J. Bruce Hughes

Sr. Project Manager, UTSA SBDC Technology Commercialization Program

Bruce was a biological research technician at Rice University, Temple University School of Medicine, and Baylor College of Medicine. Later, he entered the field of software development, eventually leading a multi-site team that created the first successful 802.11b (WiFi) semiconductor chipset. He has been successful in startup management at every level from engineering management to CEO. Bruce is certified by the national Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC) as a Technology Counselor. He has a Master of Business Administration degree from The University of Texas at San Antonio (2003), with a concentration in Leadership.  He has advised companies through several successful equity investments. Bruce can give you sound advice and experience-based knowledge on:

  • Evaluating the economic potential of a new idea before seeking patent protection;
  • Performing informal patent searches to evaluate the state of the art and provide background information to take to a patent agent or attorney;
  • Other forms of intellectual property protection, including copyright, trademark, and trade secret protection;
  • Creation of licensing plans;
  • Business plans startup business valuation, and raising capital; and
  • How to build a management and technical team, structure a financial forecast, and create and deliver an investor pitch.

My Sessions

What kind of business are you creating, and how large? How do start-ups evolve? What must be done before anything else? These questions will be discussed as the beginning of a strategic conversation about how the SBDC TCC can help you start-up or grow your science and/or technology-based company. Parking available at: UTSA Downtown Campus Durango […]