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Tech Transfer Boot Camp

Virginia Tech Startup Bootcamp

Are you a member of the Virginia Tech research community and curious about how to propel your research from the lab into the world?

The Virginia Tech LICENSE: Center for Tech Commercialization will be hosting a workshop series designed to assist faculty, research staff, and students in understanding the basics of technology transfer. Topics to be covered include the invention disclosure process, inventorship vs. authorship, patenting 101, technology marketing, and licensing. We will also provide tips on working with the LICENSE team to protect and commercialize your inventions and dispel common myths that can hamper those efforts.

What is it?

  • A series of one-hour workshops designed to introduce important aspects of the technology transfer process.
  • An opportunity to better understand the challenges and opportunities of intellectual property commercialization.
  • An opportunity to earn Virginia Tech professional development network (PDN) credits.
  • An opportunity to earn a LICENSE Tech Transfer Boot Camp digital badge.


Day Workshop
Wednesday, February 23 Workshop Session 1:  Introductions and overview
Wednesday, March 2 Workshop Session 2:  What is my idea or discovery, and how do I tell the University about it?
Wednedsay, March 16 Workshop Session 3: Assess and Protect: What is the value of my idea, and how will it be protected?
Wednesday, March 23 Workshop Session 4: Plan and Market: How will I capture value from my idea, and how do we tell the world about it?
Wednesday, March 30 Workshop Session 5: How does my idea become licensed and to whom?


The LICENSE Tech Transfer Boot Camp is a resource to the Virginia Tech research community and is supported by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI). To be eligible to participate, you must be current Virginia Tech faculty, staff, postdoc, or graduate student. 

How to Enroll

Participants are accepted through an application process with limited seats available. Interested participants must enroll by 5 p.m. ET on Friday, February 18, 2022. Participants will receive acceptance confirmations within 5 business days. For more information, see our frequently asked questions below.  

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Enrollment Deadline: 5 p.m. ET on Friday, February 11, 2022 (Deadline extended to Friday, Feb 18). 
  • Application Acceptance: Invitation to join will be sent out: February 21, 2022. Participants will be asked to complete a survey before the first session. 
  • Tech Transfer Boot Camp: February 23, 2022 - March 30, 2022 (excluding Spring break week).

Interested parties are required to enroll by the stated deadline. Spots are limited. Applications will be reviewed by a committee.

Attending Tech Transfer Boot Camp is free.  

No experience is necessary. The Tech Transfer Boot Camp is only available to the Virginia Tech community (faculty and graduate students).

The Boot Camp will be held at the 3rd floor LINK + LICENSE + LAUNCH office in the Holtzman Alumni Center, 901 Prices Fork Rd, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Please contact Carla Verbridge at with Boot Camp questions.

While attendance is not mandatory, you will need to attend all the sessions to complete the training and receive your digital badge or the total number of professional development credits.