The National Science Foundation, the United Negro College Fund, the Ernest E. Just Institute for the Life Sciences, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), CSU I-Corps, University of New Hampshire I-Corps, and MIT I-Corps have successfully partnered since 2017 to present the Bio-Entrepreneurship Workshop.
Date: June 7*-18, 2021
The virtual workshop will begin with a half day on Friday, June 7th to form entrepreneurial teams and develop team focus around a specific research issue. The workshop will continue over a two-week period requiring 5 days of full-time commitment each week. The workshop will involve an active mix of webinars, teamwork, and homework. Half of the day will consist of interactions on Zoom (either webinars or teamwork) while the other half will consist of completing homework including team interaction and interviews with potential customers, experts and mentors.
Researchers on the east coast should reserve the afternoon hours (starting noon), researchers in the midwest (starting 11 am) and mountain regions (starting 10 am) and researchers on the west coast should reserve morning hours (starting 9 am).
The workshop will require active, hands-on teamwork and your full commitment during all scheduled activities. Each day will require a full day's effort.
PLEASE NOTE BEFORE APPLYING: The workshop is not useful to researchers who already have started down a commercialization pathway (completed other I-Corps workshops or courses, filed a provisional patent application, licensed intellectual property, received SBIR/STTR funding, etc.).
Informational webinar coming soon!
The workshop is open to U.S.-based, early-career researchers from groups underrepresented in biotechnology research organizations. Researchers from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities, and minority-serving institutions in U.S. states and territories are especially encouraged to apply. Research-active assistant professors, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate and undergraduate students are eligible to participate. We welcome and encourage applications from faculty and students in all disciplines related to the current practice of biotechnology, including but not limited to life sciences, physical sciences, clinical sciences, math, computer science, agricultural science, and engineering.
Participants will be selected by the organizers based on a complete, thoughtfully-crafted application, the applicants' research background, lack of previous technology transfer training, and a desire to learn about biotechnology commercialization. Selection decisions will be made in April and communicated by email to addresses supplied by applicants in this application. Participant expenses, including travel, lodging, meals, and transportation will be covered by the program.
2021 I-Corps Bio-Entrepreneurship Workshops applicants do NOT need previous commercialization experience, a developed venture concept, or any intellectual property in hand. The workshop is designed for curious researchers and nascent academic entrepreneurs from universities nationwide and will be based on case studies supplied by the organizers, not the participants' research-based ideas.
If you have questions about the workshop, contact Christine Montgomery at firstname.lastname@example.org.