Transition your technology from the lab to the marketplace.
The I-Corps program is an initiative developed by the National Science Foundation (NSF) that teaches researchers and innovators how to evaluate a technology or idea for the marketplace. An important goal of the I-Corps program is to encourage technical entrepreneurship and teach teams how to think about commercialization.
UB is collaborating with the UNY I-Corps Node on a Regional Course. Through this course participants learn how to “get out of the lab” and talk to potential customers. The goal is to determine if they are solving a real-world problem with a sizeable market opportunity.
The program may assist you in:
Most of all, you will walk away with knowledge of how to assess the commercial viability of any new technical advancement.
I-Corps is ideal for a technology or idea in alignment with what the NSF typically funds as part of its mission, however is open to all technology areas.
I-Corps is perfect for:
It is strongly encouraged that participants apply to this program as a team of at least two people and no more than three. A typical team consists of at least one scientific or technological expert (scientific leader) who is responsible for the team's idea and at least one student, alumni, staff or post-doctoral fellow interested in conducting entrepreneurial research and directing group efforts. The entrepreneurial leader does not need to have business experience., but is committed to leading or organizing team activities during the I-Corps Site.
Teams may not split attendance between members. The Team Lead is required to attend and participate fully in every course session.
Please visit the UNY I-Corps Node for more details on how the program works and to apply.
The program has been a tremendous success giving technical experts a valuable and entirely different professional experience on their path to commercialize their technological triumphs.
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