Przestrzelski sparking culture revolution at Clemson.
Breanne Przestrzelski, a Clemson PhD candidate in bioengineering is a quiet, persistent revolutionary.
Her revolution is that passionate students exploring novel technology should be empowered to start their own enterprises. A post recession "power to the people" movement.
The entrepreneurial culture change she is fomenting at Clemson is part of movement across South Carolina where incubators, accelerators and startup seminars are popping up, including workshops like SCBIO's Life Science Startup Boot Camp next week .
(See USC/Columbia Technology Incubator below)
“The impact that Bre has had on the development of the entrepreneurial eco-system at Clemson is astounding.
"She has become a change-agent, and she is leading faculty, administrators and students in a systematic change of entrepreneurship and innovation culture at Clemson, which will have an impact on the Upstate for decades to come.”
~ Dr. John DesJardins, associate professor in bioengineering and Bre’s advisor.
Her ideas working their way through the university include:
- Student innovation communities and makerspaces within dorms and campus buildings where ad-hoc teams can collaborate and solve problems
- a three-day startup weekend in November for students and faculty to think big
- a high school level start-up weekend
- a new Living Learning Community on Clemson’s campus
“A lot of students never thought about starting a business themselves, and this is just the beginning to give them the encouragement that they can do it,” she says.
Breanne is a NSF funded University Innovation Fellow, and she has invited 60 of her peers from across the nation to the Upstate from Oct. 3-5 to participate in a weekend of innovation brainstorming.
"Breanne’s initiative and leadership has led to a culture change and help redefine higher education where students understand social responsibility. She exemplifies our mission," said Martine LaBerge, Clemson bioengineering chair.
Last Week! SCBIO Life Science Startup Boot Camp
Decisions, Dilemmas and Disasters:
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Clemson's ICAR Campus TD Gallery
5 Research Drive, Greenville
$4 million Regional Startup Center Planned for
USC/Columbia Technology Incubator
Aided with a nearly $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the USC/Columbia Technology Incubator announced plans Wednesday for a $4 million startup center at the south end of the USC Innovista Innovation District.
The 50,000-square-foot center will be the regional hub for entrepreneurial support and programs.
( Read more ...)
Upstate Angel Network Named #8
Top Investment Group.
Investment analysts CBInsights ranked the U
pstate Carolinas Angel Network (UCAN) Number 8 in the country, using its Investor Mosaic algorithms.
"Much to our delight, UCAN landed at #8 on that list alongside some very elite groups from much bigger markets. We are honored to make an appearance on the list, " said Matt Dunbar, Executive Director of UCAN.
SCBIO Launches new Web Site
SCBIO has launched its redesigned web site. The new web site features more up to date news content and membership information.
Some members will have to initiate new passwords and other records will have to be rebuilt as part of the changeover.
If members have a problem In the process, they need to send an email to Wayne@SCBIO.org
USC Gets $2.5 million to study rate of
Muscular Dystrophy in the State.
USC's Arnold School of Public Health received $2.5 million from the Centers for Disease Control to study the state's rate of Muscular Dystrophy.
The funding gives South Carolina the opportunity to investigate the prevalence and treatment outcomes for those South Carolinians who have the rare genetic neuro-muscular disorder.
"This grant builds on a previously funded CDC project that was a collaboration between USC and DHEC," said Suzanne McDermott, professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the USC Norman J. Arnold School of Public Health.
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