon or design thinking event on campus. 
    1. NCIIA Program grant for Thinc-a-thon: http://nciia.org/grants/courseandprogram/
    2. Provide opportunities to develop student e-teams to compete in NCIIA competitions
    3. Use qualitative and quantitative research methods to develop best practices for hosting entrepreneurship, innovation, and design thinking events on campus.
    4. Create a web platform for sharing projects, continuing collaborations, and recruiting new student team members post event
  2. ​Entrepreneurship Roadmap on Thinc site
  3. Develop curriculum to increase exposure to design thinking, entrepreneurship, and innovation principles
    1. Organize 3 popup classes for Fall 2014 (Design Thinking crash course, Startup Engineering, Rapid Prototyping) 
    2. Organize a Design Thinking First Year Odyssey for Fall 2014
    3. Collaborate with Stanford to bring online Design Thinking course to UGA
  4. Begin to organize a K-12 Entrepreneurship Week for 2015 
  5. Create a portable ideation lab that can be checked out by students and faculty to turn any room into an ideation space.
    1. Inspired by the MakeSpace book: http://dschool.stanford.edu/makespace/    
    2. Alternative solution: Design an ideation space in the library 

Thinc Week for Thinc@UGA

-Primary Contact: Fernando Cruz

1.Organize Thinc Week committee that connects faculty and students across campus

Records the faculty’s responsibilities and resources, along with matching students of similar interests with them.

2.Schedules and leads the committee meetings for this sector within Thinc.

3.Help committee members keep their commitments regarding lining up speakers or roles relating to the program

Act as key contact for headline speakers and creating the order of their presentations

  1. Reconciles the subject matter of the presentation to Thinc’s principals and mission of Thinc. week

4.Organize logistics on spaces, media, promotion, advertisements, and other event planning

Acts as the organizational and logistical muscle to execute Thinc Week

  1. Communicates with other sectors within Thinc coordinate the events that relate to branding and storytelling. 

Pop-Up Classes for Thinc@UGA

- Primary Contact: Heather Huynh

  1. Create Pop-Up Class Series that helps increase student participation in Thinc events
    1. Some grants from ICE (UGA Organization on campus)
    2. Provide opportunities for students to develop practical skills for the real world
    3. Create a web platform to help spread the basic structure for classes to other schools (similar to the website CSFirst has)
  2. Develop curriculum to increase exposure to design thinking, entrepreneurship, and innovation principles
    1. Organize 3 popup classes for Fall 2014 (Design Thinking crash course, Startup Engineering, Rapid Prototyping) 
    2. Organize a Design Thinking First Year Odyssey for Fall 2014
    3. Teach and organize classes 
  3. Extend classes to greater UGA community (including Athens high schools, Athens-area in general, etc)

University Innovation Fellows at UGA (Leadership Circle)

UGA's University Innovation Fellows are passionate self-starters who believe the University of Georgia can be a leader in innovation and entrepreneurship. Fellows come from diverse backgrounds representing different parts of campus including engineering, political science and policy studies, education and biochemistry. Learn more by clicking on each fellow's profile below!

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