Whether it is a startup, spin-off, tech transfer licensing, or innovating an existing product within a small business, they all have a few essential patterns that need to be satisfied. In this course, we will quickly race through several patterns that will help shape how to think and act as an entrepreneur. The course will be action-oriented with exercises and for those who attend who have a business concept they may have the opportunity to refine and present a viable venture at the end of the course. For those who are only curious, they could assess quickly whether the skills and demands of being an entrepreneur are for them.
Participants with an existing spin-off venture would also benefit by testing whether they have addressed all the aspects of a business structure that is necessary for success.
Ray Garcia is the managing director of Buoyant Capital, a global peer advisory think tank that addresses the growth challenges of small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The firm coordinates its team of experts to help its clients improve competitiveness through talent management, global market expansion partnership access, technology asset management, capital investment and restructuring. Buoyant Capital was founded in 2000 in New York City, and has helped launch several start-up companies and works as an advisor to company founders, CEOs, and their investors. Ray has over 30 years of experience as a technology entrepreneur and as company CTO co-founder for four venture-backed companies. Earlier in his career, he worked as an executive for major banks including Citicorp, Republic National Bank (now HSBC), Bank of America, and as a technology consultant to several large US multinational corporations. In 2008, he was elected to serve as an executive-in-resident at MIT Media Lab. From 2010 to 2017, he served on the advisory board of Baruch College Field Center for Entrepreneurship. From 2011 to 2014, he taught an accelerated course in entrepreneurship at the University of Pisa, Italy, School of Economics, to PhD candidates and International MBA executives with a focus on innovation, technology transfer and venture spin-offs. From 2015 to 2018, he served as a business expert to EU Commission Horizon 2020 SME innovation instrument, where he evaluated commercialization grant proposals of technology ventures and coached company executives who received grant funding. He is an author of several books on entrepreneurship, and continues to start new ventures in partnership with his clients.