About the Innovation & Technology Commercialization Professional Program

The Innovation & Technology Commercialization Professional (ITCP) Program was created by Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive university-based program of technology commercialization and economic development. The ITCP Program offers virtual courses designed for innovation professionals. This self-paced course teaches fundamental technology transfer and commercialization best practices with a unique perspective on developing and strengthening innovation ecosystems worldwide. Dates for future cohorts in English, Chinese, French, and Spanish will be listed below.

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Why? Associate Level Course Overview

How can innovation professionals support bringing brilliant ideas to market when they don’t share a common language of commercialization? The Associate Level ITCP Course is the first of a series of commercialization courses created by Georgia Tech’s innovation practitioners and administered by the Enterprise Innovation Institute to address this concern.

Universities and research institutes are faced with growing pressure to demonstrate the economic impact of their work and are hiring an increasing number of innovation professionals to meet this need. Meanwhile, the private, public, and non-profit sectors face increased pressure to be innovative and are seeking technology expertise to stay cutting-edge.

Currently, this broad collection of professionals does not use a standardized vocabulary to communicate and does not use common tools to collaborate and cooperate, dampening their potential impact. To respond to this challenge, the ITCP course was created with the purpose of educating the next generation of innovation and technology commercialization professionals. ITC professionals generally fall into one of two broad categories:

  • A group that fosters the effective creation of inventions, ideas, and innovations at universities and research institutes for commercial or societal impact; or
  • A group that is engaged in the associated innovation ecosystems, programs, policies, or strategies to identify, guide, and advance promising opportunities to local, regional, and global markets.

It is important to recognize that each of these groups relies on the other for success, so they must be able to work with and learn from each other. That is why the ITCP Course was created: to teach common approaches, techniques, and terminology.

Delivered online, the course is intended to provide researchers, innovators, technology transfer professionals, technology commercialization professionals, and others in the field with a fundamental understanding of how to

  1. feed more innovation and talent into research institutions and the local innovation ecosystem,
  2. energize technology transfer practices with leading-edge commercialization methods to ensure that more innovation is successfully commercialized in the market and society,
  3. nurture the growth of local innovation ecosystems across a country to stimulate commercialization between industry, academia, government, and startups, and
  4. foster cross-border collaborations to move innovation into global markets.

Georgia Tech Program Management Team

Meet our experts:

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David Bridges

Position: Instructor

David Bridges is the Vice President for the Enterprise Innovation Institute at Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia Advanced Technology Ventures. Previously, David served as the Director of the EI2’s Economic Development Lab which advises governments and universities, both in the U.S. and around the globe, on innovation-led economic development initiatives (ILED). ILED activities foster collaborations among informal network players such as governments at all levels, universities, corporations, startups businesses, entrepreneurs, and entrepreneurial support organizations to drive the development of startup ecosystems. Our practice focuses on maximizing the building blocks of startups, sources of innovation and sources of talent, and focusing the collective effort required to enable the success of these valuable startups. As Associate Vice President for International Initiatives, he has been engaged in innovation ecosystem projects in Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Mr. Bridges has been a member of EI2 for over 23 years. In that time, he has gained experience managing programs around technology commercialization, co-development research, SBIR grants, seed fund management, international commercialization, incubation, acceleration, proof-of-concept centers, cluster development, university innovation centers, and innovation ecosystem. In total, Mr. Bridges has led, co-led or advised on proposals resulting in over $42 million in innovation related grants for Georgia Tech.

Juli Golemi

Director, EI² Global

Juli Golemi

Position: Director, EI² Global

Juli Golemi is the Director of Innovation Ecosystems at the Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI²). She is an economist with over fifteen years of experience in economic/fiscal impact analysis and compilation of qualitative and quantitative data for organizations with a focus on improving local and state economies. Juli has expertise in turning complex data into information that leads to strategic decisions and the realization of aggressive goals. She has been engaged in economic development projects for more than a decade and her recent work is focused on innovation-led economic development projects, focusing primarily on the assessment of communities’ innovation ecosystems and entrepreneurship programming needs. In her current role, Juli has led collaborative projects across EI2 with the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC). Prior to joining EI², Ms. Golemi was the Director and Economist of the Economic Strategy Center, an economic development research and analysis firm where she managed a variety of projects including economic and fiscal analysis, benchmarking analysis, and program performance evaluations.

