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The University of Oregon innovation and entrepreneurship landscape canvas has many opportunities. The University of Oregon currently has many silos of innovation around campus, including the Product Design Program, The Lindquist Center for Entrepreneurship, The Green Product Design Network, Innovation Partnership Services, and the Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network. The current, multi-faceted state of innovation and entrepreneurship on campus allows tremendous opportunities for crossover, collaboration and joint innovation. Our biggest opportunity on campus is integrating and connecting the right parties together to generate new innovations and collaborations between all of our silos. Students from all disciplines will play a vital role in making this conversation possible, and linking together the centers for innovation on campus, as well as bringing the vast campus resources to the attention of the general student body. This is our UIF mission at the University of Oregon.

Spring 2016

Spring 2017

Strategy #1: Facilitate University Research-Industry Collaboration

Tactic 1: Connect Innovation Partner Services with faculty across campus

The Innovation Partner Services office (formally tech transfer) is responsible for managing and distributing intellectual property that has come out of the university. While it is important students are aware of this office, it is often more important that faculty are aware of the office and it’s functions, so that the office can have longer lasting ties with departments.  


Spring 2016: Meet with IPS office to discuss what they think faculty would most want to hear about
Summer 2016: Meet with stakeholders in different departments and discuss their wants from IPS
Fall 2016: With IPS, hold a series of seminars with different departments where students and faculty can learn about intellectual property, and how to manage it

Tactic 2: Connect local industry leaders to university faculty and students

Innovations come from many people’s good ideas.  Sometimes you may not know an idea is useful unless you talk to people.  We would like to enhance communication between local industry leaders, students, and staff in order for people to talk about what they do, ideas they have, and problems they have.

Overview: To accomplish this, we would organize a symposia (or poster session)  for researchers (students and staff) to talk about their research.  Local industry leaders would be invited so that they could share their insight.


Spring 2016: Identify and discuss idea with faculty in the physical sciences and product design.
Summer 2016: Identify and discuss idea with industry leaders in the Willamette Valley and Portland area
Fall 2016: Secure funding from the various departments, and the office of innovation
Fall 2016:Find and secure venue
Fall 2016: Receive commitment from students and staff to participate, secure materials
Winter 2016:  Send invitations to industry and hold event

Strategy #2: Leverage coursework and projects to drive entrepreneurship and innovation

Students are already doing amazing things in the classroom, finding and solving problems throughout their coursework. Unfortunately, problem solving is currently limited to the classroom. When potential solutions are found for real world problems, these solutions are left in the classroom only to satisfy course-specific goals. Additionally, the same world problems are perpetuated to each incoming class and reiterated without examining the previous years’ worth of work and input.

Tactic 1: Faculty and Staff involvement

Overview: Faculty are the individuals on the ground developing class content and assignments. However many faculty are unaware of the resources on campus and the potential of their classes for innovation. Entrepreneurship and innovation need to be factors that they consider when designing projects. This will require extensive conversation with faculty by the Innovation Fellows.


Spring 2016: Identify courses with possible strong innovation focus and contact faculty.
Spring and Summer 2016: Meet with faculty to talk about innovation in class
Summer 2016: Persuade faculty to include a talk about innovation and include clause in projects with innovation potential. This clause would provide information about innovation on campus and how to finance or prototype their ideas (maker spaces or Spark Grants).
Fall 2016 - Spring 2017: Continue consulting with faculty on incorporating innovation/real world problems into projects and using previous classes work in future class.

Tactic 2: Student Awareness

Overview:Students themselves are the most powerful innovators on campus and are completing the classwork. Many students complete the classwork with the sole goal of finishing the class and may miss the real world applications along the way. This may also be because students are not aware that their are campus resources for them to take their ideas outside of the classroom. In some cases resources are not available to all students. This may be discouraging knowing that resources only become available at a senior level.


Spring 2016: Conduct research on student awareness of campus resources
Spring 2016: Brainstorm events to enhance visibility of campus resources to students
Fall 2016: Have campus resources placed in course materials (syllabus, project descriptions)
Fall 2016: Make current resources accessible to all students.

Strategy #3 Workshop Series to Teach Innovation and Entrepreneurship

In order to get more students to be interested in consistently coming to a workshop series to learn entrepreneurial skills we will use the effort of the students to solve a real world problem that students are passionate about.

