In June 2013, the National Science Foundation announced that The University of Akron (UA) would be one of three initial I-Corps Sites locations designated to educate faculty, students and the community on entrepreneurial principles. Our goal is to help faculty and students answer important commercialization questions directly applicable to state and federal grant programs, as well as to support in identifying industry partners and potential licensees.
The UA I-Corps Sites program will support teams through critical market and commercialization evaluations associated with a specific UA developed idea or technology. These teams will be comprised of at least one faculty member (Academic Lead), one student (Entrepreneurial Lead), and one Mentor. Faculty from all colleges and department are encouraged to apply. Students may also apply independently to join teams.
Each team will be required to submit a short application that will be evaluated on the following criteria:
Applications will be accepted any time, and will be evaluated three times each year (September, December, and May).
As part of the program, each team will be required to attend training and meet with a business Mentor. The goal of the program is to help commercialize UA technologies and ideas with the specific outcome of the UA I-Corps Sites program being a team decisions on whether to pursue commercialization through one of the following:
Program participants are also eligible for up to $2,500 in NSF funding, which can be used for: