REACH for Commercialization

REACH for Commercialization™ – Inspiring Female Entrepreneurship at Ohio State and Beyond

Researchers want their work to make an impact, yet most view the end product of their efforts as refereed publications or conference presentations. Engaging in technology transfer and commercialization activities is a powerful potential pathway to expand the REACH and amplify the IMPACT of research activities.

REACH is a year-round resource and network designed to encourage women across the University to  amplify the impact of their research by exploring technology transfer, commercialization and entrepreneurship.

The program provides a broad overview in 4 quarterly themes:

Visioning Impact from Research: August - September

This segment introduces the commercialization process and features successful women entrepreneurs at Ohio State and other universities and entities. Participants explore their own research programs, discuss potential ideas for commercialization and reflect upon the benefits and challenges of taking ideas to market.

Learning the Landscape: October - December

Participants engage with campus leaders who strongly value technology transfer and learn how Ohio State’s Technology Commercialization Office (TCO) and Rev1 Ventures can help turn research, ideas, inventions and technologies into products that make an impact locally and globally.

Building a Team: January - March

Participants discover the importance of building an effective team to bring their innovation to market.  They identify their own role in the process, and often recognize they don’t have to start a company or be the CEO.

Understanding the Funding Lifecycle: April - July

Participants engage with experts from the Technology Commercialization Office, Rev1 Ventures and representatives from potential funding sources (public and private) to identify the available options that are most appropriate at each stage.

A key component of the program is creating a network of near peers, role models and mentors. All REACH participants, past and present, are invited and encouraged to join every event. Our program features additional accessible and relatable resources on our campus, such as the Technology Commercialization Office; in our community, such as Rev1 Ventures; and across the country including patent attorneys, federal agency program directors, angel investors and venture capital investors.

For more information on how to be involved with REACH, please contact Caroline Crisafulli.