Innovation Corps

MIN-Corps, an I-Corps site

MIN-Corps is the University of Minnesota site for the National Science Foundation I-Corps program.  We provide commercialization education and coaching programs that help STEM students, postdocs and faculty develop the skills required to translate their innovations into product and services with real-world impact.  To learn more about MIN-Corps leadership and how to contact us, click here.

MIN-Corps Results

light bulb on postitSince 2014, 3000+ participants from 22 colleges within University of Minnesota and the business community have participated in 79+ MIN-Corps academic courses, commercialization bootcamps, value proposition design workshops, seminars and events.  The 301 innovation teams (including 22 active startups) have generated over $12.7 million in commercialization grants and investment funding.  Also, congratulations to the following 17 NSF I-Corps National Teams participants, which each recieved a $50,000 grant to engage in intense customer discovery and business model design:

Sironix Renewables (Fall 2016)---TearRestore (Summer 2016)---Soundly (Summer 2017)

Printed Bioelectronic Solutions (Summer 2017)---Neurobotics (Fall 2017)---Farm Vision Technologies (Fall 2017)

Superior Organoid Technologies (Winter 2018)---Sciamble (Spring 2018)---NovoClade (Summer 2018)

TerraCover (Fall 2018)---Stratix Labs (Winter 2019)---TrimBit Technologies (Winter 2019)---Cylark (Spring 2019)

Renogen (Summer 2019)---Laelia (Summer 2019)---Medical Dynamics (Summer 2019)---Hybrid MEMS Valve (Fall 2019)


MIN-Corps offers a variety of short-term, non-credit bootcamps and workshops aimed at catalyzing technology commercialization across the University of Minnesota.

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STARTUP Participant Experience: Be.Strong.Peaceful.

STARTUP: Customer Development and Testing

Students and researchers use the STARTUP course to test business model assumptions. By meeting with potential customers and partners, participants make the first step towards technology commercialization.

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