Get Help with Technology Commercialization
The University of Akron Research Foundation (UARF) offer several ways to help with
commercialization of inventions and research.
NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) is a suite of activities and programs that guide inventors and
researchers to explore the commercial potential of their technologies through customer interviews,
market research, and feedback from experienced business mentors.
The University of Akron | Proof of Concept Initiative
The Proof of Concept Initiative is a UA program that reviews, evaluates, and funds university
technologies that have specific prototyping or testing needs to get to the next stage. The program
will allow UA applicants to apply for funds two to three times each year with funding amounts up to $50,000.
Other funding sources
Federal and state agencies offer grants for technology commercialization, including funding
activities such as prototyping, testing, and market research.