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Lynne Henkiel

Position: Instructor

Former Director of Innovation Ecosystem (now known as EI2 Global) in the Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2)  

Lynne Henkiel is the former director of the Innovation Ecosystems team at the Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2). She has been involved in developing EI²’s Innovative Ecosystems development practices, aiding communities to develop their entrepreneur base through research and education.  She has also been the developer for the incubation assessments tool, and she has been instrumental in developing the Georgia Tech Soft Landings program for international companies looking to grow and expand into the U.S. market.  Her early career at Georgia Tech focused on commercializing innovations from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Stennis Space Center, and Marshall Space Flight Center. Within her responsibilities of working with startup companies that licensed NASA technology, she worked in partnership with startup entrepreneurs to overcome many of the early pitfalls of starting a technology business. She also managed the dual-use industry partnerships for NASA Marshall involving both large and startup businesses.    

She also served as a professor of practice teaching a U.S. Expansion Practicum at the Scheller College of Business, partnering MBA students with successful Georgia Tech alumni for their business expansion initiatives. Finally, she is a popular speaker on innovation practices for communities looking to expand their economic goals through startup companies and entrepreneurs.  Lynne serves on the boards of the Technology Association of Georgia International Society, and the International Business Innovation Association.  Lynne holds an M.S. in the Management of Technology from the University of Miami, Florida, and she had an extensive career in finance with IBM prior to joining Georgia Tech.

In 2023, Lynne Henkiel retired after 22 years of service to Georgia Tech.


Doreen Kincaid

Position: Program Manager

Ms. Kincaid joined the Economic Development Lab at EI2 in 2018.  She brings with her 10 plus years of experience in various project roles.  EI2, she has been responsible for managing the FEMA Climate Resilience grant, FEMA Recovery & Resilience grant, Enterprise 6 and Innovation Intern programs, hosting delegations for workshops and immersion programs from Central America, South America and Africa, fostering the development of an internal customer relationship management system, and supporting EDL’s continuing education programs.

Prior to joining EI2, she worked for Georgia State University, ING Americas, Coca-Cola Company and Federal Reserve Bank.  She holds a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Project Management.

Lauren Lange

Program Mananger

Lauren Lange

Position: Program Mananger

Lauren Lange is a program manager in Innovation Ecosystems within the Economic Development Lab. She supports the Innovation & Technology Commercialization Professional (ITCP) Program by teaching guest lectures and hosting interactive sessions for clients.  Additionally, Lauren manages the ITCP Internship Program, which recruits talented student employees to support ITCP’s multilingual course offerings while gaining valuable career experience in innovation. In addition to the ITCP Program, Lauren supports the Soft Landings Program and other Innovation Ecosystem initiatives. She joined the team after seven years of working in entrepreneurial education at the Advanced Technology Development Center, Georgia’s state startup incubator.

Lauren earned her undergraduate degree in International Affairs and Chinese from the Sam Nunn School at Georgia Tech. While completing her bachelor’s, she interned at the Georgia Department of Economic Development and The Carter Center – China Program.  She earned her master’s degree from Georgia Tech in International Affairs, specializing in global development and science and technology.

Xinying Lin

Program Manager

Xinying Lin

Position: Program Manager

Xinying is an associate project manager with Innovation Ecosystems group at the Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2), the economic development and extension arm of the Georgia Institute of Technology. In this role, she assists projects that foster and develop professionals in technology transfer and commercialization in innovation ecosystems in different regions. 

Xinying obtained an M.S. degree in Global Media and Culture and a B.S. degree in Global Economics and Modern Languages from Georgia Institute of Technology. 

Brandy Nagel

Program Manager

Brandy Nagel

Position: Program Manager

Brandy Nagel is a program manager with Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2) Global team. In this role, she works with communities and organizations around the world to drive innovation-led economic development. As an entrepreneurship educator, Nagel helps both new and established businesses identify customer segments, distribution channels, and potential partners to grow their businesses. With a focus on innovation and revenue diversification, Nagel works with business owners large and small to develop new business models. She has been involved in university commercialization programs since 2012, working with students, faculty, and staff on spinning up technology-based startups. In addition to her work with early-stage entrepreneurs, she nurtures mentor networks and faculty learning communities focused on entrepreneurship and innovation. Her recent projects include teaching a faculty development program on innovation and entrepreneurship, delivering a workshop on business model canvas and customer discovery, developing a mentor network to support a community of entrepreneurs, and establishing an entrepreneurship support program at an underserved community center.

