Southwest I-CorpsTM is a hub for education, infrastructure and research to engage academic scientists and engineers in innovation.

Through the combined entrepreneurial experience and research capabilities of four leading research institutions in Texas, Southwest I-CorpsTM supports and connects young scientists, leading faculty and the greater business community across the Texas and Southwest region in testing their funded research for potential commercial applications through national and regional I-CorpsTM programming.

Together, we are spurring innovation.

We’re working to build, utilize, and sustain the national innovation ecosystem.

Southwest I-CorpsTM is part of the National Innovation Network (NIN), a national network of NSF-funded researchers from I-Corps™ Teams, I-Corps™ Nodes, and I-Corps™ Sites. Working together, this network of thinkers addresses America’s needs for innovation education, infrastructure, and research.

Individually known as an I-CorpsTM Node, Southwest I-CorpsTM cultivates regional innovation education, infrastructure and research. We work cooperatively with other I-CorpsTM Nodes to foster understanding on how to:

  • Identify, develop and support promising ideas that can generate value,
  • Create and implement tools and resources that enhance our nation’s innovation capacity,
  • Gather, analyze, evaluate and utilize the data and insight resulting from the experiences of the I-CorpsTM Teams, and
  • Share and leverage effective innovation practices on a national scale to improve the quality of life for the American public.

Our Team

Brad Burke

Co-Principal Investigator
Rice University

Marco Bravo

Executive Director
NSF I-Corps Faculty

The University of Texas at Austin

Aprille Busch

Program Manager
The University of Texas at Austin

Jessica Fleenor

Program Manager
Rice University

Kimberly Gramm

Program Director
Texas Tech University

Chuck Hinton

Program Director
Texas A&M University

Dan Jaffe

Principal Investigator
The University of Texas at Austin

Kaz Karwowski

NSF I-Corps Faculty
Rice University

Richard Lester

Co-Principal Investigator
Texas A&M University

Blake Petty

NSF I-Corps Faculty Lead
Texas A&M University

Amanda Prestia

Marketing Director
Rice University

Kerri Smith

Program Director
Rice University

David Snow

Node Administrator
Texas Tech University

Shanna Spencer

Program Manager
Texas A&M University

Valerie Taylor

Co-Principal Investigator
Texas A&M University

Weston Waldo

Program Director
Texas Tech University

Cindy WalkerPeach

NSF I-Corps Faculty
The University of Texas at Austin