How to accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship in engineering and the sciences

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Professional Communication Society Chapter of the Philadelphia Section presents Accelerate Innovation

This event is open to all. 

We live in a time of rapid technological transformation driven by emerging scientific discoveries and engineering capabilities. Society faces numerous challenges for which we seek solutions in innovation. To meet this need we must expand the pipeline of innovation and innovators and enable the rapid movement of emerging technologies from the idea stage to realized products and solutions for society.

In this engaging and informative talk Phil Weilerstein, the Founding CEO of VentureWell will discuss approaches that work in activating nascent innovators, supporting idea stage innovations and catalyzing the next generation of critical solutions in areas such as  clean energy, sustainable materials and equitable healthcare technologies.  Based on three decades of work supporting innovation ecosystems and working with science and technology funders this talk will explore effective ways to rapidly advance emerging innovations and a diverse and robust pipeline of emerging innovators and entrepreneurs


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  • Date: 24 Oct 2023
  • Time: 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) US/Eastern
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  • Co-sponsored by Peter Silverberg
  • Starts 27 September 2023 10:02 AM
  • Ends 24 October 2023 12:00 PM
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Phil Weilerstein Phil Weilerstein of IEEE


How to accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship in engineering and the sciences


Phil has led VentureWell since its founding in 1996 and today serves as President and CEO. By developing and expanding VentureWell's programs on a national and global scale, he has guided VentureWell in its mission to solve global challenges through science- and technologydriven
innovation and entrepreneurship. He accomplished this goal by designing and overseeing a suite of programs that encourage and support the deeper engagement of higher education and research institutions in curricular innovation, developing and strengthening innovation communities and supporting emerging science and technology innovators. Phil is committed to sharing VentureWell’s learnings and resources to support the creation of inclusive and more equitable pathways for innovators to succeed in venture creation. Under his leadership, VentureWell has partnered with key science funding agencies, major philanthropies, and hundreds of universities to train and support thousands of emerging students, researchers and faculty innovators. After celebrating VentureWell's milestone 25-year anniversary in 2021, he has accelerated work to fortify the broader innovation ecosystem and the launch of groundbreaking innovations.

Phil attended the University of Massachusetts where he was a co-founder of a biotechnology company developing naturally occurring pest control products. He is a Founder and Past Chair of the ASEE Entrepreneurship Division, and a recipient of the 2008 Price Foundation Innovative
Entrepreneurship Educators Award, the 2014 Engineering Entrepreneurship Pioneers Award from ASEE, and the 2016 Deshpande Symposium Award for Outstanding Contributions to Advancing Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education.


7 pm: lecture