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For Release: October 23, 2002

Katherine K. Martin
Media Relations Office

Lori J. Rachul
Media Relations Office


Entrepreneurial Spirit Stimulated

Former NASA employees who have successfully commercialized Glenn technologies and started their own high tech companies in Cleveland will kick off a series of discussions designed to achieve a more business-oriented culture at NASA's Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH.

"Entrepreneurial Revelations," the first in a series of five weekly lunchtime seminars, will take place on October 24 at 11:30 a.m. in Glenn's Visitor Center Auditorium. Glenn and the Lewis Incubator for Technology (LIFT) are hosting these programs for Glenn employees to encourage a more entrepreneurial approach to the commercialization of NASA technologies.

"By holding this series of programs for our employees, we are trying to excite our employees into thinking about commercial applications for the technologies they are developing," said Glenn Center Director Donald J. Campbell. "As a result, we anticipate an increased number of NASA technologies that are successfully utilized in the marketplace, leading to an improved quality of life."

Subsequent programs in this series will be held at Glenn on October 30, November 7, November 15 and November 18 and will deal with questions including: Do I have an innovative idea? How do I protect my idea? How do I get funding? How do I best utilize NASA's technology transfer resources?

LIFT is a cooperative effort of Glenn, the Ohio Department of Development, the Great Lakes Industrial Technology Center and Enterprise Development, Inc. (EDI). Its primary objectives are to create businesses and jobs in the State of Ohio and to increase the commercial value of NASA knowledge, technology and expertise.

Media representatives who are interested in attending these seminars should call Katherine Martin or the Media Relations Office (216)433-2901 in order to be cleared through security.

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