Move your technology out of the lab and into the customers' hands in this National Science Foundation (NSF) program.
The Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program is a free NSF initiative that assists researchers by evaluating their technology's market fit.
The I-Corps site program at UB provides resources to individuals and teams in the form of seed funding, entrepreneurial mentoring, curriculum, or other assets needed to transition ideas and technology into the marketplace.
1) Are you
2) Is your technology or idea in alignment with what the NSF typically funds as part of its mission? If you are unsure, learn more here.
3) Are you interested in exploring the commercial potential of your technology AND willing to consider a startup to do it?
4) Are you (or your team) willing to devote the time? Each I-Corps team cohort attends three scheduled sessions, works on assignments between sessions, and obtain 25+ customer interviews over a seven-week period.
If you answered "Yes" to these questions, the NSF I-Corps Site Program at UB is right for you!
Many I-Corps Site-supported teams make "go/no-go" decisions about commercialization.
Mentorship and guidance may assist with the direct commercialization of the team projects or ideas on how to tweak the technology to best meet the customer's needs.
Your application may be submitted by site teams to NSF's national stage I-Corps Programs.
You may kick-start your new businesses and/or gain a licensing agreement.
But most of all, you walk away with knowledge of how to asses the commercial viability of any new technical advancement.
Did you know? There are possible future benefits after participating:
Contact the Program Director, Martin Casstevens at
Spring 2020 (session dates and location coming soon)