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Chempreneur Technology Commercialization Experience named finalist for USASBE Innovative Entrepreneurship Education Course Award

Tallahassee, FL - The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) has selected the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship and the Florida State University College of Business ChempreneurTM Technology Commercialization Experience as a finalist for the organization’s prestigious 2011 Innovative Entrepreneurship Education Course Award. The Innovative Entrepreneurship Education Course Award is presented annually to university entrepreneurship programs that have created and continue to teach high quality, innovative entrepreneurship courses that positively influence the students who take them. The award recognizes a truly state-of-the-art entrepreneurship course, where a program’s faculty can demonstrate innovativeness, course effectiveness, student impact, and transferability.

“We are excited to know the Chempreneur program has received this recognition from USASBE,” said Dr. Annette Ranft, the Jim Moran Professor and chair of the FSU College of Business Management Department, which is home to the school’s entrepreneurship major. “The program represents our efforts to build interdisciplinary, experiential based entrepreneurship education at Florida State University.”

The ChempreneurTM program is a comprehensive, yearlong experience in which student teams work closely with faculty-inventors and their Ph.D. students to assess the market for newly disclosed technological inventions, establish suitability of the technology for patenting and other legal protections, explore options for potentially suitable partners and companies that might bring the technology to market, and assess the financial prospects should the program proceed to commercialization. Since its inception, the Jim Moran Institute has established interdisciplinary collaborations with the Master Craftsman Program, the College of Engineering, the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and the College of Medicine.

The Jim Moran Institute and FSU’s College of Business created the ChempreneurTM Technology Commercialization Experience to provide entrepreneurship students the opportunity to experience first-hand development of commercial products from research discoveries across campus. Co-founded by FSU entrepreneur-in-residence Dr. James Dever and Dr. Joseph B. Schlenoff, Chair of FSU’s Department of Chemistry and Biology and the Madelkern Professor of Polymer Science, this program was launched from an initial partnership between the Jim Moran Institute, the FSU Research Foundation, the Office of Intellectual Property Development and Commercialization (OIPDC), and FSU’s highly acclaimed Department of Chemistry and Biology.

The USASBE is the largest independent, professional, academic organization in the world dedicated to advancing the discipline of entrepreneurship. The organization has over 1,000 members from universities and colleges, for-profit businesses, nonprofit organizations, and the public sector, USASBE is a diverse mix of professionals that share a common commitment to fostering entrepreneurial attitudes and behaviors. Each year, the USASBE awards seven Entrepreneurship Education National Awards, including the Innovative Entrepreneurship Education Course Award, to recognize and celebrate excellence in entrepreneurship education. Past winners of USASBE entrepreneurship education awards include Stanford University, University of Chicago, Babson College, Syracuse University, Indiana University, University of Maryland, Baylor University, Purdue University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, among others.

For more information about the ChempreneurTM Technology Commercialization Experience, contact Tim R. Holcomb at or (850) 644-3372. To learn more about the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, please visit

About the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship

The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship in the College of Business at The Florida State University was established in 1995 through generous donations from automobile industry legend Jim Moran, his wife Jan, and JM Family Enterprises, Inc and supplemented with a major grant from the State of Florida to create a fully-funded endowment and with additional funding from The Jim Moran Foundation. Its mission is to cultivate, train and inspire entrepreneurial leaders in the community through world-class education, leading-edge research and applied training, intensive consulting assistance and mentorship to entrepreneurs and business owners, and public recognition. The dedicated staff of entrepreneurship professionals, academic scholars, and staff foster the entrepreneurship spirit by helping to organize, expand and promote the knowledge and practice of entrepreneurship in such a way as to facilitate new business and to further the goals of established businesses. Our faculty and staff provide students, faculty, aspiring entrepreneurs, and business owners the tools and expertise necessary to develop strategies that establish and sustain advantages for businesses in today’s competitive marketplace and to creatively pursue new opportunities and innovations involving the startup of new business ventures. Through degree and certificate programs in entrepreneurship, outreach programs that reach across Florida and throughout the world, and complementary activities such as half-day workshops and a speaker series, the Jim Moran Institute currently serves more than 1,000 undergraduates and about 200 businesses each year.

Contact: Dr. Tim Holcomb, (850) 644-7851,



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