Iowa State University is now a newly awarded National Science Foundation Innovation-Corps site (NSF I-Corps), a distinction shared by more than 70 universities in the U.S. that contribute to the National Innovation Network.
The NSF I-Corp program funds the establishment of innovation sites to prepare scientists and engineers to extend their focus beyond the university laboratory and facilitate a transitioning of ideas from basic-research projects to impactful societal benefits. At ISU, we already have a rich history of entrepreneurial activity and have long embraced the spirit of innovative solutions to societal problems as evidenced by a number of enduring products that have permanently transformed the marketplace and revolutionized subsequent advances in other fields (e.g., first corn-hybrid, first electronic digital computer, lead free solder). This rich vein of entrepreneurship has been continually nurtured through various initiatives and centers across campus.
As one of the newest I-Corps in the country, our overarching goal is to help embed a stronger and more pervasive culture of entrepreneurship and innovation in our students, faculty, and research staff and train a new generation of entrepreneurial scientists fully equipped to cross the translational bridge from creative ideas to early stage technology and onward to full-fledged companies.
There will be two informational meetings on Monday, Sep. 11, 9:00-10:00 am in the Gallery, Memorial Union and again on Tuesday, Sep. 12, 9:00-10:00 am in the Pioneer Room. One may choose to attend either.