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Monica Novoa

Position: Instructor

Monica Novoa is a Program Manager and Research Faculty with Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2). Monica started her career in higher education in 2008 at the School of Management of The University of San Francisco in California where she co-led the creation of a new entrepreneurship education department.  She joined the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) in 2013 where she oversaw domestic and international offerings of the Stanford Ignite Program, the GSB’s flagship certificate program in innovation and entrepreneurship. Monica specializes in the design, development, and implementation of entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology commercialization programs. She has worked with universities, governments, non-profit organizations and private sector and created training experiences tailored to each organization’s needs. Monica earned an M.B.A degree with a concentration in Finance and Marketing from The University of San Francisco, and a Bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering from Universidad de Oriente in Venezuela.


Viviana Montenegro

Position: Program Manager

Viviana is an Associate Program Manager and Research Faculty I in the Economic Development Lab at Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2), where she assists with projects that foster and strengthen innovation ecosystems, entrepreneurship, technology commercialization, and economic development in different regions in the U.S.A. and worldwide. Under this capacity, she works with diverse partners such as universities, university business incubators, non-profit organizations, economic development agencies, and the private sector.

Viviana previously worked for G3ict, The Global Initiative for Inclusive Technologies, where she oversaw the data collection and analysis for the DARE Index and the CRPD Progress Report Project on ICT Accessibility. Prior to that, she served as Director of Economic Development at CIFAL Atlanta, the North American affiliate of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), where she managed the capacity building Global Airport Programs implemented for government officials, airport authorities, and businessmen from developing countries to promote economic development around the world. Viviana holds an M.A. degree in Public Administration from San Francisco State University in California, a Diploma in Business Management and Administration from Universidad de Chile, and a bachelor’s degree in Translation from Universidad Católica de Chile.


Alberto Ponce

Position: Program Manager

Alberto Ponce is an associate project manager in Innovation Ecosystems within the Economic Development Lab. In this role, he will be supporting projects that further economic development efforts in Latin America, as well as supporting the Soft Landings program, helping foreign companies firmly establish themselves in the U.S Market.

Alberto has experience running entrepreneurship programs, previously serving as the Innovation Center Coordinator for the Medical Center of the Americas in El Paso, Texas. He is a Native from Mexico, where he received his bachelor’s degree from the Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez.

Krystle Richardson

Program Operations Manager

Krystle Richardson

Position: Program Operations Manager

Krystle Richardson is the Program Operations Manager for EI2 Global, a department of the Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2), the economic development and technology extension arm of Georgia Tech. In her role, she is responsible for managing the Enterprise 6 Internship Program, hosting international delegations for workshops and immersion programs, and supporting EI2 Global’s continuing education programs.

Krystle Richardson has an undergraduate degree in Communication Arts from Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL., and a dual MSc degree in International Applied Communication from the University of Central Lancashire in the United Kingdom and Hogeschool Utrecht in the Netherlands.

Krystle Richardson has more than 10 years of experience working in the fields of health and education working at organizations such as Morehouse School of Medicine, Grady Health System, and the American Heart Association prior to joining Georgia Tech.

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Carl A. Rust

Guest Instructor
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Carl A. Rust

Position: Guest Instructor

Carl A. Rust is the Executive Director of Industry Engagement and Business Development at the University of Massachusetts System. Previously, he was the Principal Director in the Office of Industry Collaboration at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he was responsible for pursuing the university’s industry-university collaboration, entrepreneurship, commercialization, innovation, and economic development goals. He also served as the Innovation Ecosystem Director for the Center for Cell Manufacturing Technologies (CMaT), an Engineering Research Center (ERC) of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

His prior industrial experience includes serving as an engineering manager at Texas Instruments and co-founding four technology-based start-up companies. He has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from The Citadel and has seventeen publications. Carl was a 2014 Fulbright award recipient to study the higher education and research system of France. He sits on the advisory boards of the Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies (CDAIT), Southeastern Nanotechnology Infrastructure Corridor (SENIC), and The Citadel’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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Jan Youtie

