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Slater Technology Fund seeks applications for fellows Program 



On Jan 30, the Slater Technology Fund announced the start of the application period for its Entrepreneurial Fellows Program. Now entering its fourth year, the program is designed to attract and develop a next generation of entrepreneurs in emerging technology industries by drawing students from the state’s colleges and universities into active participation in the process of venture development.

Rhode Island College is one of many higher education institutions throughout the state to be eligible for this program.

Funded as part of Rhode Island’s award from the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NSF EPSCoR), the Entrepreneurial Fellows Program provides fellowships at the Slater Technology Fund for graduate students and undergraduate students in their final year at institutions of higher education.

Participants in the Entrepreneurial Fellows Program engage in venture development by working with both academic researchers and industry professionals to understand the process of start-up formation, the development of business plans, the recruitment of entrepreneurial teams, the raising of early-stage capital, and the implementation of commercialization strategies. The objective of the program is to introduce students to a range of career development options within the field of innovation and entrepreneurship and, ideally, lead to employment opportunities for them once they complete the program.

“The Fellows Program has proven to be a meaningful mechanism to encourage students to pursue careers in emerging technology ventures here in Rhode Island,” said Richard G. Horan, senior managing director of the Slater Technology Fund.

Applications are now being accepted for the Entrepreneurial Fellows Program, which will commence on March 8, 2012. Interested candidates can download the application at www.slaterfund.com/about/entrepreneurial-fellows-program and submit to Nancy Esau at nancy@slaterfund.com. The final deadline for application is February 29, 2012.