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April 24, 2017 @ 12:00 pm EDT
April 25, 2017 @ 12:00 pm EDT
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Hilton Baton Rouge Capital Center
201 Lafayette Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70801 United States
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UIDP Academy: Innovation Centers Workshop

April 24, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - April 25, 2017 @ 12:00 pm EDT

This workshop will provide valuable insights into the organization, financing, management and strategic benefits of Innovation Centers.  The workshop will be highly participatory with case studies, discussion with experts who have created and managed innovation centers and exploration of issues such as design, finance and other human factor issues associated with successful execution of innovation centers.

Workshop Overview

The subject of innovation is ‘top of mind’ to practitioners in both the public and private sectors. It is well recognized that the collaboration necessary for effective innovation is a ‘full contact sport’ that requires close interaction. A leading practice in this space is the establishment of innovation centers where a diverse group of collaborators are brought together to facilitate this interaction. Such collaboration is a complex endeavor requiring alignment of goals, transparent decision-making and project selection processes, while enabling development of intellectual property that can be exploited to the advantage of all partners.

Registration is now closed.

Workshop Focus

The workshop will focus on three primary areas:

  1. Innovation Center Case Studies. Leaders of innovation centers from diverse areas will share the motivation, management and key learnings associated with innovation centers.
  2. Creating Innovation Centers. Innovation center leaders will discuss the ‘nuts and bolts’ associated with gaining support for, establishment of and ongoing management of innovation centers.
  3. Facilities design and finance. Establishing the innovation center, enlisting partners and establishing the management processes is only the beginning of the journey. To be successful the human factors associated with the facilities and mechanisms to fund the infrastructure must be optimized. Current trends and practices in these areas will be emphasized.

During these discussions key questions that will be addressed include:

  • Rationale and case for change in establishing an innovation center
  • Aligning of interests including vision, mission and objectives
  • Governance including leadership, decision making associated with funding and outcomes/accountability
  • Managing IP, confidentiality, data access and other information sharing
  • Key learnings and unexpected problems encountered



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Who Should Attend

This workshop is targeted to corporate and academic representatives with university engagement responsibilities and who are seeking new approaches to partnering and open innovation. This includes representatives of Legal Affairs, Economic development, Open Innovation, Procurement, Technical Scouts, and University Relations or anyone interested in leading practices in innovation and partnering.

In order to maximize direct engagement among attendees and speakers, attendance is limited.


Meeting Location: 
Hilton Baton Rouge Capital Center
201 Lafayette Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
Phone: 255-344-5866

Hilton Baton Rouge Capital Center
201 Lafayette Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
Phone: 255-344-5866
Book your room by April 2 to receive the special rate of $139 + tax, including breakfast.

Additional information can be found in the Logistics Memo.


Special thanks to the  The University Financing Foundation (TUFF) for it’s support of this UIDP Academy Workshop.

This UIDP Academy: Innovation Centers Workshop takes place immediately prior to UIDP24.

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