• Credit: Andrew Leenheer; Nicholas Strandwitz


Get involved in Caltech's community of innovators and entrepreneurs by attending events organized by OTTCP, the Caltech Entrepreneurship Club (eClub), the Caltech Biotechnology Club, Innovate Pasadena, and other organizations on and off campus. If you have an event you'd like to see featured, please contact a member of OTTCP.

Caltech-Amgen Collaborative Seminar

Monday April 24th, 2016 4-5 PM
Caltech, 153 Noyes Reception to follow on Schlinger Patio. 

A reception will follow the seminar where participants have the opportunity to meet over 30 Amgen scientists and managers to discuss current and future collaborations between Caltech and Amgen.

See more information here.


Past Events:

I-Corps Lean Startup Workshop

February 10 & 17, 2017 (10:00-2:00 pm, B101 Beckman Behavioral Biology)

"Why do 75% of startups fail?"

"How does a technology turn into a business?"

"What makes a successful business model?"

"Where can you find the capital to bring your innovations to market?"

If you've ever asked these questions then sign up today for the Lean Startup Workshop!

This 2-day workshop is based on the Lean LaunchPad curriculum developed out of Stanford University. Participants will be taught the basics of proposing a business opportunity in the form of a "hypothesis" about a need in the market, and how to test those hypotheses. Participants will also learn about funding sources available to launch their ventures, and be given the opportunity to meet one-on-one with an investor.

Christie A. Canaria, Program Manager at NCI SBIR Development Center
Farzin Samadani, Co-founder of Curious Me

Space is limited, email: mdong@caltech.edu to reserve your spot today!
Preference will be given to Caltech students, post-docs, and faculty.

Caltech Innovation Week

Monday November 28-Friday Dec 2, 2016

Register Here


event page: https://innovation.caltech.edu/content/caltech-innovation-week-2016

4-6pm, Lees-Kubota Lecture Hall (Guggenheim Laboratory)


Join us for a weeklong celebration of science and technology-based innovation with a series of panel discussions and lectures on technology development, entrepreneurship, startup creation and fundraising, product/market fit, and positioning for growth and exit. Learn from Caltech alumni who are active entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors sharing their real life experiences taking technologies from the lab to the marketplace.

  • Mon Nov 28th          Keynote,  Public and Private Sector Innovation
  • Tues Nov 29th         Alumni Entrepreneurs: Startup Founders
  • Wed Nov 30th          Commercialization Plans & Positioning for Investment
  • Thurs Dec 1st          Fundraising & Trends in Venture Capital
  • Fri Dec 2nd              Closing Keynote, Innovation Perspectives

i2i Seminar Series - Innovation in Artificial Intelligence

A Panel Discussion Featuring Global Leaders in AI - Register Here

Ramo Auditorium, Caltech

Thursday, Sept 15, 2016 1:30-5pm


Caltech's Office of Technology Transfer & Corporate Partnerships and Innovate Pasadena present a panel discussion on Innovation in Artificial Intelligence 1:30-3pm, followed by an expo & reception 3-5pm featuring local companies who are taking technologies out of the lab and into everyday life. The impact potential of AI is endless.  Through the panel and expo, we hope to foster thought and discussion on augmented human intelligence, the limitations of purely autonomous artificial intelligence, and the social implications of autonomy in transportation and other applications.

Panel Discussion 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm | CONFIRMED PANELISTS

  • MODERATOR Yisong Yue, Assistant Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Caltech
  • Anthony Chong, CEO & Founder, StatSketch, Caltech '10
  • Yu-Han Chang, COO & Co-Founder, Second Spectrum
  • Li Deng, Chief Scientist of AI, Microsoft
  • Maja Matarić, Chan Soon-Shiong Professor of Computer Science, Neuroscience, and Pediatrics, USC

Classroom to Boardroom: Tips for young entrepreneurs getting into the cleantech market! Register Here


Tuesday, September 13, 2016
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm | Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator | 525 S. Hewitt St., Los Angeles, CA 90013

Clean energy is an exciting new field for recent grads to pursue -- but how do you get your idea out of the classroom and into the market? Entrepreneurship can be hard, but you don't have to go at it alone -- come listen to three young successful cleantech entrepreneurs talk about how they got their ideas off the ground and where you can seek help, receive guidance, and get funding! You'll meet passionate movers from LA's cool new energy group Young Professionals in Energy and get the chance to tour the award-winning Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator with state of the art product design and prototyping facilities.

Moderated by Erik Steeb, Chief Programs Officer, LACI & National Board Member, Cleantech Open, panelists include Alison Brown, Founder & CEO, Flux Energy Systems, Cole Hershkowitz, Founder & CEO, Chai Energy, and Max Aram, Founder & CEO, Pick my Solar.

