ICE = Impact is for science and technology innovators curious about commercialization and entrepreneurship. Perhaps you’re thinking about doing your own startup, or perhaps you’d just like to explore how to bring your innovation closer to real-world impact through commercialization. These sessions are open to students at all levels, postdocs, research scientists and faculty.
Join us at The Toaster, the new innovation hub at Walter Library, to share a meal and meet science/tech entrepreneurs and commercialization experts. All sessions take place 11:30-1:00 pm. Free lunch!**See below for section descriptions. Please enroll (right column drop down) in each individual section you plan to attend.**
Section 1: NSF I-Corps: From Lab to Impact
Date: Feb. 17 from 11:30am-1:00pm (register on the right)
Introducing the Lean LaunchPad methodology to translate innovations to successful licensed products and/or startups. Includes an overview of local MIN-Corps seminars as well as the NSF I-Corps National Teams program, which includes a $50,000 grant for innovation teams engaging in business model design and intense customer discovery. Meet past participants in NSF I-Corps National Teams cohorts.
Section 2: Launching a Science/Tech Startup
Date: Mar. 2 from 11:30am-1:00pm (register on the right)
What does it take to start an innovation-based venture? An overview of what a new business should have in place. Meet former and current students, scientists and faculty who have launched their own science/tech startups.
Section 3: Assessing a Science/Tech Business Opportunity
Date: Apr. 6 from 11:30am-1:00pm (register on the right)
How can you determine if your innovation is a strong business opportunity? Learn about the five elements of a high-potential business idea, as well as processes and resources to assess market and financial viability of your concept. Includes case studies of successes, as well as pivots (failures that became successes).
Section 4: Help! Startup and Commercialization Resources
Date: May 4 from 11:30am-1:00pm (register on the right)
The University of Minnesota is part of a rich ecosystem that supports both startups and commercialization. This session will give an overview of what’s out there, and how to connect to resources. Meet representatives from the UMN TechComm office, MNSBIR, and the Twin Cities startup community.