UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. —The National Science Foundation (NSF) has award Penn State a five-year, $500,000 Innovations Coprs (I-Corps) grant to establish the Invent Penn State I-Corps Site, in collaboration with Ben Franklin Technology Partner’s TechCelerator, Happy Valley LaunchBox, and the Invent Penn State Innovation Hubs.
“NSF and the other federal agencies are committed to growing the impact of federal research funding by encouraging inventors to connect with mentors and speak to potential customers off campus,” said Vice President for Research Neil Sharkey. “This new I-Corps Site grant will allow us to assist more faculty, students and community members interested in exploring market opportunities for their ideas.”
The Invent Penn State I-Corps Site programs will be piloted at Penn State University Park and Penn State Altoona during the fall 2017 semester, and then expanded to include additional campuses in 2018-19. Selected teams will:
Faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students, recent alumni and community members interested in exploring the commercial viability of their idea or innovation can apply to one of a number of established programs based on the lean startup and customer discovery methods endorsed by NSF I-Corps. At University Park, eligible teams can apply to one of two qualified programs:
Ben Franklin Technology Partner’s TechCelerator program. Fall applications are due Sept. 15, 2017.
Happy Valley LaunchBox FastTrack Accelerator. Fall applications are due Oct. 15, 2017.
At Penn State Altoona, eligible teams can apply to:
Contact James Delattre at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions on eligibility or award details. Penn State Commonwealth Campuses interested in participating in the 2018-19 Invent Penn State I-Corps Site expansion should contact Rick Brazier at email@example.com.
“This new I-Corps Site grant will allow us to assist more faculty, students and community members interested in exploring market opportunities for their ideas.”
Vice President for Research