On Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st of January 2020, a 2-day-workshop on Market Discovery and Exploitation was successfully organized by Cyprus Seeds on the Cyprus Institute’s premises.
The 2-day-workshop on Market Discovery and Exploitation was the third of a series of workshops to be offered by Cyprus Seeds to the seven (7) research Teams participating in the Cyprus Seeds Program this year as well as to the wider research community of Cyprus.
The workshop was supported and hosted by The Cyprus Institute and was attended by over 30 distinguished Cyprus academics and professionals. The aim of the workshop was educating the community about market exploitation, customer discovery, and value preposition; key milestones for the commercialization of academic research.
Participants had a unique opportunity to learn about a wide range of topics by Kare Golmer, the Innovation Manager of the MIT Deshpande Center for Technology Innovation who was the keynote speaker of the workshops. Karen Golmer has more than 30 years of experience in the private sector in Europe and the US and 5 years of experience advising startups. For the last 4 years, she has been responsible for the Grants and Catalyst Program as the Innovation Manager of the MIT Deshpande Center. She offers the same workshop on Market Discovery and Exploitation to the MIT Researchers as it is considered one of the most important training for commercializing research.
During her stay in Cyprus, she will offer one-to-one mentoring to all Cyprus Seeds Teams advising them on market development towards the path of commercializing their research.
Cyprus Seeds works closely with MIT Deshpande Center as well as with Karen Golmer as she is one of the mentors of the Cyprus Seeds Teams. The U.S Embassy in Cyprus, which is supporting Cyprus Seeds since its inception, sponsored the visit to Cyprus of Karen Golmer.
Cyprus Seeds is a non-profit initiative to support the commercialization of innovative academic research in Cypriot universities and research institutions. Cyprus Seeds provides grants, one-to-one mentoring combined with entrepreneurial training and networking outside Cyprus, in order to help research projects, mature to a stage that can attract venture capital and funding from private investors.