Programs

Innovation Commercialization Bootcamps

Each field-specific bootcamp offers a one-day overview of commercialization considerations, including value proposition design, customer development and intellectural property.

  • SPRING PROGRAMS ARE COMPLETE - CHECK BACK FOR OUR SUMMER/FALL SCHEDULE

Value Proposition Design Workshops

  • Develop competence in customer discovery methods
  • Determine initial product/service application to a specific market, as well as longer-term market potential
  • Identify steps toward commercialization - scientific, market, business
  • $3,000 NSF-funded mini-grants available for customer discovery and prototyping

Four hands-on sessions cover the following:  product-market fit, customer discovery, pathway to commercialization, market assessment. 

  • SPRING PROGRAMS ARE UNDERWAY AND NO LONGER OPEN TO NEW PARTICIPANTS - CHECK BACK FOR OUR SUMMER/FALL SCHEDULE

Emerging Opportunities Forums

Panel discussions on entrepreneurial opportunities and showcases of UMN ventures.

 

Strategy Clinics

In collaboration with the Office for Technology Commercialization Venture Center

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

STARTUP: Customer Development & Testing

Students interested in pursuing their own entrepreneurial ventures are encouraged to apply for a new course offering based on lean startup principles and tools. STARTUP: Customer Development & Testing (MGMT 5102) is an intensive 2-credit course in which students test business model assumptions and receive recurring feedback from instructors and mentors. This is a self-directed class in which students must get outside of the classroom to meet with potential customers and partners. The class meets weekly during the initial 4 weeks, followed by periodic presentations and updates with instructors and mentors.

Application is open to all undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Minnesota. Participating students are eligible to receive pro bono legal assistance and seed capital grants up to $3,000 to fund prototype development and customer discovery. While individual students may apply, teams are encouraged to have sufficient capability. Apply here.

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Office for Technology Commercialization Seminars

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.

  • Bench to Business: Context, Capabilities & Collaboration Apr 12 5-7:30pm Register here 

 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 12:30pm

Women Innovators Conference - Teaser

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 to strengthen and extend the diverse talent pool of women innovators in the Twin Cities.

Learn more at mincorps.umn.edu/women-innovators-conference.