NACCE to Launch Intellectual Property Education and Lean Startup Pilot Programs in Community Colleges

National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) lauded in National Entrepreneurship Observance.

Springfield, MA, December 02, 2016 --( The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges, has been recognized by the White House for its leadership and participation in national initiatives that promote innovation and entrepreneurship. In celebration of November as National Entrepreneurship Month, the administration released yesterday a 2016 Entrepreneurship Fact Sheet. In it, the White House lauded NACCE for its partnerships with foundations on STEM and intellectual property initiatives in community colleges.

Partnering for Intellectual Property Curriculum
NACCE is partnering with the Michelson 20MM Foundation to launch an intellectual property education pilot through ten community colleges across the country starting this December. IP curriculum covers the essential of patents, trademarks, copyright and trade secrets. IP comprises 45 percent of the country’s total GDP today and represents 80 percent of the market value of all publicly traded companies in the United States. The goal of the pilot is to identify early IP champions in the form of one lead and nine supporting community colleges that will incorporate IP education content into new or existing courses. The pilot’s lead college will be responsible for developing a master syllabus and corresponding learning objectives, readings, assignments, and assessments that successfully incorporate IP education into 15-20 percent of the overall course content. The nine supporting colleges, to be identified in December, will then adopt and/or adapt these materials for their respective courses. All participating colleges will be identified by January 2017.

“We are pleased and honored to be part of this exciting and vital new program,” said NACCE President and CEO Rebecca Corbin, Ed.D. “Michelson 20MM’s founder, Dr. Gary Michelson, has worked diligently to advance intellectual property curriculum. At the core of its mission is the deep-seated belief that individuals who do not understand the basics of intellectual property – and its value and role in science, business and arts professions – will find themselves at a distinct disadvantage in today’s economy.”

Partnering for Lean Startup Principles
NACCE has educated over 500 community college leaders about using the lean-startup model on their campuses, and recently launched new initiatives to provide additional STEM curriculum to NACCE’s 300 member community colleges and network of over 2,000 entrepreneur-focused faculty and staff nationwide.

About Michelson 20 MM Foundation
For the last six years, Michelson 20MM has worked at the leading edge of education technology supporting the country’s most innovative startups, models and initiatives with the potential to increase postsecondary access, efficacy and efficiency. Three years ago, the foundation began to focus its expertise, resources and network to address critical gaps in IP education. The foundation is supported by renowned spinal surgeon Dr. Gary Michelson and his wife, Alya Michelson.

The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) is an organization of educators, administrators, presidents and entrepreneurs focused on inciting entrepreneurship in their community and on their campus. NACCE has two main goals: 1. Empower the college to approach the business of running a community college with an entrepreneurial mindset, and 2. Grow the community college’s role in supporting job creation and entrepreneurs in their local ecosystem.

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Carol Savage