Need ideas on how to turn a concept into a company?

The Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) will host its next Capital Connection Innovator’s Quarterly Workshop this Saturday, Nov. 16, at Duke University Medical Center.

The workshop, lasting from 8 AM to 12 noon, is geared toward companies still at the idea stage. The CED began the series to help prospective entrepreneurs and innovators who are considering commercialization possibilities to evaluate the feasibility of their ideas.

The Innovator’s Quarterly Workshop is part of the CED Capital Connection program, which consists of six entrepreneur-focused sessions that assist entrepreneurs at various stages, from idea to initial funding.

“The decision of whether or not to pursue a new venture is often a difficult one as the potential entrepreneur weighs the risks and rewards, and compares his or her technology and idea against the investment criteria of angel and venture capital investors,” CED President Monica Doss said in a statement. “The Quarterly Workshops are designed for corporate and academic researchers, but are open to anyone working with an innovative technology or idea and interested in starting a new venture.”

Well-established entrepreneurs, investors and service partners deliver the content of the program, combining panel discussions with interactive workshops and take-away tools.

Some of the featured speakers at the Saturday session will include Brad Walters from Academy Funds, Chris Lynch from Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton, and Jesko von Windheim, founder of Cronos Integrated Microsystems, which was acquired in April 2000 by JDS Uniphase for $750 million.

Key topics to be discussed include understanding venture capital and angel investment criteria, how to approach investors, understanding potential customers and competition and science vs. business and technology vs. product.

Participants will also discuss the start-up process, intellectual property protection and ownership, business formation, and management and team/partner issues.

“The CED does a great job putting these early-stage entrepreneurial programs together,” von Windheim said. “The new venture environment is challenging on multiple levels, and to have the guidance that the CED offers through its Capital Connection program is a wonderful opportunity for emerging entrepreneurs.”

The Capital Connection Quarterly Workshop audience is limited to potential entrepreneurs interested in starting a business. Prospective technology entrepreneurs interested in attending may visit.