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Entrepreneurship Research Series

Entrepreneurship Events


Entrepreneurship Research Series workshops have been canceled for the future due to health and safety concerns of COVID-19. We will update this page when we are able to plan new events again.

Contact us! Email your questions about intellectual property to Jessica Pierpoint. Email Meghann Kuhlmann if you have questions about doing business research. Our contact information is on the left.

Please see tabbed pages on the left for more resources by topic.

Intellectual Property Basics

Inventions, designs, original works of authorship, and trade secrets can provide you with economic benefits. Learn the basics of intellectual property protection.

Patent Basics for New Inventors

This workshop will introduce new inventors to types of patents and applications, patent eligibility, parts of a patent, how to find free legal assistance, patent searching, and more.

This is a basic hands-on workshop intended to take some of the mystery out of patent searching. The goal is to show you the tools of patent searching so that you can continue the search on your own. Patent attorneys and their teams can also do a patent search for you (for a fee) or in addition to your search, but it helps to be familiar with the process and to take advantage of free databases. We will explore the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's patent databases, the European Patent Office's patent database, and Google Patents using keywords and the patent classification system.

Trademark Basics: Protect Your Business Name

Discover the difference between a trademark, service mark, and registered mark. Then, learn how to search for existing marks and logos and walk through the online trademark application process.

Copyright Crossover: Software, Logos, and Design

Learn about basic copyright concepts such as:

  • what kind of creative works can be protected by copyright
  • how to register a copyrighted work
  • best practices for using others' copyrighted work

and the many ways that copyright crosses over with patents and trademarks

  • Software code can be protected by copyright but could also be a crucial element in a patent application
  • A logo is a work of art that may be copyright protected but may also be protected by a trademark for a business
  • 3D designs such as the Coca Cola bottle may be protected as a piece of structural art with copyright, or a 3D trademark as it represents a brand, or with a design patent

Market Research for Start-Ups

Successful business plans require reliable data - learn what information you need and where to find it.

Learn resources and strategies for market research - discover industry trends, identify competitors at home and abroad, determine your target market and find where your best customers are located.

Graphic Design Tools for Your Small Business

An overview of freely available graphic design software programs and their application to small businesses including promotional flyers, brochures and mailers, business cards, professional presentations, and social media posts.  Basic design principles and branding considerations will also be discussed.

Events at WSU

Check out community event calendars at:

Find other inventors at the Inventors Association of South Central Kansas

The Inventors Association of South Central Kansas (IASCK) meets at WSU in the John Bardo Center, Room 264, on the 4th Monday of every month. Members pay $65 per year but your first visit is free to check out. Attendees and members are asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement so that people may share their ideas and collaborate. The organization generally invites a guest speaker each month to share knowledge of patents, marketing strategies, crowdfunding, etc. To learn more about the organization and schedule, visit

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 and existing businesses with their local community in an effort to grow and find solutions. These events take place at the Advanced Learning Library (the central branch of the Wichita Public Library located at 711 W. 2nd St. N.) from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Wednesdays. Attendance is free. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for networking. Free coffee provided by Reverie Coffee Roasters.

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

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

Find a MakerSpace

Makerspaces are the latest trend for inventors looking to create a prototype or for a small business looking for a way to craft their goods. They also provide a great opportunity for makers to meet and collaborate on projects. If you want to check out the large variety of makers in the Wichita area, consider visiting the Wichita Mini Maker Faire at Exploration Place.

A couple of prominent makerspaces include:

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