Regional Program @ The University of Texas at San Antonio (Virtual)
Fall 2021

In these unprecedented times, there has been a strong focus on innovations that are considered resilient. Do you have resilient technology, or are you conducting research that’s considered to be resilient? Would you like to understand what it takes to commercialize your research so that the greater good can benefit? We can help.

The University of Texas San Antonio’s Office of Commercialization and Innovation is deploying an innovative lean startup experience for entrepreneurial minded teams in San Antonio. Teams will engage in an Official NSF I-Corps Regional Program focused on examining their technological innovation for product-market fit. The objective of this course is to provide teams with an introduction to Lean Launchpad methodologies and quickly advance the commercialization opportunity.

Qualified university-based teams that engage in the entirety of the workshop may be eligible for a $3,000 award, and the possibility of even further funds and resources to help with further product development.

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

Program Dates

October 25  •  9:00 – 10:30 am
Workshop 1 – Introduction to Customer Development


October 26  •  9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Workshop 2 – Ecosystem Development & Discovery


November 2  •  9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Workshop 3 – Lessons Learned & Discovery 2.0


November 3 – 9
Office Hours – 1:1 Instructor Meeting with Teams


November 10  •  9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Workshop 4 – Lessons Learned & Value Propositions


November 11 – 18
Office Hours – 1:1 Instructor Meeting with Teams


November 19  •  9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Workshop 5 – Lessons Learned & Stakeholder Motivations


*All workshops will be held virtually.

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

Learn More & Apply

For more information, contact Dr. Christine Burke.