Through Spin-offs
Innovation Commercialization
Many universities with active Offices of Research and Innovation Commercialization or Technology Transfer Offices are working hard to find the right corporate partners but finding it difficult to find good licensing deals. The gap between industry and academia is well documented and a lot must be done to build trust based on mutual interest. Licensing to corporations is not the only path to commercialization. Spin-offs are common vehicles of commercialization in the developed world for highly innovative and disruptive products.
Innovation Commercialization through Spin-Offs is a two-day workshop, created for researchers by IdeaGist. Over 300 researchers have taken this training and have benefitted from a better understanding of the commercialization process.
In this two-day workshop, participants will learn about commercialization through entrepreneurial activities, how to start the spin-off commercialization process, best practices in commercialization contracts for spin-offs, and how to manage the commercialization process.
This training is designed for innovation commercialization professionals, technology transfer managers, researchers, PhD scholars and MPhil students that are planning or conducting active research projects.


Participants will learn about the commercialization basics and how they can plan for the commercialization of their research, ideally developing a commercialization roadmap for the research they are doing by creating spin-offs.


A better understanding of the commercialization path
A better understanding of intellectual property protection types and method
A better understanding of the spin-off commercialization model


Hassan Syed is the founder of, the largest digital incubation platform in the world, founding director of Minnesota Innovates, and founding director of the Institute for Innovators and Entrepreneurs at Hamline University Minnesota, USA. He is also part of the President’s National Committee on Emerging Technologies and a member of the Advisory Council to the Minister of IT and Telecom in Pakistan.

Hassan is also leading the Startup Pakistan initiative through a partnership network of over 100 universities throughout Pakistan, which is currently helping more than 100,000 students in their entrepreneurship journey, making it Pakistan’s largest entrepreneurship and incubation program.

Hassan is a founding director and Vice-Chairperson at the Hyderabad Information and Software Houses Association (HiSHA) and served as the Convener of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry Committee on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Hassan is a five-star rated trainer that has trained over 10,000 people in off-line and on-line classrooms across the world, sharing his knowledge with technology professionals, economic development managers, incubation professionals, students, faculty, and innovation commercialization professionals. In this training course, Hassan shares his 37 years of experience in emerging technology research, development, and commercialization with real life examples.

Hassan Syed
Founder of IdeaGist, CEO at Birventures


We Will Cover The Following Topics During This Training.

  • Understand the change – From Industrial Age to Knowledge Age
  • Intellectual curiosity, what propels the research
  • Intellectual Property Types
  • Commercialization, changing the perspective
  • Ways to commercialize
  • From Curiosity to Value – Commercialization Roadmap
  • Licensing IP – Commercialization Best Practices
  • Showcasing Intellectual Property for Commercialization
  • Types of Intellectual Property Protections
  • Best Practices to protect your Intellectual Property
  • Spin-off Policy, best practices
  • Hackathons to identify commercial applications
  • Commercialization Roadmap Development
  • Recruitment of Entrepreneurs
  • Critical Success Factors for successful spin-off strategy
  • National Innovation Showcase, a collaboration to create value through commercialization


Slots Available


For scheduled events, per participant fee is USD 300 for the two days training, including lunch and refreshments.
Contact us for scheduling on-site training for your university.

Class Size And Format

It is an interactive classroom training and participants are expected to be in a physical classroom. The ideal class size is 20 but it can go up to 40. For class size above 20, we may need to add one more resource person, but the fee will remain same.

Training Feedback

IdeaGist has organized various training sessions on Innovation Commercialization in different
institutes and universities where over 300 participants have attended these training including
university innovation commercialization staff, business incubation managers, and faculty
members, and have rated five stars by all the participants that provided feedback.
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