Commercialization Training Programs
The commercialization training arm at The Center for Entrepreneurship facilitates the translation of high-impact research into the world by providing faculty, researchers and graduate students learning and mentorship opportunities that teach the foundation of innovation and customer discovery. These programs are a critical piece of The CFE’s center-wide effort to inspire entrepreneurial spirit in The College of Engineering, and the University as a whole.
In 2012, The University of Michigan CFE was selected as one of the first two universities to offer the I-Corps program along with Georgia Institute of Technology, as a grant from the National Science Foundation. As a node, the CFE serves as the Midwest hub for education, infrastructure and research that engage academic scientists and engineers in innovation and to deliver the I-Corps Curriculum to teams admitted to this prestigious program. We execute numerous successful I-Corps programs throughout the year, both here at the University of Michigan and at universities and organizations across our state and the Midwest region.
The NSF I-Corps methodology aims to disrupt an institutional approach to research by taking faculty, students and staff out of their native environment – the lab – and bringing them in front of real, potential customers to validate or discover a commercial application for their research. This philosophy has shaped The CFE’s commercialization training curriculum that now includes a multitude of state and university-funded programs.
From one-on-one mentoring in ideation to full de-risking and funding support, The CFE has a nationally-recognized staff of instructors, trainers and mentors that make the transition from lab to market a smoother, efficient and more valuable process for the participants, regardless of the outcome. Our programming philosophy has proven to be so effective, that The Center for Entrepreneurship commercialization team now teaches other universities and organizations across the country on how to successfully run their own programs.
Commercialization Programs Roadmap
From ideation to concept hardening to risk reduction to licensing and spinout, the path to commercialization can be complex. The commercialization programs interactive roadmap provides resources at every stage when you click on any of the “stops.”
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