Friday, September 2, 2022

Sign up for MIN-Corps fall innovation seminars for researchers

The Minnesota Innovation Corps (MIN-Corps) will offer a variety of seminars and hands-on workshops for researchers on advancing innovations to real-world impact this fall. Events are free to current University of Minnesota students, staff, and faculty.

Learn how to make your ideas a reality!

The Minnesota Innovation Corps (MIN-Corps) will offer a variety of seminars and hands-on workshops for researchers on advancing innovations to real-world impact this fall. Events are free to current University of Minnesota students, staff, and faculty.

Introductory seminars

Introductory seminars provide overviews of commercialization concepts and resources.
  • NSF I-Corps: Innovation to Impact on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022, introduces the Lean Launchpad methodology developed at Stanford University and adopted as "I-Corps" by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other grant-making agencies, to translate research-based innovations into successful licensed products and business ventures. The course also includes an overview of University of Minnesota commercialization resources.
    Register for the NSF I-Corps: Innovation to Impact seminar

  • The Innovation Commercialization Bootcamp for science and engineering disciplines on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, is a half-day immersion in core concepts and resources for commercialization of research-based innovations. Topics include product-market fit, intellectual property, market assessment, milestones and regulatory pathways, and academic roles in commercialization.
    Register for the Innovation Commercialization Bootcamp for science and engineering

  • Value Proposition Design Webinars for any discipline are a "no-homework" version of the full Value Proposition Design course. Webinars are offered on on Monday, Nov. 14; Monday, Nov. 21; Monday, Nov. 28; and Monday, Dec. 5, 2022.
    Register for a Value Proposition Design webinar

  • The Securing Intellectual Property Forum on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022, will provide an overview of intellectual property and discuss procedures for cost-effectively securing IP assets. Attorneys from a broad range of innovative businesses will share their advice and experience.
    Register for the Securing Intellectual Property forum

  • The Early-State Startup Forum on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, will address some of the key tactics and resources concerning startup funding. Panelists will discuss how venture competitions not only offer prize money and in-kind benefits, but also lay the groundwork for funding.
    Register for the Early-stage Startup Funding forum

Hands-on workshops

Hands-on workshops focus on how to assess the market potential of your research-based innovation. Successful completion of the following workshops can lead to nomination to the competitive National Science Foundation (NSF) national I-Corps Teams program. The program includes a $50,000 grant for customer research as well as graduate student/post-doc stipends.

The JUMPSTART: Tech Commercialization I-CORPS Course for science and engineering will help you explore the commercial viability of your innovation idea. The course is intended for innovators exploring the commercialization potential of specific research-based innovations. Participants can:
  • Receive up to $1,000 for customer discovery-related expenses such as conference fees, and premium LinkedIn service
  • Gain market insight to inform the next steps in your research and/or development
  • Prepare for application to SBIR/STTR or other commercialization grants
  • Develop network connections and receive mentoring from industry experts and entrepreneurs
  • Develop the entrepreneurial mindset and toolset needed for a career in academia, industry, startups, or government
The course is offered from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on;
  • Friday, Oct. 14, 2022
  • Friday, Oct. 21, 2022
  • Friday, Oct. 28, 2022
  • Friday, Nov. 4, 2022
  • Friday, Nov. 11, 2022
Register for a JUMPSTART: Tech Commercialization I-CORPS course 

The Value Proposition Design Course for Science and Engineering is a compressed version of the Jumpstart I-Corps course emphasizing local expertise and resources from the University of Minnesota and the regional business ecosystem. A $1,000 customer discovery grant can be augmented up to $3,000. The course is offered either online or in person on the following dates, with the in-person location to be determined.
  • Friday, Sept. 23, 2022
  • Friday, Oct. 7, 2022
  • Friday, Oct. 21, 2022
  • Friday, Nov. 4, 2022
  • Friday, Nov. 18, 2022
Register for a Science and Engineering Value Proposition Design course

For more information, visit the MIN-Corps website.

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