Author: Janette Szelkowski


UNCG nanoscience professor Joseph Starobin (left) and collaborator Jarrett Lancaster (right) – past participants in the NSF I-Corps program – are working toward a wearable device to monitor heart health. Starobin is one of the many UNCG faculty working to bring their innovations to market.


Repost from UNCG Now

UNC Greensboro has received a $100,000 grant from NC IDEA to promote entrepreneurial ambition and economic advancement on campus and across the state.

The funding will support a new program – NC I-Corps Next Step – to help move faculty and student innovations to market.

UNCG will launch and lead the program, while collaborating with three fellow UNC System institutions: NC State, East Carolina University and UNC Charlotte.

UNCG and these institutions represent North Carolina’s four National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (NSF I-Corps) sites. The sites provide training and consultation to prepare scientists to extend their focus beyond the university laboratory and move toward commercialization.

Teams that have completed training through North Carolina’s NSF I-Corps sites will be eligible to participate in the new Next Step program, which will support company formation and fundraising efforts.

“Next Step, combined with the Greensboro I-Corps Program, will give local innovators access to the most transformative startup framework they have ever had,” said Justin Streuli, director of LaunchUNCG, the University’s umbrella initiative supporting entrepreneurship and innovation.

Because the four NC I-Corps sites accept faculty, student and alumni teams from schools all over the state, Streuli says, the opportunities and potential for impact are broad.

“This is a game changer for the North Carolina startup ecosystem.”

To learn more about the Greensboro I-Corps Program, a collaboration between UNCG and NC A&T, visit

For more information about NC IDEA, an independent private foundation committed to supporting entrepreneurial ambition and economic advancement in North Carolina, visit

Photography by Mike Dickens

Travel Fund to Better your Research

Now available for Grad Students!

Through the NSF I-Corps Program, $2,000 in  travel funds are available to UNCG & NCAT Graduate Students interested in attending trade shows to learn about their industry. Open to All Graduate Students, funds can be used to cover your travel, accommodations, meals and trade show entry fee.

Please click the link below to view the information sheet.

UNCG Grad Student Travel Program   |   336.256.8649   |   |   1613 MHRA Building   |   Office of Research & Engagement
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