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Beryl Lieff Benderly

Getting started in entrepreneurship

For academic scientists with an idea they think might have commercial potential, figuring out whether and how to move it from the university lab to the marketplace is a formidable challenge.  Andrew Hargadon, the Charles J. Soderquist Chair in Entrepreneurship at the University of California, Davis, and director of the university’s Center for Entrepreneurship, offers insight into the process in a series of entries on his blog.  Intended for university researchers, the series began on November 16 with the essay “Getting Started.”  This and succeeding entries focus on “the first of three critical moments in the life of a new venture — entrepreneurial leap…when the original entrepreneurs make the decision to start a new venture or not,”  Hargadon writes. The series is “intended to help aspiring entrepreneurs…see and make the right decisions at the right time.”