This event is hosted by the Resnick Sustainability Institute at Caltech's FloW program in partnership with its Rocket Fund collaborators the Young Professionals in Energy Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator.

Patent Class - Caltech Library

Hannah Dvorak Carbone PhD, Director for Innovation, Patents & Licensing in Caltech's Office of Technology Transfer & Corporate Partnerships, will present a review of the patenting process, including changes introduced by the America Invents Act of 2013.

This will be followed by a Caltech Librarian presenting a brief overview of patent searching, locating English language patent equivalents, legal status issues, and current awareness techniques.

Admission is free, registration is required - Register Here


Crossing the Chasm from Lab to Market: The I-Corps Program

Curious about whether your research might make for a useful commercial product, but aren't sure how to find out? Interested in receiving a $50,000 grant to decide whether a startup is right for you?

Tired of studying for finals and and want free pizza?

Join us on June 2nd to hear from Caltech teams that have participated in the National Science Foundation's I-Corps program, transforming their research results into successful startups.

Admission is free, registration is required - Register Here

Join MADIA Tech Launch for a Meet-Up with INOVATIV, Inc.'s CEO, Patrick Blewett

When: Tuesday, May 10th at 6:30-8:30 PM.
Where: Jake's Road House, 622 S. Myrtle Ave., Monrovia.
Sign up here

Caltech-Amgen Collaborative Seminar

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 5-6 PM
Caltech, Hameetman Auditorium (Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics)

See more information here.

Got IP? Intellectual Property & Innovation - World IP Day 2016

Thursday, April 28th, 2016 at 3:00pm
Caltech, Hameetman Auditorium (Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics)

Admission is free, registration is requested - Register Here

3:00-3:10pm: Welcome and introductions
3:30-4:30pm: Panel discussion
4:30-5:30pm: Networking reception

A panel of intellectual property experts will discuss the many facets of IP that engineers and scientists encounter in different work settings. The panel will outline the importance of intellectual property protection for entities producing technology and the challenges and opportunities that IP provides to scientists working in startups, big companies, and academia and provide providing guidance on how to prepare for these challenge and opportunities.

This event is brought to you by Caltech as part of World IP Day , which was created by the World Intellectual property Organization (WIPO) to promote discussion of the role of intellectual property in encouraging innovation and creativity. World IP Day events across the United States are supported by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA).

Startups 2.0: Getting your Startup from Idea to Funding

Thursday, April 14th, 2016
Caltech, Dabney Lounge

Presented by Louis Berneman of Osage University Partners

10:30-11:30am seminar, 11:30am -12pm networking refreshments

The Caltech Office of Technology Transfer & Corporate Partnerships invites you to join this free seminar that will help you understand the startup company process from innovative idea to fundable entity. The seminar will explore:

  • Essential elements of a startup
  • Company formation and organization
  • Funding
  • Pitch deck and executive summary
  • Investment Memo

Osage University Partners is a venture capital firm focused on investing in startups that are commercializing pioneering university technologies. Osage partners with top research universities to invest in their most innovative startups, and Osage shares its investment profit with its partner institutions. The firm invests in software, hardware, and life science companies at all stages of company development. Osage has partnered with over 80 universities, including 22 of the top 30 U.S. institutions by research expenditures, and has invested in over 50 of their spinouts. Osage University Partners is part of a family of investment funds within Osage Partners, which is based in Philadelphia, PA and manages in excess of $500 million. For more information, visit www.osageuniversitypartners.com.
Admission is free, registration is requested - Register Here

One Entangled Evening & Quantum Summit

January 26, 2016 8:00 pm, Beckman Auditorium

Please join us for a celebration of Richard Feynman's vision and a glimpse of our mind-bending quantum future.

With contributions from Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, and Paul Rudd and special appearances by Yuri Milner, Michelle Feynman, David Wineland, Krysta Svore, John Preskill, and Caltech President Thomas F. Rosenbaum.

Co-sponsored by the Kavli Foundation
Admission is free, tickets are required - Register here

Innovation in Aerospace: A Panel Discussion

Friday, January 22nd, 2016
1:30-3:00 pm
Caltech, Hameetman Auditorium (Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics)

Register here to join us for this important and unique event featuring global leaders in aerospace. The Idea 2 Innovation (i2i) event series, co‑presented by Innovate Pasadena and Caltech, provides ongoing opportunities to bring together the Pasadena innovation community with industry leaders to exchange ideas in an inspiring and welcoming environment which fosters entrepreneurship.

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