Position: Instructor

Former Director of Policy Research Services in the Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2)  

Jan Youtie, Ph.D, was the director of Policy Research Services at the Enterprise Innovation Institute at Georgia Institute of Technology.  She was the director of the Technology Policy Assessment Center and co-directed the Program in Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy. Her research focused on advanced manufacturing, innovation and research systems assessment, emerging technology identification, bibliometric and patent analysis, and innovation and knowledge measurement and evaluation. Her work has been sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Science Foundation, European Commission, Expertenkommission Forschung und Innovation, U.N. Development Program, and the Georgia Research Alliance among others.   

Jan was a country correspondent for the European research and innovation policy networks ERAWATCH and PROINNOWATCH, TrendChart (2007-2013). She co-led the project Institutions for Technology Diffusion (2015) for the Inter-American Development Bank. She was a co-author for the OECD 2017 report The Next Production Revolution: Implications for Governments and Business, (243-270). She was a moderator and expert providing input to the National Science Foundation’s innovation survey workshop (2018).  

Jan’s research received the Lang Rosen Gold Award for best article from the Journal of Technology Transfer, and it also has appeared in Research Policy, Economic Development Quarterly, Technovation, Research Evaluation, Nature Nanotechnology, and other journals. She has been recognized as one of the top authors in technology and innovation management research by the International Association of Management of Technology. She holds a doctorate in political science from Emory University.  

In 2022, Jan retired after 30 years of service to Georgia Tech’s economic development efforts in Georgia and around the world.

Who Is Attending ITCP?

This course is designed for innovation professionals from universities and research institutes, but also innovation stakeholders across public, private, and non-profit sectors too. Below are some examples of who could benefit from the course:

Research LeadershipProfessors and InstructorsManagers of ProgramsReal Estate ManagersOther Leaders
ResearcherEntrepreneurshipIncubatorResearch ParkLawyer
Lab ManagerInnovation & DesignAcceleratorInnovation DistrictInvestor
AdministratorCapstoneMaker SpaceDeveloperPublic Policy
Principal InvestigatorIntellectual PropertyProof-of-Concept CenterScience ParkBroker
Tech Transfer and CommercializationDean & Department HeadEntrepreneurs-in-ResidenceUniversity ParkEconomic Development
Industry-University CollaborationTeaching AssistantMentor & Advisor & ConvenerEntrepreneur

Key Benefits

Participants in this course will acquire the working knowledge and skills to return to their respective organizations and become agents of change. After learning from the lectures, participants will put theory into practice, through engaging video lectures and assignments and will leave the program equipped with the frameworks, methodologies, tools, and a mindset to create, support, sustain, and advance innovation.

Participants will:

  • Broaden their knowledge of technology commercialization, methodologies, and techniques used in advanced and developing economies.
  • Learn about the commercialization pathway from research and ideation to innovation to commercialization in the market or society.
  • Learn skills to progress throughout their career
  • Develop potential networking opportunities with others in this field (locally + globally)
  • Receive professional certification showing their knowledge in the industry from Georgia Tech
Program LogisticsThe instruction at the Associate Level of the ITCP Course will primarily be asynchronous remote learning that includes online reading with examples/case studies from around the world, instructional lecture videos with copies of presentations, instructor-moderated forums for peer-to-peer learning and professional networking, and a final exam for assessment of student learning.
Admission and RegistrationProgram participants will be registered as students of the Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE) Institute. Upon successful completion of the course, GTPE will issue an official certificate of completion to each student which is recognized and verified by the Registrar’s Office of the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Learning PlatformThe ITCP Course is delivered through the Canvas platform, a course management system that supports online learning and teaching. Participants will use Canvas to access the course content, video lectures, reading assignments, to join live sessions, and to interact with instructors, etc.
Program DatesThe Associate Level ITCP Course is administered through a cohort system. Each cohort receives a minimum instruction period of 2 months (8 consecutive weeks from the start date of the course).
Program SupplementsWhile the course content will be delivered through asynchronous video lectures, these lectures may be supplemented by virtual, synchronous sessions with instructors and special guests.
ITCP China

The Associate Level Innovation and Technology Commercialization Professional (ITCP) course has been created by the Enterprise Innovation Institute at Georgia Tech with the addition of best practices and the APEC Handbook from ITTN, the International Technology Transfer Network. Delivered online, the course targets Chinese professionals with 0 to 2 years of relevant professional experience. It is intended to provide Chinese researchers, innovators, technology transfer professionals, technology commercialization professionals, and others in the field. EI2 conducted four pilot cohorts from March through June 2021 that were bilingual, English/Chinese.  In total, 785 learners completed the ITCP Course during the pilot and received a certificate from Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE).

