The University of Louisville has partnered with the National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program to foster entrepreneurship and stimulate lab-based research into the business market.
The goal of the UofL I-Corps Site program is to integrate and leverage existing commercialization infrastructure and capabilities to establish a sustainable program for the discovery and commercialization of STEM innovations and stimulate regional economic development.
This I-Corps Site program assists scientists and engineers in extending their focus beyond the laboratory to increase the economic impact of selected NSF-funded research projects.
The program partners innovative academic researchers and undergraduate/graduate students with entrepreneurial mentors to identify market opportunities for new technologies that benefit society and the economy.
Each team participates in the I-Corps curriculum, based on Stanford’s Lean LaunchPad process, via on-site training at UofL as well as online instruction at the Georgia Tech I-Corps Node (1 of 7 I-Corps Node locations). Since its inception in 2011, I-Corps has trained 508 teams from which 261 new companies have emerged.
In 2013, NSF established the National Innovation Network™ (NIN), extending the reach of I-Corps into the developing community of grantees and increase the impact of the program. NIN connects I-Corps grantees to a national pipeline of mentors and collaborators that helps to provide state-of-the-art tools and resources needed for start-up success and commercialization.
Who you are
An academic researcher or undergraduate/graduate student with an innovative product idea and an entrepreneurial streak.
What you get
- Mentorship from entrepreneurial leaders;
- Help identifying market opportunities;
- On-site and online training in Stanford's Lean LaunchPad process for innovation.
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