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Entrepreneurship Research Series

Welcome to the Entrepreneurship Research Series!

Workshops in this series will help inventors and entrepreneurs protect their intellectual property and support their business through research. Students, faculty, and community members are welcome. Please visit the RSVP tab to register and browse the More Events tab to find other events of interest to entrepreneurs.


Entrepreneurship Research Series poster.

Entrepreneurship Research Series

All workshops are held on Tuesdays from 5:30-7:00 pm in Ablah Library, room 217.

Click on the tabs on the left for full workshop descriptions.

RSVP by clicking on the workshop title below.


Sept. 12: Empowering Innovation: Intellectual Property Basics

Sept. 19: Patent Searching Part 1: U.S. Patents

Sept. 26: Copyright Basics for Students

Oct. 3: Patent Searching Part 2: Foreign Patents

Oct. 10: Graphic Design Tools for Your Small Business

Oct. 24: Trademark Basics: How to Protect Your Business Name

Nov. 7: Local Market Research: Wichita and Kansas

Nov. 14: Patent Searching for Engineers

Nov. 28: National and International Market Research

Workshops at GoCreate

GoCreate is a makerspace located at Wichita State University's Experiential Engineering Building (west of Oliver on the north side of 17th street). All of the workshops this Fall will be held on Thursdays from 1:00-2:30 pm in GoCreate. Attendees will meet in the GoCreate foyer (entry area).

‚ÄčRSVP for GoCreate Workshops at

October 5:        Market Research for Entrepreneurs

October 26:      Empowering Innovation: Intellectual Property Basics

November 30:  Introduction to Patent Searching

WSU Kansas Small Business Development Center

Register for these events at (Registration should be available soon, but check back soon if it isn't up yet.) These workshops will be located at the Hughes Metroplex at 29th & Oliver in Wichita, Kansas.

November 16, 2017

1:00-2:30 pm  Introduction to Patents & Patent Searching

In this workshop, we will discuss different types of patents, strategies for patent searching, and free online patent databases. The presenter is Sara Butts with the Kansas Patent and Trademark Resource Center at WSU Libraries.

2:30-4:00 pm  Drafting a Provisional Patent Application

We will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of filing a provisional utility patent application, attributes of a well-written application, parts of an application, and filing requirements.  The presenter is WSU Associate Professor Emeritus Nan Myers, a specialist in intellectual property who has worked with patents for the past 20 years.

Events at WSU

Check out community event calendars at:

Support local start-ups with 1 Million Cups

1 Million Cups is an organization that provides entrepreneurs with a platform to share their start-up businesses and existing businesses with their local community in an effort to grow and find solutions where there are problems. The 1 Million Cups events take place at WSU Oldtown (238 N. Mead) on from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Wednesdays. Attendance is free. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. for networking.

To learn more and to see the next event date, visit:

To watch the live video stream and past recorded events, visit:

I would like to make you aware of an opportunity of interest to innovators.

The Wichita State University Kansas Small Business Development Center will offer Encountering Innovation Week October 23-27. The event will provide you with the opportunity to pitch or exhibit to Federal Technology Scouts who seek innovations for commercialization.

The application deadline to pitch or display your innovation is Friday, August 25. It is free to apply.

Encountering Innovation Week also includes a Forum Day and Evening Networking Events. These activities will

  • inform you about needs that are of prime interest to the Tech Scouts
  • help you understand whether your innovation already fits an emerging need or if it can be modified to meet a need
  • help you understand the commercialization process so that you can better connect your innovation with needs
  • provide you with opportunities to establish informal connections with Tech Scouts

For additional information, go to

Wichita State University Libraries, 1845 Fairmount, Wichita, KS 67260-0068 | Phone: (316) 978-3481 |