Dear colleagues!

NURIS is delighted to invite you to attend a seminar
by our guests from the University of Wisconsin–Madison!

Topic of the seminar: "Research innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem: The case of University Wisconsin-Madison"
Andrew Richards
Director of Discovery to Product (D2P), a unit located within UW–Madison's Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education. D2P serves as the front door to UW–Madison's entrepreneurial ecosystem, helping connect faculty, staff, and students with the right resources at the right time. Andy leads a team of Innovation and Commercialization Specialists who provide education programs and individual mentoring to help campus innovators bring their ideas to the marketplace.
Greg Keenan
Head of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) Accelerator, a leading university gap funding program that provides business-related support and milestone-based funding to advance promising UW-Madison technologies to market. The WARF Accelerator supports commercialization by investing in commercially relevant milestones (i.e. proofs-of-concept, market studies, prototypes, field trials, product demonstrations) that validate market potential, demonstrate commercial value, and de-risk technology with a goal to attract industry partners or investors.
Phil Fonfara
Director of gBETA Beloit since 2017. gBETA, a program of gener8tor, the nationally ranked startup accelerator, is a free, seven-week accelerator program for early-stage companies with local roots. Each program is capped at five teams, and requires no fees and no equity. (
Nhi Le
Nhi a PhD student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a WARF Accelerator Program intern. Nhi has years of experience in technology commercialization and university spinouts: she has 6 patents on technologies developed in her thesis research, 4 of which are licensed to Stem Pharm, a Madison-based biotech startup that she helped spin out from her research advisor's lab. Nhi also mentored 40+ startups raise over $4MM+ in early-stage funding. She worked at gener8tor for 4 years and served as the director of gBETA Madison pre-accelerator and managing director of gener8tor Minnesota.

After graduating from the Georgia Institute of Technology (BS in Materials Science and Engineering and BS in Biomedical Engineering), Nhi moved to Madison to complete her PhD in Materials Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Over the past 10+ years, Nhi has also worked extensively with underserved communities through nonprofit involvement with the Graduate Engineering Research Scholars, Gates Millennium Scholars Program, Scholarship Junkies, Doyenne Evergreen Fund, Maydm, T.E.A.M. Studios, and Scholarship Junkies.
Date: May 20
Time: 16.30
Venue: Nazarbayev University, block 3, room 3e220
Language: English
To attend the seminar, please, register here:
Brief Bios for UW team
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