Friday, September 18, 2020

Register for the MIN-Corps fall Innovation Value Design Propostion online certificate course or webinar

Register for the MIN-Corps fall Value Proposition Design online certificate course for innovators exploring the commercialization potential of research-based innovations. The five-session, hands-on course includes instruction and mentoring by experts in tech commercialization. The certificate courses, as well as the optional "light" webinar, are free to current University of Minnesota students, staff, and faculty.

Learn how to translate your innovations into a business!


Register for the MIN-Corps fall Value Proposition Design online certificate course for innovators exploring the commercialization potential of research-based innovations. The five-session, hands-on courses include instruction and mentoring by experts in tech commercialization. 

The certificate courses, as well as the optional "light" webinar, are free to current University of Minnesota students, staff, and faculty. Course workshops and the webinar will be delivered via Zoom.

Courses are taught by instructors with discipline-specific technology commercialization experience, and attendees receive one-on-one advice from industry experts and entrepreneurs. MIN-Corps grants up to $3,000 to UMN-affiliated projects for customer research. Successful completion can lead to nomination of academic teams for the NSF I-Corps National Teams program, with a $50,000 grant.

The program applies the Lean Startup approach and Customer Discovery methods to specific innovations. External industry executives, as well as experts from the Office for Technology Commercialization, the UMN Libraries, and the Carlson School of Management also will be available to help.

Certificate courses will include:
  • Intro to the lean launchpad format
  • Product-market fit 
  • Customer discovery 
  • Pathway to commercialization 
  • Market assessment

Medical Innovation Value Proposition Design Workshops
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020
Noon-2 p.m.
Register for the Medical Innovation Value Proposition Design Workshops

Science and Engineering Value Proposition Design Workshops
Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020
Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020
Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020
Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020
Noon-2 p.m.
Register for the Science and Engineering Value Proposition Design Workshops

Value Proposition Design "Light" Webinar
A "light" version webinar also is available, and includes the same content as the certificate courses, but there is no homework, no need for a specific innovation, no mentors, and no grants. It is a short-form guide to the Lean Startup (also called Lean LaunchPad) approach, a structured process to quickly assess and refine business concepts, and is a good way to gain exposure to the concepts.