The Entrepreneurial Lead (EL) could be a Post-Doctoral scholar, graduate or other student or other personnel with relevant knowledge of the technology and a deep commitment to investigate the commercial landscape surrounding the innovation. The Entrepreneurial Lead should also be capable and have the will to support the transition of the technology, should the I-CorpsTM project demonstrate the potential for commercial viability.

The I-Corps Teams Mentor (IM) will typically be an experienced entrepreneur with proximity to the institution and experience in transitioning technology out of Academic labs. The I-Corps Teams Mentor must be a third-party resource and may be recommended by the proposing institution. The I-Corps Mentor will be responsible for advising the team through the I-CorpsTM process and helping the team navigate the business ecosystem in the specific application area(s).

The Technical Lead (TL) will typically be a faculty member, senior research scientist or postdoctoral scholar with deep and direct technical expertise in the actual core technology about which the I-Corps team is exploring commercial potential. Typically the Technical Lead will also serve as the proposal Principal Investigator (PI).

  • Proposal Principal Investigator. Proposal Principal Investigator (PI) and a brief description of their connection to the team
  • Lineage. Relevant current/previous NSF awards establishing team eligibility
  • Technology. Brief description of the core technology
  • Application/Market. Brief description of the potential commercial applications
  • Current Plan. Brief description of the current commercialization plan.

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