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Session 10 - Innovation Strategy: From Idea to Product, Leveraging University Innovation Ecosystems
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Innovation Strategy: From Idea to Product, Leveraging University Innovation Ecosystems

How do organizations survive and thrive in the disruption economy? The radical shift in today’s business paradigm is a catalyst for greater innovation and the formation of new alliances. To weather and outmatch their competition, organizations need to construct strategies with attainable results. Yet organizations often fail to tap critical resources to endure rapidly changing external climates that are often in their own backyard. Universities carry vast IP and research portfolios that organizations can access and leverage with the right strategies.

 FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM



Working within UC San Diego’s Research Affairs Office of Innovation and Commercialization as the Director of Strategy and Planning, Gloria Negrete serves in a key position directing strategy for engagement. Additionally, she is the founding director of The Basement, an incubator for the UC San Diego campus that runs accelerator programming. The Basement, recently ranked by the San Diego Business Journal among the top ten 2018 incubators and accelerators in San Diego, California; began as an initiative to broadly support the entrepreneurial interests of the campus. In her role, Gloria leads the full spectrum of strategy, planning, development, and direction of programs focused on innovation and entrepreneurship that are designed to engage regional and global constituencies as well as corporate interests. A major focus of Gloria’s work is to direct annual initiatives and programs established to connect industry and the community with UC San Diego’s innovation ecosystem.

For over eight years, Gloria has worked in directing and managing business related centers and programs in higher education. She is a former university faculty member with a communications, business, and arts background. Her expertise includes experience working with both tech and non-tech startups for well over ten years. She ran her own business as a consultant and is a published writer. As an advocate for equity, diversity and inclusivity, Gloria integrates strategies to encourage and engage each in the innovation and entrepreneurship programming she oversees. She was recently selected to serve as a UC San Diego Leaders for Equity Advancement and Diversity, Fellow. LEAD Fellows undergo extensive training to lead and promote diversity and excellence across the UC San Diego campus. Gloria is passionate about building collaborative communities and Co-founded, COLLAB, the Collaboration of Likeminded Learners and Builders. COLLAB is a maker council for UC San Diego and local educators involved in creating opportunities for the maker community.




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