ITCP Tunisia

The Enterprise Innovation Institute ran a customized cohort of the ITCP Program in collaboration with the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) at the U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Agency for Scientific Research and Promotion (ANPR) in Tunisia. This cohort, also known as ITCP Tunisia, ran from July 26 to December 16, 2022 and had an additional focus on facilitating networking between the learners. Thirty-four Tunisian innovation professionals participated in this intimate cohort. Exam results, surveys, and follow-up interviews indicate that the majority found it to be an educational experience and useful for their future careers.

Success Story and Testimonials

Success Story: Innovation Commercialization Technology Commercialization for Professionals Pilot Course in China

Customer Profile

The Economic Development Lab in the Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2) at Georgia Tech recently developed and launched the Associate Level Innovation and Technology Commercialization Professional (ITCP) course through Tech’s Professional Education program.

This asynchronous course contains the latest instruction of best practices in technology commercialization and utilizes the Asia Pacific Economic Council (APEC)’s Handbook specifically developed for its members’ use and reference of technology commercialization practices. The International Technology Transfer Network (ITTN) developed this handbook at the request of the APEC. The Georgia Tech ITCP course launched its pilot cohort in March 2021. Working with ITTN, EDL was able to create the course and translate it into the Mandarin language for the Chinese speaking population that was identified as the intended test audience. Delivered on-line in China, the course targets Chinese professionals with two years or less of relevant professional experience in the field of technology commercialization. It is intended to provide Chinese researchers, innovators, technology transfer professionals, technology commercialization professionals, and others in the field with a fundamental understanding of how to:

  1. feed more innovation and talent into research institutions and the local innovation ecosystem,
  2. energize technology transfer practices with leading edge commercialization methods to insure that more innovation is successfully commercialized in the market and society in an equitable manner,
  3. nurture the growth of local innovation ecosystems across a country to stimulate commercialization between industry, academia, government, and startups, and
  4. foster cross-border collaborations to move innovation into global markets. The educational materials will be applicable to professionals regardless of size of economy, development status, and location (Asia, Europe, Africa, Americas, Oceania).


China was selected as the pilot location for a variety of both strategic and opportunistic reasons. China is a rapidly growing market for technology commercialization professionals with well over 100,000 potential ITCP students.  As the world’s two leading economies, it is critical that the United States and China work together in practical ways to establish globally accepted best practices. This can be accomplished through the ITCP training program. The U.S. State Department, Tech’s EI2, and the International Technology Transfer Network (ITTN) were closely involved in developing and vetting the APEC Handbook of Technology Commercialization which has been a key underpinning of the pilot ITCP program. This handbook establishes a consensus on some of the most important terminology, best practices, and know-how for innovation and technology commercialization professionals around the world. In addition, the ITCP program is strategically aligned with Georgia Tech’s commitment to global service, international impact, and economic development. While the pilot course was launched in China, the intent is to establish the ITCP program as an international standard to level the playing field for smaller and less developed countries. These objectives are directly connected to the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. Particularly, goal 4 – to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all; goal 8 – to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all; goal 9 – to  build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation; and goal 17 – to strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development, convergence of unique capabilities, global connections, and impactful opportunities. Finally, China is a thought and opinion leader in the region which could lead to a rapid and smooth expansion of ITCP to other Asia Pacific countries.


As one of the largest and most comprehensive, university-based organizations in the world focused on the practice of innovation-led economic development and technology commercialization, Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute is globally recognized and uniquely qualified to champion the ITCP program. Additionally, Georgia Tech Professional Education has instructional design capabilities and technical framework for developing and delivering asynchronous remote learning at the scale needed in China. The city of Shenzhen is home to one of Georgia Tech’s flagship international campuses outside of Atlanta; the ITCP program will bring added reputational awareness and potential collaborations to this campus from across China. As Chinese is one of the strategic languages taught by Georgia Tech’s School of Modern Languages, the ITCP program will provide practical, cross-cultural, and enriching experiences for Tech graduate students learning Chinese, especially students enrolled in the Global Media and Cultures program.


