MIN-Corps offers many options to explore innovation commercialization.  Scroll down past the calendar or click on any of the following:  Lean LaunchPad 101Innovation Commercialization Bootcamps - Value Proposition Design Workshops - STARTUP - Emerging Opportunities Forums - Strategy Clinics - Office for Technology Commercialization Startup Workshops - Women Innovators Conference 

Lean LaunchPad 101

This 60-90" seminar introduces the Lean Launchpad methodology that was developed at Stanford to translate university innovations into successful licensed products and ventures, and has been adopted as “I-Corps” by NSF, NIH and other federal agencies. Includes an overview of MIN-Corps programs, as well as University of Minnesota commercialization resources. Contact Carla Pavone to schedule a session for your department or group. 

Innovation Commercialization Bootcamps

A one-day overview of commercialization principles and strategies. Topics include:  Identifying Commercializable Technologies, Intellectual Property & Tech Transfer, Product-Market Fit Intro, Market Assessment Intro, Commercialization Milestones, Inventor Roles in Commercialization, Commercialization Resources

  • Medical Innovation Commercialization Bootcamp - Feb 21 10am-4pm - Register here

Value Proposition Design Workshops

Four hands-on sessions:  product-market fit, customer discovery, pathway to commercialization, market assessment. NSF-funded grants (up to $3,000) available for customer research. Successful completion can lead to nomination to the I-Corps National Teams program, which includes a $50,000 grant. These workshops are designed for participants interested in exploring the commercialization potential of specific innovations. 

  • Medical Innovation Value Proposition Design Workshops - Mar 7, Mar 21, Apr 4, Apr 18 1-4pm - Register here
  • Science & Engineering Value Proposition Design Workshops - Mar 8, Mar 22, Apr 5, Apr 19 1-4pm - Register here
  • Ag, Biotech & Environment Innovation Value Proposition Design Workshops - Mar 9, Mar 23, Apr 6, Apr 20 10:30am-1:30pm - Register here

STARTUP: Customer Dev & Testing

STARTUP: Customer Development & Testing (MGMT 5102) is an experiential 2-credit course for UMN undergrad and grad students interested in pursuing their own entrepreneurial ventures.  Students apply lean launchpad methods to test their value proposition and receive recurring feedback from instructors and mentors. Participating students are eligible to receive seed capital grants up to $3,000 to fund prototype development and customer discovery. Apply here.

Strategy Clinics

Current and future science and tech entrepreneurs share a meal, hear from experts, share their challenges, and seek advice.  

  • February 28 - 5-7pm - Register here
  • March 21 - 5-7pm - Register here
  • April 25 - 5-7pm - Register here

Emerging Opportunities Forums

  • Securing Intellectual Property - Feb 13  4-5:30pm - Register here
  • Clean Technology Business Models -  March 28 5-7pm - Register here
  • Early Stage Startup Funding - Apr 10  4-5:30pm - Register here
  • Founders Day UMN Entrepreneurship Courses Showcase - May 8  5-7pm - Register here


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OTC Startup Workshops

The University of Minnesota's Office for Technology Commercialization Venture Center offers seminars for UMN faculty, staff and students considering a startup based on inventions emerging from their research.  

  • China Opportunities for UMN Startups - Feb 21 5-7:30pm - Register here

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 12:30pm

Women Innovators Conference

The Women Innovators Conference is a professional development summit designed to help female innovators connect the dots between their ideas and achieving a positive, significant impact. This event will inspire, inform and connect women graduate students, faculty and business professionals in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM) to strengthen and extend the diverse talent pool of women innovators in the Twin Cities.

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