Park Points – October 4, 2023

Thanks for reading the first edition of Park Points! This soon-to-be series will give you a quick recap of news, information and events relevant to the mission and vision of KU Innovation Park.

Bright idea: KU ranks for utility patents

The University of Kansas earned a new accolade recently, this time for some bright ideas. KU ranks 40th among U.S. public institutions granted utility patents in 2022, according to the National Academy of Inventors.

Why it matters: Utility patents are granted for new or improved products, processes, machines or compositions of matter. Basically, patents protect inventors and their intellectual property.

  • Over the past three years, KU has filed 406 new patent applications, with 240 patents issued.

Read more from the KU Office of Research.

Accelerate your growth: Cohort applications now available

Encourage growth in your startup by applying for KU Innovation Park’s fall Accelerator cohort.

Why it matters: The Accelerator program is a kickstart for eligible companies, earning opportunities and access to the Park’s business resources. Those resources are structured to encourage the development and rapid growth of startups.

Gone phishing: New cybersecurity degree offered

Don’t let your guard down. The KU School of Engineering is now offering a Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity Engineering. Other degree programs teach students how to implement protections, while Jayhawks will be creating the actual safeguards themselves.

Why it matters: Only 15% of organizations around the world say they have the ability to defend against the risks of a hybrid world. In June, Congressional leadership said the U.S. desperately needs cyber talent.

Dive deeper into this new degree.

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