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 

NSF I-Corps: From Lab to Impact

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.

2018 Fall Sessions

  • Session One: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, August 28th
  • Session Two: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, August 29th
  • Session Three: 11: 30 am to 1:30 pm, August 30th 

*All locations are TBD

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

2018 Fall Session

* All locations are TBD.

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. 

2018 Summer Session 

2018 Fall Session 

StartUp: Customer Development and 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.

2018 Fall Session

Class Number: 22911

Date: 3:45 pm to 5:25 pm (Every Tuesday from September 4th to December 11th)

Location: Room L-118, Carlson School of Management 

Strategy Clinics

Monthly dinners where current and future science and tech entrepreneurs share a meal, hear from experts, share their challenges, and seek advice.

2018 Fall Session

5pm-7pm, September 26th: If, When and How to Build Up a Startup Team?

5pm-7pm, October 24th: Building Your Revenue Model

5pm-7pm, November 28thFinding and Keeping Customers

* All locations are TBD. 

Emerging Opportunities Forums

2018 Fall Session

4:00pm-5:30pm, Oct 2nd: Securing Your Intellectual Property

4:00pm-5:30pm, Nov 27th: Early Stage Startup Funding

4:00pm-5:30pm, Dec 11thMIN-Corps Projects Showcase

*All locations are TBD.


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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.  

  • Startup Workshop: The Finer Points of Raising Money - May 23 5-7:30 pm - Register here.

    UMN reserachers are invited to a free startup seminar and networking event to learn from peer faculty who have launched startup companies and hear from startup executives about their experiences identifying angel investors, working with venture capitalists, and learning how to pitch a new technology to investors.  

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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