If you are a UConn student or faculty member interested in learning about the commercial potential of your venture check out Accelerate UConn
Accelerate UConn is UConn’s National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Site. Its mission is to catalyze the transition of new scientific discoveries and capabilities from the lab to the marketplace.
Participating teams will receive an introduction to the most critical elements of the I-Corps Curriculum and Lean Launchpad methodology. Over the course of 7 weeks, teams will learn how to determine the market opportunity for their product or technology.
Each workshop provides hands-on training in the fundamental components of new venture creation and is delivered by experienced entrepreneurs and faculty members. Participants are provided with personalized coaching and feedback which will help them construct an evidence-based business model and market entry strategy. Participating teams also receive $3,000 in seed funding for their ventures.
Accelerate UConn is open to all university faculty and students.
Faculty members with unique research-based innovations can determine the commercialization potential of their innovations. Faculty are encouraged to enlist the help of a graduate student or a post-doc who can help advance the team’s efforts by participating in workshops and training seminars, doing the work associated with identifying viable markets for new products and technology, and developing a strategy to bring them to market.
Students developing new ideas that are not linked to their graduate program or a faculty member's research are encouraged to come together as a group fo 2-3 individuals with complementary skill sets. They should consider enlisting the advice and counsel of a faculty member who has relevant technical or industry-based information. While this faculty member may not be expected to be involved in the day-to-day operations of the fledgling business, or participate fully in workshops or training activities, they might provide:
- advice to fine-tune a student idea
- existing technology to operationalize a concept
- technical support for student-developed innovations or technology
- credibility to student efforts