What Stanford’s Startup Garage Teaches Us About Invention And Innovation

July 15th, 2013 / No Comments »

By Lydia Dishman

Like so many important lessons, Stefanos Zenios learned the difference between innovation and invention in the classroom. But that wasn’t the Stanford professor’s original goal.

Ten years ago, Zenios got interested in experiential learning for multi-disciplinary teams. The result was a course in which groups of medical school student were tasked with inventing something–usually some sort of device–to fill a medical need. But they couldn’t stop there.

The teams also had to think about how they might bring their ideas to a commercial market. “I realized there was distinction between the invention part of the process of designing something new, and the part where you ask ‘How do I make this invention available to a wide audience,’” Zenios tells Fast Company…….