Through this collaboration, the EI2 and ITTN teams have asynchronously executed four pilot cohorts containing 960 total students coming mainly from technology (40 percent), university, research and development (17 percent) and government (12 percent) careers. With an average student age of 36, and with more than half of all students having less than 5 years of experience, this program has been validated by its initial targeted audience. Even though this course targets students with almost no experience, students with vast experience also benefited from the course structure and content and reported they were not previously exposed to a formal and standardized course that covered the main topics a technology transfer professional should know. In terms of gender, the course has been almost equally attended by highly educated males and female students, with 11 percent of all students who participated in the pilot programs having a doctorate degree, 52 percent earning a master’s degree, and 31% having a bachelor’s degree. The role of entrepreneurs and startups in an innovation ecosystem (52 percent) and the role of universities and research institutes in an innovation ecosystem (57 percent) have been the two most learned topics and skills among the enrolled students.  Over 79% of the total students graduating from the ITCP course stated that they are extremely likely (42 percent) and very likely (37 percent) to recommend this course.

In total, 785 Chinese learners have completed the ITCP Course to date and received a certificate from Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE).

Based on the positive feedback and interest in the technology commercialization topic expressed by the Chinese students, a principal level and senior level is under consideration for future development.

Part of our Target Audiences for the ITCP Course: 2021 Teacher Training Course on Transformation of Scientific and Technological Achievements, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Higher Education
Part of our Target Audiences for the ITCP Course: 2021 Teacher Training Course on Transformation of Scientific and Technological Achievements, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Higher Education

Yiyan Liu: CEO of US-China Innovation Alliance

Comments: “For the current associate level course, it has been well done and the information is very comprehensive. The course structure is also very good and quite clear. The breakdown of lecturers is also quite good, each lecturer has his/her own area of expertise and characteristics. The lectures are easy to digest and understand.”

–          From Focus Group Interview

Jingxin Chen: Professor of Vehicle Engineering and Mechanical Manufacturing in Yangzhou University

Comments: “It is a great honor to have the opportunity to participate in such a wonderful program of “ITCP” held by your university. The whole program is rich in content, and each teaching link has been carefully designed. The content taught by each teacher is very wonderful, the translation is accurate, and the extracurricular reading materials are diversified and informative.”

–          From Email

Qian Geng:

Comments: “This method system is very good and very practical. It is very helpful for those who want to start a business, those who are starting a business, and those who have already done it under the existing system of a large company.”

–          From Survey

Yiyin Xu: International Technology Transfer Technology Manager of Changzhou Engineering and Technology Institute of Jiangsu University

Comments: “Every lecturer gives clear presentations with their own characteristics. Thanks for all lecturers! I in particular prefer the lectures given by Prof. McGreggor and Ms. Nagel for I can sense their passions for innovation and in sharing their experience in tech commercialisation practices. Lively and touching lectures^_^ And the overall online learning experience is very good. Thanks for your excellent service for integrating these important learning modules and providing intime feedback and translations. Hopefully we can meet in the future.”

–          From Survey

Course Structure Specifics


The course is delivered asynchronously by the EI2 team, Economic Development Lab’s instructors on the learning management system, CANVAS. It has been structured in 8 modules including a total of 24 lectures. Each module contains video lectures, exercises, case studies, readings, and practical quizzes. The estimated duration of the course has been set for 6 weeks with an average of student working time on CANVAS of approximately 30 hours. The course finishes with a final exam of 50 questions with the minimum passing grade requirement of 70%. After the student takes the exam and obtains a minimum of 70% or above they are eligible to receive their digital certificate completion through the Canvas system.

Lecture Components

The course is composed of 8 modules; Module 1 is the introduction to the course and module 8 is a concluding session summarizing the main topics covered. Twenty-four lectures are organized under six modules and each lecture contains the same basic elements:

  1. a video lecture,
  2. a case study,
  3.  an experiential exercise (optional),
  4. other suggested readings or web content, and
  5. a quiz.

