Regional Program @ Dallas
Spring 2020

Southwest I-Corps is offering a regional NSF I-Corps program for graduate academic research teams to explore the commercial potential of their research and innovation. Teams who successfully complete the program can achieve eligibility to apply for the national NSF I-Corps program and a $50,000 I-Corps team grant. During the program, teams will be introduced to fundamental I-Corps principles, helping teams explore the potential commercial value of their research or innovation, and quickly and effectively validate their commercialization strategy. To gain a deep understanding of their market, teams spend time talking to customers, partners, competitors, and industry professionals.

Benefits of Participation

•  Develop entrepreneurial skills
•  Improve odds for commercial success
•  Validate business model
•  Establish product-market fit
•  Achieve eligibility to apply for $50,000 I-Corps team grant

Team Composition

Graduate students, faculty and staff interested in translating their innovation and research into commercial ventures are encouraged to apply.

Teams must meet the following criteria:
•  At least two researchers per team
•  Technical proficiency of research or innovation
•  Right to practice intellectual property
•  Patent or patent-pending deep-tech innovation, or intent to file patent application

Program Dates

Thursday, March 5  •  Pre-Launch Workshop (1.5 hours; virtual)
Friday, March 20
  •  Opening Workshop (in person; full day)
Friday, March 27  •  Midterm Review (1.5 hours; virtual)
Friday, April 10
  •  Closing Workshop (in person; full day)

*in person sessions held at Texas Woman’s University, Dallas Campus (5500 Southwestern Medical Avenue, Dallas, Texas)

Learn More & Apply

Aprille Busch  •  abusch@ati.utexas.edu