Tactic 1:  Develop a workshop series that will teach innovation and entrepreneurship by solving a real world problem

Overview: We want to determine what students are excited about in order to gain more support and consistant attendance.


Spring 2016: Have one workshop that will start brainstorming on issues that students would like to research
Spring 2016: Determine faculty that are in favor of this idea and could publicize the group in their classes
Spring 2016: Find a central space on campus that this event can be held
Summer 2016: Make a schedule for the 2016-2017 academic year

Tactic 2: Develop a workshop series that will teach innovation and entrepreneurship by focusing on commercializing research that is done on campus

Overview: This tactic will rely more on also getting faculty closely involved in the development of the series


Spring 2016: Have one workshop that will gauge interest in research performed on campus
Spring 2016: Determine faculty that are in favor of this idea and could publicize the group in their classes
Spring 2016: Find a central space on campus that this event can be held
Summer 2016: Make a schedule for the 2016-2017 academic year
Strategy #4 Build and expand the Entrepreneurship Club
In order for students to be more driven, confident and willing to be innovative we must provide a place that promotes and incubates innovation.

Tactic 1:  Re-Brand / Re-Build the club

Overview: We don't want the club to only represent Business and Computer Science students so we need to change the clubs physical image.


Spring 2017: Get elected into the executive team.
Spring 2017: Determine new club name, meeting locations, and brand for the upcoming year.
Spring 2017: Promote the new ideas to current members.
Fall 2017: Implement the new plan and club.

Tactic 2: Make the club a place where resources could easily be found.

Overview: This tactic will rely on building outside connections with local businesses, mentors, and entrepreneurs as well as business incubators and accelorators.


Spring 2017: Prep the clubs website for links to future resource opportunities.
Spring 2017: Connect with local people and resources that could help students be more driven and innovative so that when the new year starts we have already establised our main network.
Fall 2017: Put all resource links onto the club website.
Winter 2017: Provide useful workshops that will benefit students

Strategy #5 Create a website that houses a diverse amount of resources with student podcasts and videoblogs on innovation and entrepreneurship  

In order to make students more aware of the resources they have on campus and within the community and to be inspired to use these resources, a go-to one-stop website would allow accessability and motivation for students to become more innovative and think entrepreneurally to help them get to where they want to go. 

Tactic 1: Develop a website with strong opening content that is easily navigated by students.


Winter 2018: Outline the functions of our website
Winter 2018: Connect with a web developer to design our website

​Tactic 2: Gather beginning content and get faculty on board


Winter 2018: Partner with the University for support
Spring 2018: Gather content for the page
Spring 2018:  Market and test

Tactic 3: Retain use of the website


Spring 2018: Gather Feedback
Continue updating content

Spring 2018

Strategy #6 Connect students & faculty across disciplines by consolidating information about potential collaborators 

Tactic 1: Develop an app (CollabUO or CollabU) that allows prospective collaborators to search for other collaborators on campus by service needed or mission (think Handshake for collaborators).

​Tactic 2: Hold special events connected to the app such as: quarterly meet-ups for prospective collaborators where they give 5-minute pitches to others in attendance; focus groups to improve the app; a collaborator’s fair in which various UO organizations table, pitch their work/needs, and give talks on topics related to collaboration; app designers could participate in the UO Innovation Summit.

Strategy #7 Promote inclusivity and acceptance in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Tactic 1: Host philosophy style discussions about what innovation and entrepreneurship means and how students can access resources to act on their ideas.

​Tactic 2: A mentorship program to connect individuals who have experience in innovation and entrepreneurship at the UO with students who are interested entrepreneurship (we should strive for this program to be as interdisciplinary as possible!)

Strategy #8 Expedite interdisciplinary collaboration across the university

Tactic 1: Connect students and faculty across disciplines through innovation and entrepreneurial workshops.

​Tactic 2: Facilitate a collaborative mindset by easy access to of existing research/projects on campus.

Strategy #9 Facilitate communication between leaders of innovation and entrepreneurship and students

Tactic 1: Send out documents for faculty and staff to see who would want to participate in a mentorship program and facilitate matching students and faculty.

​Tactic 2: Have faculty write down all experiences and strengths and allow students to see the diversity of training/skills different faculty acquired in their career.

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