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College of Business hosts talk on starting clean tech ventures Feb. 3

January 30, 2009

Andrew Hargadon, associate professor of technology management and director of both the Center for Entrepreneurship and the Center for Energy Efficiency at the University of California-Davis, will speak at Colorado State University as part of the Sustainable Enterprise Speaker Series hosted by the College of Business. Hargadon is well known for his work in innovation and entrepreneurship.


Hargadon will present "Carpe Green'em: Why Now is the Time to Start a Clean Tech Venture" from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3 in Room C-142 of the Clark Building on campus.

The event is free but registration is required.

Networks of people are key

Hargadon's current work focuses on the intersection between entrepreneurship and the commercialization of sustainable technologies. Contrary to the popular view of innovation being the product of brilliant inventors, his research reveals that more often it is the product of networks of people and innovation brokers.

Hargadon's research has been used to develop or guide new innovation programs in organizations as diverse as the Canadian Health Services, Silicon Valley start-ups, Hewlett-Packard and the U.S. Navy. He is author of How Breakthroughs Happen - The Surprising Truth About How Companies Innovate and has had his work published in the Harvard Business Review.

Hargadon received his doctoral degree from the Management Science and Engineering Department in Stanford University's School of Engineering, where he was named Boeing Fellow and Sloan Foundation Future Professor of Manufacturing. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in Stanford University's Product Design Program in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Earlier in his career, he was a product designer at Apple Computer.

Sustainability experts from around the globe 

The speaker series gives students and campus community an opportunity to learn from sustainability experts from around the globe. Colorado State University's College of Business offers a unique 18-month master's degree in Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise. Each GSSE cohort consists of 50 percent international students and 50 percent U.S. students. The program focuses on entrepreneurial, sustainable approaches to solve global challenges in energy, agriculture, health, water, environmental management and economic development.