Lecture Length

The average lecture length lasts 1 hour each including video lecture, case study, experiential exercise, other readings or videos, and the quiz.

Module Outline

Module 1.0: Overview of Course

The 20-hour, on-line course contains six main modules which cover the commercialization pathway from research and ideation to innovation to commercialization in the market or society.  The content is not specific to practitioners in any single country, but it applies globally to practitioners from across all countries.

There are several reasons why this course is different from all other technology transfer courses.  It discusses unique concepts such as:

  • How governments, research institutions, industry, and entrepreneurial communities can infuse more quality innovation into the commercialization pathway for their country,
  • How research institutions can revolutionize the structure, function, and commercialization output of traditional technology transfer offices,
  • How research institutions can engage and build local innovation ecosystems around their institutions to enhance commercialization outcomes, and
  • How research institutions participation in cross-border collaborations on research, talent development, innovation, and access to markets can improve global commercialization activity for the benefit of all.
Module 2.0: Introduction to Technology Commercialization

This introductory lecture defines technology commercialization and its interrelationship with technology transfer.  It describes the application of modern technology commercialization practices toward the optimization of commercialization activity in the market or society.  Finally, it provides an overview of the importance of robust innovation ecosystems and cross-border collaborations in research, innovation, and commercialization.

Module 3.0: Introduction to Feedstock for Technology Commercialization

This module is a series of six lectures on the essential feedstocks of commercialization: research, talent, and innovation.  Topics covered include policy initiatives, government and industry research funding, government and industry collaborations, innovation approaches, innovation models, responsible innovation, and talent development.  As a participant, you will gain an understanding of how ideas move from minds and labs toward something with commercial potential.

  1. Government and Industry Research – Sources of research funding, the relationship between research, innovation, talent, and commercial outcomes
  2. Innovation Approaches – How corporations, small and medium enterprises, and startups approach innovation
  3. Innovation Models – Review of several innovation models such as open innovation, disruptive innovation, frugal innovation, and innovation prizes
  4. Responsible Innovation – Overview of the definition and methodologies and an exercise on the practice of responsible innovation
  5. Nurturing Talent – Various approaches to developing innovation and entrepreneurial talent in communities, research institutions, and industry
  6. Talent Development – A review of creative approaches to developing and nurturing innovative ideas which include design thinking, agile development, and lean startup
Module 4.0: Introduction to Traditional Technology Transfer Practice

There are numerous organizations which will provide country specific training on technology transfer which is in keeping with country or regional laws.  This field is very complex and its totality is not within the scope of this course.  However, this series of four lectures provides a basic overview of the technology transfer process within a research institution, including ideas on how to set-up a technology transfer office.  It is important for you, the participant, to understand these concepts, as technology transfer is an important part of the overall commercialization pathway from idea to market or society.

  1. What is Intellectual Property – A review of basic definition and concepts, plus an overview of variables to consider when forming a Technology Transfer Office
  2. Typical Process for Intellectual Property Protection – An overview of the process from in-reach into the laboratory to disclosure to protection
  3. Traditional Technology Transfer – Discusses transfer practices after intellectual property protection which includes assessment of the market, valuation, marketing, and the legal transfer
  4. Top Best Practices – The International Technology Transfer Organization (ITTN) has captured technology transfer practices from 100 research organizations from around the world which will be summarized in this lecture
Module 5.0: Introduction to Technology Commercialization Stage 1 – From Innovation to License/ Spin-off

In 2011, a new process was being piloted in the United States, to apply lean startup principles to the evaluation and often redirection of research and innovation towards a commercial or societal application.  In short, these principles were being applied to increase the conversion of government research funding for research institutions into solutions that benefit society.  Georgia Tech was one of the first two universities to undertake the pilot within its VentureLab faculty and student accelerator.  These six lectures will cover important lean startups principles and how they can impact commercial outcomes.  As a participant, you will be able to understand the basic principles of lean startup and its application in the transformation of technology transfer into technology commercialization.

