Tech, Drugs, & Rock ‘n Roll: Marking a University’s Commitment to Entrepreneurship
BU Aims to Be the New Hub of Entrepreneurship in Boston
On July 27, 2010, Boston University’s Office of Technology Development (OTD) hosted its first annual networking event, “Tech, Drugs, & Rock ‘n Roll,” the unofficial kickoff of a university-wide commitment to establish Boston University as the new hub of entrepreneurship in Boston.
The OTD, whose mission is to “encourage, educate and enable…the BU community to realize [the] commercial potential of their ideas,” helps students, faculty, and alumni bring their innovations to market through assistance with business incubation, patent filing, licensing, and funding.
Tech, Drugs, & Rock ‘n Roll gathered together industry professionals, research scientists, and budding Boston University entrepreneurs for an evening of food, networking, technology presentations, “education by conversation,” and live music by the Joshua Tree Band. University president Robert A. Brown presented BU Professor Mark W. Grinstaff with the inaugural Innovator-of-the-Year Award, recognizing a faculty member who translates research into innovations that benefit humankind.
In addition, OTD staff provided information about how to get involved with the Kindle Mentoring Program, which matches members of the BU community with senior executives of established companies, CEOs of start-ups, and angel investors. Mentors then support these new entrepreneurs in bringing their ideas to the marketplace.