Do you have an innovation or technology that you think is ready for market?
Are you interested in customer discovery around your innovation?
Are you ready to commercialize your innovation?
Are you interested in participating in the CSUN I-Corps Site Program?
California State University, Northridge (CSUN) has been at the forefront of promoting entrepreneurship and innovation through Cii, its on-campus incubator, and student competitions like Appjam, Varjam and the Bull Ring. To strengthen these efforts, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has recently awarded CSUN with a grant as part of its Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Program to support commercialization of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) innovations and entrepreneurship activities at CSUN. Research and Sponsored Programs (RSP) is supporting a parallel program for non-STEM innovations.
The federally funded I-Corps grant will provide as many as 30 teams with up to $3,000 each to explore an idea, product or service in the STEM fields to determine its viability on the commercial market. The teams consist of 1) an entrepreneurial lead – typically a student or postdoctoral fellow, 2) an academic lead– typically a staff or faculty member, and 3) an industry mentor, who can be a non-CSUN affiliate. This new CSUN I-Corps Site Program will prepare teams to take their innovation to the next level such as formation of a start-up company and/or additional follow-on funding from a variety of sources. I-Corps teams are also eligible to compete for a national NSF I-Corps Grant for $50,000 toward commercialization of their research/invention/technology.
Part of the program will include an I-Corps Site short course over the Fall semester that introduces participants to the key concepts and methodologies used in I-Corps, which is the rigorous market assessment and validation program pioneered by the NSF. I-Corps Site teams will receive up to $3,000 to support their customer discovery efforts, and teams that successfully complete this short course will be eligible to apply for the National NSF I-Corps program.