From the Director...
piloted three projects that were initiated to facilitate building
the innovation and technology transfer culture at East Carolina University.
2011 IDEA INTERNSHIP .. What We Accomplished:
1. The Technology Transfer Fellows Program
2. The Accelerator Award Program
3. Student Interns for Innovation Development, Education
This unique opportunity to gain experience in the ideation, technology transfer and commercialization
process offered a foundation of skills that included opportunity identification, technical evaluation,
intellectual property assessment (patents and copyright), market analysis and business plan
The process began with a highly selective testing mechanism that was implemented to qualify interns
that would fit the necessary requirements for the program.
Intense research, logical reasoning and amazing creativity began to emerge as the project began to
develop. Interns participated in the process of screening and identifying inventions focusing attention
and ultimately selecting an invention for technical and business purposes.
The culmination of our IDEA internship was a formal presentation to senior members of the regional
investment community.The professional presentation our interns delivered, well established the
success of our goal.
Last but not least, we want to commend our interns for their dedication and hard work in achieving