Participants apply the Lean LaunchPad methodology to learn how to translate their science and technology innovations to real-life products and services. Five modules: intro, product-market fit, customer discovery, pathway to commercialization, and market assessment.
Tailored and targeted lunch-time sessions on science/technology innovation commercialization and entrepreneurship for academic departments, student clubs, affinity groups, research centers and professional development programs.
To request a customized program for your group, contact Ashley Mahoney at [email protected]
The Inclusive Innovators Summit will bring together under-represented Midwest graduate students, postdocs, and faculty with academic and entrepreneurial leaders to build insights and solutions for inclusive engagement in research commercialization and science entrepreneurship.
The Inclusive Innovators Summit's objectives include:
Exposing early-career innovators to commercialization concepts and expert resources
Sharing best practices in attracting, retaining, and supporting under-represented innovators
Building community among academics interested in translation, commercialization, and entrepreneurship
Creating connections between diverse academic innovators and the entrepreneurial ecosystem
University researchers want to bring their breakthrough innovations to market, but lack business expertise. Business-savvy grad students at the Carlson School of Management are seeking meaningful entrepreneurial experiences. Let's combine these talents to bridge the gap between research and real-world impact. MBA/MS Carlson grad students hear pitches from University Minnesota scientists each November, then work to advance the business side of scientific innovations during the spring semester.
This 2-credit course uses the Lean LaunchPad structured process to learn the initial process of customer development by testing market acceptance of a specific new business concept. Students (both undergrad and graduate level) from across the University of Minnesota are welcome to enroll as long as they have a specific idea or technology that they are interested in pursuing. The goal of the course is to teach the process to quickly and efficiently test the value and market fit for a new concept. This in-person class meets each fall and spring on Tuesday afternoons at 3:45.
The Great Lakes I-Corps Hub Jumpstart Technology Commercialization online workshops help researchers explore the commercial viability of STEM-based innovation ideas. Each course includes 5 biweekly sessions: Course Orientation, Product-Market Fit, Customer Discovery, Market Assessment, Commercialization Pathway. In between the formal course sessions, participants conduct 20-30 customer discovery interviews, complete online learning assignments, apply the tools to their own tech, and receive feedback and coaching from experienced instructors/mentors. Successful completion of a Jumpstart course can qualtify academic teams for nomination to the NSF I-Corps Teams program, which includes a $50,000 grant.