Rochester Institute of Technology has partnered with Cornell University and University of Rochester to create the Upstate New York (UNY) I-Corps Node. NSF has awarded $4.2 million to the three universities to support this Node. NSF I-Corps gives researchers the opportunity to combine their strong technical and scientific knowledge with an entrepreneurial mindset, with the goal of discovering new technologies that can be developed for market.
The Upstate New York I-Corps Node combines the experience of the nation’s top university R&D region with the entrepreneurial knowledge of experienced mentors and faculty. The Node acts as a hub for commercialization training in the Northeast, connecting skilled researchers to valuable resources through national and regional I-Corps programming.
The I-Corps Node program is designed to prepare participants to innovate and create beyond the academic sphere. The UNY I-Corps Node will provide targeted curriculum, mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs, and a connection to the national I-Corps network of Nodes, Sites, Teams, and knowledge. Each year, the UNY I-Corps Node will recommend 20-30 teams to the National NSF program, where participants can receive $50K NSF funding and other opportunities; participating in a Short Course is an excellent way to get involved in the I-Corps network.
RIT’s Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will host a Short Course on the RIT campus beginning in March 2018, taught by Anthony Testa and Ed Bizari. In-person sessions will be held March 23, March 24 and April 6 with conference calls on March 28 and April 4. Visit NSF I-Corps Upstate New York (UNY) Node for more information.
There currently exists a range of Access and Inclusion Technologies (A&IT), either on the market or in development, to help people—whether they are chronically ill patients, aging seniors, veterans, deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals, people who are blind and visually impaired, or individuals with physical and cognitive challenges.
RIT, in partnership with the NSF Upstate New York (UNY) I-Corps Node, is committed to advancing access and inclusion for people of all abilities through innovative technology research and development. In addition to the core curriculum of the UNY I-Corps Node Short Courses, the A&IT Short Course specifically will explore the unique systems and challenges involved in A&IT realization and commercialization.
Register for a Spring 2018 Short Course!
Fall UNY I-Corps Short Courses are open for registration. Apply now - a limited number of teams are admitted to each I-Corps Short Course to allow for the best interaction with the instructors.
Each short course is two weeks, with an in-person kick-off, two weeks of work with weekly remote check-ins, and an in-person wrap-up. Courses are free to attend, and you do not need current/prior NSF funding to participant. Your team can attend a Short Course at any convenient location.
Completing a Short Course puts your team in an excellent position to apply to the national NSF Teams program -- where you'll have $50,000 in support to conduct customer discovery -- or another entrepreneurship program. Click here to learn more.
For more information on the UNY I-Corps Node visit the website.
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