NSF ICorps : NSF’s Accelerator Program

We all know what a great fundamental scientific research is funded by NSF but for NSF and all the other funding organizations it has been a real challenge to get the discoveries out of the labs as innovations with big social impact.

There were several programs & attempts to commercialize those discoveries and I-Corps is that attempt for the same. For I-Corps program, NSF has borrowed a page from the startup innovation ecosystem playbook (for the uninitiated, accelerators are cropping up by the dozens in the startup world) and has the two key ingredients, which will make the program successful.

And those are:

  • Entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and other players of innovation ecosystem can volunteer as mentors
  • Researchers and students will be trained in the entrepreneurial methods

Looking at the success of this model in industry we can say, these two new twists have the potential to accelerate the commercialization process, for the current research discoveries and also future ones.

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About Krishna Vuppala 54 Articles
I am passionate about technology & innovation with a mission to 'Accelerating Global Innovation'. I believe, that there exists an "innovation gap" and the current global innovation efforts to solve real meaningful challenges are moving at a slower pace! The reason, I believe, is lack of awareness of those challenges to the global talent! This blog is part of that journey to spread the word on the Problems (that are) Worth Solving! #ProWoSo

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