Bootcamp for Science Entrepreneurs

Students in a lecture hall

Welcome to our Bootcamp: The Business of Science

Registration for this event is now closed.

May 13 to May 17, 2019

Considering a nontraditional career in the life sciences? Have a discovery mindset? The "Business of Science" is a career opportunity for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to obtain value-added training in Entrepreneurship and Regulatory Affairs. Our unique, one-week bootcamp experience will expand your business acumen and impact your career trajectory in preparation for emerging careers in sciences and biotechnology. We have assembled experts from both within and beyond Penn State, and look forward to an exciting week of didactic and experiential learning. See an idea come to life and learn the basics of marketing, business planning and intellectual property.  Sessions will be held in either Room 301D Life Sciences Building or Launch Box in downtown State College.

Please note that there is no fee for attending this boot camp, so your commitment to the entire week is expected. Registration is required, and limited on a first-come basis. Acceptance is conditional until approved by advisor. Please contact Donna Korzick ( or Melissa Bailey ( with any immediate questions.

Faculty who will be involved include:

  • Jeanette Miller, Director, Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIENT); Major Clinical Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship; Management & Organization Department
  • Lou Gattis, Clinical Professor In Finance
  • Rachel Herder, Assistant Professor of Clinical Law
  • Jeremy Frank and Ben Lawrence, President/Vice President, KCF Technologies
  • Matt Rhodes, Managing Director, 1855 Capital
  • Local Entrepreneurs with SBIR Funding

Breakfast and lunch will be provided each day. Sessions will run from ~8:30 to 4:30 p.m. each day, with the exception of Friday May 17, when we will end at about 1 p.m. Student teams will develop an idea throughout the week, and the best idea pitch will be rewarded with fun prizes. Classes will consist of lectures, case studies, and breakout sessions, and will be supplemented with panel discussions and video presentations by entrepreneurs, so students get to see ideas in action.