I-Corps also prepares scientists and engineers to expand their focus beyond the laboratory and increase the impact of basic research. There are two ways to participate in I-Corps @ UMass Lowell:
Teams start with research-based concepts and use interviews with potential customers to understand the potential of launching a startup. Site team ideas or projects can originate from student work, research (funded or unfunded), institutional, or industrial projects. All eligible projects must be STEM based.
Both faculty and students from University of Massachusetts Lowell, The University of Massachusetts Medical School, University of Massachusetts Boston, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Middlesex Community College are highly encouraged to participate in this program.
This program provides participants with:
- NSF linage for future grant participation
- Basic training module around customer interview skills,
- Networking opportunities,
- Modest funding (up to $3,000 per team) to enable groups to transition their work into the marketplace or into becoming I-Corps Team applicants.
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Supported with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and run by the New Venture Development Office, the I-Corps program is specifically designed for participants working on projects related NSF I-Corps. Participants are not required to have previous experience in business or entrepreneurship in order to be accepted into the I-Corps program.
This grant provides NVD with annual funding for the next three years to distribute to selected I-Corps applicant teams. These funds will be split among 30 teams per year to help them move innovative research toward commercialization. Each team grant will last for one to three months and can total up to $3,000.
The I-Corps prioritization of identifying intellectual property with the greatest potential for social and economic impact and then moving it towards commercialization is directly in line with UMass Lowell New Venture Development’s mission.
I-Corps funds will be designated for such teams working on UMass-connected technologies, including:
- Inventions arising out of the work of UMass-employed researchers and faculty.
- Technologies being developed by companies connected to the NVD through the UMass Innovation Hub (IHUB) and the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center incubator M2D2.
- Student-developed technology innovations that demonstrate the potential for commercial and social impact.