Tech Transfer Revolutionized by Customer Inquiry – Topics include evidenced-based entrepreneurship, Lean Start-up, and the revolution for technology transfer offices which followed

Technology Commercialization Outcomes – A review of various technology transfer outcomes, beyond licensing to existing firms, which were expanded by the adoption of lean startup principles: license to research institution spin-offs and co-development agreements between the research institution and industry or startups

  1. Discovery and Validation, Part 1 – The importance of intellectual property, finance, technology, market, and people in the process
  2. Discovery and Validation, Part 2 – A special focus on Business Model Canvas (BMC) elements of value proposition, minimal viable product, and product market fit
  3. Moving from Lab toward Market/ Society – A special focus on seed funding, milestones, and government policy
  4. Company Creation – A special focus on company creation, first customers, funding, production, and team development
Module 6.0: Introduction to Technology Commercialization Stage 2 – Pathways to Market/ Society

Once an innovation leaves a research institution, it must survive the transition from lab to marketplace.  There are various pathways to the market or society which depend on where the technology is licensed.  In this series of four lectures, we will examine the different pathways that corporations, startups, governments, and non-profits take in getting to the market or society.  As a participant, you will gain an understanding of the challenges faced by various types of entities which launch new innovations.  This will give you a greater understanding of the larger context of the commercialization pathway, and how you may support this external effort.

  1. Various Pathways to Market or Society – Overview of possible pathways for societal non-profits, corporations, startups, and governments
  2. Special Focus on Corporate Commercialization – Discusses internal development, license, co-development, investment, and acquisition
  3. Special Focus on Startup Commercialization – A review of various company building strategies
  4. Special Focus on Societal non-profits – An overview of approaches and a case study
Module 7.0: Introduction to Technology Commercialization Opportunities for Research Institutions within Innovation Ecosystems and Across Borders

There is a greater world beyond the boundaries of research institutions.  Technology transfer and commercialization practitioners have an important role to play in local innovation and startup ecosystems and in cross-border collaborations.  This grouping of five lectures will give you, the practitioner, an understanding of the broader role of research institutions in engaging with industry, startups, non-profits, entrepreneurs, and other universities locally and globally.  The role of research institutions is no longer just to produce great students or new knowledge.  They must now connect and support economic development activities on a local and global scale to create jobs and improve the human condition.

  1. Research Institutions as Leaders in Innovation-led Economic Development – Discusses policy Influence, programs, outputs, and outcomes
  2. What are Innovation Ecosystems – Overview of attributes, geography, philosophy, and time scale for innovation ecosystems
  3. Role of Research Institutions in Innovation Ecosystems – Details the engagement opportunities for research institutions in innovation ecosystems beyond the borders of the institution
  4. Role of Research Institutions in Startup Ecosystems – Review of the opportunities for research institutions to engage in local startup ecosystems via programs, assets, mentors, investors, and a multi-sector alliance
  5. Cross-Border Engagement – How research institutions, corporations, startups, and governments can work across borders to maximize the commercialization of innovation for the benefit of all
Module 8.0: Demonstrating Knowledge

This module wraps ups the main topics covered in the course and introduces the exam that allows students to demonstrate the knowledge acquired and serves as the basis for your certificate of completion.

Program Supplements

These events are an excellent opportunity for students to interact with their instructors and colleagues, but they are not mandatory.

Program Introduction & Overview Session

The Program Introduction & Overview session provides a framework for the program and is an opportunity to review course requirements, datelines, and program schedule. The goal is to clarify expectations and roles of the program participants, the sponsoring organization, and the Georgia Tech team. During this live session, the Georgia Tech team will explain the program, identify individual objectives, and set the group’s expectations, answering any related questions.

Live Interaction Sessions with Instructors

The objective of the live interaction session with instructors is to help participants integrate the knowledge and tools they received during the ITCP program. Three sessions in English will be held over the course of the program. During a video conference, the Georgia Tech’s instructors will interact for an hour with program participants addressing questions and or comments relevant to the course content. The goal is to integrate insights, exchange of knowledge, tools, and networking opportunities. Consecutive interpretation must be provided by our partners in the target country if needed.

Corporate Innovation and Innovation Ecosystem Guest Speakers

The purpose of these live sessions is to create a virtual space for interaction with members of the innovation ecosystem from Georgia Tech. Students will hear from guest speakers and have an opportunity to interact with them. Guest speakers will be invited from Georgia Tech’s network and can be entrepreneurs, corporate innovation executives, incubation/acceleration managers, or senior-level executives from Fortune 500 companies in Georgia who have experience in developing a healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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