2021 I-Corps Bio-Entrepreneurship Workshop

Bio I-Corps class

 

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-CorpsMIT I-Corps, and the Coalition of State Bioscience Institutes  have successfully partnered since 2017 to present the Bio-Entrepreneurship Workshop.

Date: July 5-16, 2021

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APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, June 11, 2021 (midnight wherever you are)

Overview

The virtual workshop will begin on Monday, July 5 and 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 will start at 11 am, researchers in the Midwest will start at 10 am, researchers in the mountain regions will starting at 9 am and researchers on the west coast will start at 8 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.).

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 work with industry professionals to learn about biotechnology commercialization, grow professional networks, and explore entrepreneurial opportunities that build on basic research. All workshop participants will work in teams with industry professionals.

I-Corps creates entrepreneurial experiences “with all the pressures and demands of the real world” - so expect a participatory, fast-paced, high-energy virtual workshop. There will be team-work, and participants will interview experts and potential customers.

Check out this informational slide deck for additional details

Eligibility

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.

Selection Criteria

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.

Contact

If you have questions about the workshop, contact Christine Montgomery at csuperb@sdsu.edu.

Contact

If you have questions about the workshop, contact Christine Montgomery at csuperb@sdsu.edu.