What Is I-Corps
With this project, the University of Texas at El Paso establishes an Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Site through its Mike Loya Center for Innovation and Commerce and bridges the Colleges of Business Administration and Engineering. Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Sites are NSF-funded entities established at universities whose purpose is to nurture and support multiple, local teams to transition their technology concepts into the marketplace. Sites provide infrastructure, advice, resources, networking opportunities, training and modest funding to enable groups to transition their work into the marketplace or into becoming I-Corps Team applicants. I-Corps Sites also strengthen innovation locally and regionally and contribute to the National Innovation Network of mentors, researchers, entrepreneurs and investors.
The UTEP I-Corps Site, in close collaboration with the University's Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) and Entrepreneurship Community of Practice (ECop), fosters and accelerates transition of customer-driven research into the commercial world. This UTEP I-Corps Site reinforces local and regional innovation and contributes to a regional/national pool of professional mentors, professionally trained entrepreneurs and customer-driven innovators. The site provides researchers with a critical component of validation that helps them propel their innovations out of UTEP's labs and into regional and national commercial activities. This I-Corps Site, located in a Hispanic-serving institution, synergizes innovation, research commercialization and new business creation across the region served by the university.
This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria
Office of Technology Commercialization, in partnership with the Southwest I-Corps Node, invite you to participate in the National Science Foundation’s Regional Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Program (https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/i-corps/).
I-Corps helps develop the commercial value of academic research and innovation. I-Corps introduces teams to the lean launchpad approach, which helps teams assess the potential value of their innovation and quickly and effectively validate their commercialization strategy. Teams completing the regional program will be eligible to apply for the national NSF I-Corps program and a $50,000 I-Corps team grant. You don't need a full team to apply. The Mike Loya Center and UTEP OTC can help you form a team.