INDIANAPOLIS - IUPUI will Thursday kick off its 2019 AWARE: ACCESS workshop program. The event will include programming geared at women and minorities to support entrepreneurship and commercializing university inventions.

The 2019 AWARE: ACCESS program offers three workshops in September and October at Hine Hall as well as a November summit at the University of Louisville.

The events include:

• Sept. 5, 10 a.m. to noon: M. Kim Saxton, clinical professor of marketing at the Kelley School of Business at IUPUI, will speak about her book "The Titanic Effect: Successfully Navigating the Uncertainties That Sink Most Startups" and provide tips on business pitches.

• Oct. 4, 10 a.m. to noon: Saxton, Moynihan and Whitney will join Todd Saxton, associate professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at the Kelley School of Business at IUPUI, to speak about business pitches and examine templates of slide decks that can be used to pitch to potential partners, investors and other interested parties.

• Oct. 25, noon to 2 p.m.: During this pitch competition, attendees will receive expert feedback on their work. Judges include M. Kim Saxton, Todd Saxton, and representatives from Elevate Ventures and gener8tor gBETA.

• Week of Nov. 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: The University of Louisville will host the third annual AWARE: ACCESS Commercialization and Entrepreneurship Summit at the Speed Art Museum, 2035 S. Third St., Louisville.

"AWARE: ACCESS will make significant progress in encouraging women, African-Americans and other underrepresented groups to consider entrepreneurship. It also will break down barriers, which is important to the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, whose key mission is to help Indiana startup companies translate research to commercialization,” said Padma Portonovo of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute in a news release. 

The events are sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Indiana University, the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and the University of Louisville. 

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