Women in Innovation and Technology

The Women in Innovation & Technology program aims to close the gender gap in invention disclosure and commercialization at Washington University.

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In 2014, the Office of Technology Management (OTM) began the Women in Innovation and Technology (WIT) program to address the persistent under‐representation of women in the inventor/commercialization process.  At the inception of the program, Human Resources reported that 35% of WashU faculty was female, yet OTM estimates female inventors submit less than 5% of WashU invention disclosures.

WIT aims to educate, train and help women navigate the commercialization process while also introducing various resources within the local community.  Various events throughout the year afford attendees the opportunities to learn about the commercialization process, grow their commercialization networks and branch out into community-sponsored events.

Please join us for the upcoming WIT Symposium!

  • When:     Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Where:    Eric P. Newman Education Center (EPNEC), 320 S. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, MO  63110
  • Please RSVP here
  • Symposium Highlights:
    • Keynote Speaker – Gini Deshpande, Academic Researcher & Entrepreneur
    • Two educational tracks to choose from –
      • Beginner Track:
        • Working with University Tech Transfer Offices
        • Patents 101
        • Academic Licensing and Evaluating Inventions for Commercialization
      • Advanced Track:
        • Evidenced Based Entrepreneurship
        • Academic Startup Company Agreements & Funding
    • Lunch Theme – A Historical Perspective of Female Academic Activity
    • Panel Discussion – National Perspectives on Supporting Female Inventors & Entrepreneurs
    • Elevator Pitches
    • Continental breakfast, box lunch, and networking happy hour

For more info, please contact us at 314-747-0920 or via email.