Claim Your Seat at the Table


Based on the event series presented by Tech Launch Arizona, the USPTO, and FutureForward, Claim Your Seat at the Table is an exciting new resource for University of Arizona women interested in increasing their impact outside of academia by exploring commercialization and entrepreneurship.

In this four-session workshop, UArizona women will work with Tech Launch Arizona, ecosystem members, and mentors to learn how to think of themselves as inventors, how to build strong teams, how to find their customers, and how to raise money to achieve their goals:

   Linking Your Passion to Impact: Working with Tech Launch Arizona 

  • This segment introduces the commercialization process and features successful women entrepreneurs at the University of Arizona. Participants explore what their passion for research entails, and how working with Tech Launch Arizona can link that passion to impact.

     Building a Team: No Woman is an Island 

  • Participants discover the importance of building an effective team to bring their innovation to market.  They identify their own role in the process, and often recognize they don’t have to start a company or be the CEO.

     Customer Discovery:  Who Will Pay For Your Invention?

  • Participants learn customer discovery interview skills based on proven NSF I-Corps programming.  Teams assess their technology's commercial viability and put Lean Startup Methodology techniques into use.

     Beyond Grants: Understanding the Funding Lifecycle 

  • Participants engage with experts from Tech Launch Arizona and representatives from potential funding sources (public and private) to identify the available options that are most appropriate at each stage.

Contact Aileen Dingus for more information.

A key component of the program is creating a network of near peers, role models and mentors. All SATT participants, past and present, are invited and encouraged to join every event. Our program features additional accessible and relatable resources on our campus, such as the University of Arizona Center for Innovation and FORGE at UA, as well as across the country including patent attorneys, federal agency program directors, angel investors and venture capital investors.



“We’re not developing the best possible technologies when we’re not including all sorts of people at the table to design those technologies.” 

– Provost Liesl Folks

Participate as a Researcher

Are you a woman at UArizona who wants to increase your impact outside of academia by commercializing your invention?  Then Tech Launch Arizona wants to help you.

Why participate in Claim Your Seat at the Table?

This program provides:

  • Four class sessions covering topics to help you succeed in commercializing your IP
  • Mentors who have "been there, done that" who are ready to help you achieve your goals
  • And more!

There are no intellectual property obligations tied to this program.

Contact Aileen Dingus: for more information.

Participate as a Mentor

Are you an accomplished businesswoman looking for a new venture? Are you ready to give back to the entrepreneurial community? Are you ready to pass on the knowledge you've accumulated to another generation of female innovators?

Why not be a Claim Your Seat at the Table mentor?

As we know, mentorship is crucial to success and we need mentors who’ve “been there, done that” and are able to share their experience with those who are following in their footsteps. If you've "been there, done that," we invite you to become a mentor for our SATT participants and guide them on the path to commercialization. 

If this sounds like something you'd be interested in, please contact Aileen Dingus at to get things started.

No Barriers: May Khanna, Assistant Professor of UA College of Medicine-Tucson

Pursue Your Passion: Sadhana Ravishankar, UA College of Agriculture & Life Sciences

Keep Pressing Forward: Heidi Mansour, UArizona College of Pharmacy


Need help or answers regarding Claim Your Seat at the Table? Let us know, we’re here to help.


Aileen Dingus
Commercialization Network and Events Manager

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1547749. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.