Academic researchers interested in exploring the commercial potential of their technology innovations are invited to apply for a National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) short course to be held in State College on April 5-19, 2019. Applications are due by Friday, March 29 at 5pm EST.
Participants in this free, two-week course will receive entrepreneurship training and mentor support as they “get out of the lab” and talk with customers to identify the best product-market fit.
Faculty, staff, postdoctoral, graduate and undergraduate student researchers may apply with a team of 1-3 people. Up to 10 teams will be selected. Applicants are expected to be available for all short course sessions.
Teams who successfully complete this I-Corps short course can receive a $3,000 travel grant from the Invent Penn State NSF I-Corps Site program to continue their customer discovery and also become eligible to apply for the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps Teams program, which includes a $50,000 grant.
How It Works:
Faculty, staff, postdoctoral, graduate and undergraduate student researchers from any Penn State campus who:
In-person sessions will be held at the Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank, 224 S. Allen Street in State College, PA.
The NSF I-Corps Short Course @ Penn State is hosted by the Office of the Vice President for Research, Invent Penn State and the Penn State NSF I-Corps Site. The short course is being led by the Upstate New York I-Corps Node – one of eight NSF-funded Innovation Corps Nodes designed to support regional needs for innovation education, infrastructure and research. NSF I-Corps Nodes work cooperatively to build, utilize and sustain a national innovation ecosystem that further enhances the development of technologies, products and processes that benefit society.