National Science Foundation I-Corps
Do you have research or an innovative idea with commercial potential? UM’s NSF I-Corps Site wants to hear from you!
The University of Montana (UM) through the Blackstone LaunchPad has been named an Innovation-Corps Site (I-Corps).
The program’s goal is to create a STEM-focused ecosystem which successfully commercializes research and innovations. In short to accelerate the commercialization of research and innovative ideas.
The I-Corps program will provide training and coaching to help researchers and innovators identify target markets, conduct market research and evaluate market readiness. In addition, teams will receive grants of up to $2500 to further their commercialization research effort. Each team will consist of:
- Entrepreneurial lead
The I-Corps program is a 5-week program which includes the I-Corps Customer Discovery Academy comprising three 1.5-hour classes focusing on how to:
- Identify target markets
- Conduct customer research
andunderstanding of technology commercialization and barriers to success
Teams then work over the 5 weeks to perform targeted customer interviews and evaluate feedback to refine or revise the team’s understanding of its target market and commercial potential.
In the final week of the
The Exploration Grants up to $2500 can be used to support the customer discovery process. Potential uses include travel to consult experts, interview customers or attend training events at the Bay Area I-Corps Node.
In addition, selected teams from the UM site will be candidates to apply for regional and national I-Corps programs. Teams at that level benefit from further commercialization training, support and up to $50,000 to support their effort.
The program is open faculty, staff, students as well as community members.
To apply for the program click here.
Applications for the first cohort must be completed by 2/15/2019.
The initial cohort applications will be reviewed, and teams announced by 2/20/2019 with the initial Innovation Corps Customer Discovery Academy classes are February 25, 27 and March 4
Additional cohorts are expected to begin in April, June
Director, Accelerate Montana & Blackstone LaunchPad