Taking initiative and starting something new is what entrepreneurs do best. In the University of South Carolina’s case, getting named the first Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Site in the state with a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) is just one way the university stays ahead in educating students. Not only does the university have the only...04 October, 2017
The NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) is a suite of activities and programs that aim to:
- Accelerate the transition ideas to the marketplace.
- Encourage collaboration between academia and industry.
- Train students to understand innovation and entrepreneurship.
I-Corps is a public-private partnership program that teaches grantees to identify valuable product opportunities that can emerge from academic research, and offers entrepreneurship training to student participants. There are 3 components of the I-Corps program that work together to grow and sustain the national innovation ecosystem.
I-Corps Nodes support regional needs for innovation education, infrastructure and research.
I-Corps Sites nurture and support teams in academic institutions to transition their technology concepts into the marketplace.
I-Corps Teams participate in the seven-week curriculum to learn what it takes to achieve commercial impact of their innovation.