National network of entrepreneurs shines at White House Demo Day

August 05, 2015

Just as transformative ideas and discoveries often arise from unexpected places, innovators and entrepreneurs are as likely to come from a small town in Ohio as Silicon Valley.

To help give a more diverse group of inventors, entrepreneurs and researchers the tools they need to bring bold science and engineering ideas to the marketplace, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has formed new public and private partnerships to give a larger community of innovators access to its successful Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) program.

This expansion coincides with the first-ever Demo Day at the White House, an event that will showcase talents of innovators and entrepreneurs from across the country.

The I-Corps™ program, which teaches participants to identify valuable, high-tech product and market opportunities that can arise from their engineering and science research discoveries and inventions, is one of several ways in which NSF feeds the nation's innovation ecosystem. NSF invests in basic research in all fields of science and engineering to enhance U.S. competitiveness. Complementing its investment in basic research, NSF supports a suite of programs to transition research advances with real-world applications potential.

This week, NSF announces the following partnerships to share the I-Corps curriculum with more diverse communities:These new activities build upon already-thriving programs at the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, which was the first agency to partner with NSF I-Corps™ in 2012, and the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, which partnered with NSF in 2013.

In 2013, NSF also launched I-Corps™ for Learning, a version of the I-Corps TM curriculum that encourages NSF researchers in STEM education and learning to think beyond their research results and to take effective, research-based STEM practices into classrooms across America.

More than 500 teams and 1,600 people have completed I-Corps training, resulting in 261 startups that have raised more than $49 million in funding from outside sources. To date, 176 teams have reported new collaborations between their universities and the outside community, either industry, investors, and/or state or local governments.

"The I-Corps model has spread because of the people from all fields of science and engineering who have gone through the training and have been truly transformed by the experience," said NSF Director France Córdova. "The power of these success stories compels more people to bring I-Corps to their communities."

"We envision that, ultimately, anyone who wants an experiential education for technological innovation will have access to it," she said.

Diversity is a critical driver of excellence in research and innovation in STEM in the 21st century. For more comprehensive inclusion, NSF will launch a new initiative, INCLUDES, in FY 2016 to develop the nation's STEM talent for long-term impact on U.S. leadership in science, engineering and innovation through the contributions of women, members of racial and ethnic groups that have been underrepresented in STEM, and people with disabilities.

There is more information on the NSF I-Corps program on the NSF website.
-end-


National Science Foundation

Related Engineering Articles from Brightsurf:

Re-engineering antibodies for COVID-19
Catholic University of America researcher uses 'in silico' analysis to fast-track passive immunity

Next frontier in bacterial engineering
A new technique overcomes a serious hurdle in the field of bacterial design and engineering.

COVID-19 and the role of tissue engineering
Tissue engineering has a unique set of tools and technologies for developing preventive strategies, diagnostics, and treatments that can play an important role during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Engineering the meniscus
Damage to the meniscus is common, but there remains an unmet need for improved restorative therapies that can overcome poor healing in the avascular regions.

Artificially engineering the intestine
Short bowel syndrome is a debilitating condition with few treatment options, and these treatments have limited efficacy.

Reverse engineering the fireworks of life
An interdisciplinary team of Princeton researchers has successfully reverse engineered the components and sequence of events that lead to microtubule branching.

New method for engineering metabolic pathways
Two approaches provide a faster way to create enzymes and analyze their reactions, leading to the design of more complex molecules.

Engineering for high-speed devices
A research team from the University of Delaware has developed cutting-edge technology for photonics devices that could enable faster communications between phones and computers.

Breakthrough in blood vessel engineering
Growing functional blood vessel networks is no easy task. Previously, other groups have made networks that span millimeters in size.

Next-gen batteries possible with new engineering approach
Dramatically longer-lasting, faster-charging and safer lithium metal batteries may be possible, according to Penn State research, recently published in Nature Energy.

Read More: Engineering News and Engineering Current Events
Brightsurf.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.