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Incubators and Consultants

  • 28-Aug-2015
  • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
  • NeighbrWorks, 570 South Ave. Rochester


  • No Charge

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Incubators and Consultants

Location: NeighborWorks

Presenter: Dr. Joel T. Shertok

Silicon Valley and Sand Hill Road have become synonymous with the creation of dynamic new businesses in the IT arena since the 1960s. Universities have used the Silicon Valley incubator model to attempt to monetize their professors’ and students’ research. Dr. Shertok’s talk will describe why and how we got to this place, whether the incubator model is truly valid and where do we need to go from here. Incubators can be opportunities for the savvy consultant to find additional business.

Three Key Learnings  The Audience Will Take Away From Your Program?

1. Understanding how/why we got to the University Incubator model via Silicon

2. Why the Silicon Valley model is not as valid for University Incubators (see South Park’s “Underwear Gnomes” episode for additional background)

3. My exposure to the current Incubator system demonstrates that it is essentially a “blind leading the
blind” syndrome. Therefore, there any number of excellent opportunities for the savvy Consultant to get additional business. But – you have to be where the fish are: ULVANY, HTR, etc. etc. and understand you are dealing with inexperienced personnel who may need “guidance.”

Dr. Joel ShertokDr. Shertok is a 49’er, (but not a miner), born in 1949 in the Bronx. He is totally a product of the New York City public school system (when it actually worked) and graduated from the Bronx High School of Science in 1967. He attended The Cooper Union in lower Manhattan, getting his B.E./Chemical Engineering degree in 1971. He then attended Princeton University (the polar opposite of Cooper), obtaining his Ph.D./Chemical Engineering degree with a specialty in Fluid Mechanics and Rheology in late 1975. One of Dr. Shertok’s claim to fame is that his entire education from Kindergarten to Ph.D. did not cost him or his parents a cent….it was a free ride all the way. Try to do that today.

After a 40 year career in industry Dr. Shertok is currently a Visiting Scholar at RIT and President of Process Industries Consultants, a New York State S Corporation.

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Open to the public.

No charge for RPCN members. $10.00 for non-members.



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