Your research shows promise not only for advancing knowledge but also to help make things better for people, governments, businesses, or the environment. You are curious about commercialization, but you're not sure where to start or even what questions to ask. This bootcamp will give an overview of what you should think about and what resources are available to you.

This half day immersion seminar introduces core concepts and resources for commercialization of research-driven innovations. We'll draw from the Lean LaunchPad curriculum used by the National I-Corps, the NSF-funded education program to accelerate technology commercialization across U.S. universities. The bootcamp will also include a local twist - including resources and case examples specific to the University of Minnesota and the Twin Cities commercialization ecosystem.

This bootcamp is targeted to University of Minnesota faculty, staff and student researchers who want to learn more about commercialization considerations, as well as the resources available to support bringing an innovation to market. Industry partners and business advisors are also welcome to participate.

Location: Coffman Memorial Union Room 324. Refreshments provided.


The session will be conducted by experts from the Office for Technology Commercialization and the Carlson School of Management. Topics will include:

  • Identifying and Defining a Commercializable Solution
  • Academic Roles in Commercialization
  • Product-Market Fit: Customer Segments and Value Proposition Design
  • Market Assessment
  • Getting Started: Commercialization Milestones
  • Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer - Working With the OTC

Related Programs

If you are actively working on an innovation with commercialization potential, consider participating in the Innovation Value Proposition Design Workshops.

About MIN-Corps

With support from the National Science Foundation, MIN-Corps is a joint initiative of the College of Science and Engineering, the Office for Technology Commercialization, and the Carlson School of Management’s Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship.

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