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Robotics Institute Seminar, September 18, 1998
Robotics Institute
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh PA 15213-3891
412/268-8525 . 412/268-5576 (fax)

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Technology Commericalization: The Entrepreneurial Pathway

Frank Demmler
The Enterprise Corporation of Pittsburgh

Jack Roseman
Graduate School of Industrial Administration
Carnegie Mellon University

Place and Time
Adamson Wing, Baker Hall
Refreshments 3:15 pm
Talk 3:30 pm

Thinking about starting a business, but overwhelmed by what appears to be an impossible task? Fear not. Between the resources available through the Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship at GSIA and The Enterprise Corporation of Pittsburgh, we can take the mystery out of the process and introduce you to the regional assets available to help you.

Frank Demmler will present one path that an aspiring entrepreneur might take, citing specific steps and organizations. Jack Roseman will provide an overview of the Entrepreneurship Center and its continuing education programs.

Both speakers will touch upon issues such as: what makes an idea a good business opportunity, imporatnce of market research, importance of the managemen team, where to look for money, etc. The speakers will keep their prepared remarks short so that they can interact with the audience and respond to their specific questions.

Speaker Biographies
Frank Demmler is vice president of venture development at The Enterprise Corporation of Pittsburgh, a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to assisting early stage businesses with significant job creation potential. Mr. Demmler is also a general partner of the Pittsburgh Seed Fund (PSF), a $10 million venture capital fund specializing in early-stage, high potential businesses in the southwestern Pennsylvania region. Mr. Demmler has over 25 years of business experience, ranging from participation in embryonic entrepreneurial enterprises to an executive management position with a major operating unit of a Fortune 200 corporation.

Jack Roseman is associate director of the Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship and the Jones Distinguished Adjunct Professor, Graduate School of Industrial Administration, CMU. He is head of the Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program. He is a contributing columnist on entrepreneurial management for T.E.Q., a monthly publication of the Pittsburgh High Technology Council. Mr. Roseman received his B.A. in Mathematics in 1954 from Boston Univ. and his M.A. in Mathematics in 1955 from U. Mass.

Speaker Appointments
For appointments, please contact the speakers, Frank Demmler at frank@enterprise.org, or Jack Roseman at roseman@andrew.cmu.edu.

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