The National Science Foundation has announced the creation of five I-Corps Hubs across the country that will focus on the real entrepreneurial training of university researchers in all fields of science and engineering, resulting in economic development and the creation of ‘jobs.
The University of New Mexico is part of the Western Region I-Corps cluster, led by the University of Southern California, which will help advance new technologies and incubate emerging companies capable of transferring the lab’s findings. at the market.
Each I-Corps Hub is funded to the tune of $ 3 million per year for five years and is made up of a regional alliance of at least eight universities. In addition to UNM and USC, the Western Region partners are the California Institute of Technology; Colorado School of Mines; University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, Riverside; University of Colorado Boulder; and the University of Utah. Over the past six years, these universities have trained over 925 entrepreneurial teams through their participation in the NSF I-Corps program.
The UNM team is led by Christos Christodoulou, Jim and Ellen King Dean of Engineering and Computer Science, and Robert DelCampo, Executive Director of the UNM Academy of Innovation.
The Western Region will collaborate to launch and support startups through training, mentoring and programming across the West, bringing campus resources, talent and global networks, including relationships with accelerators and national laboratories, to support lean startups in their development.
The I-Corps Hubs will meet national needs through five areas of responsibility:
- Create and implement tools, resources and training activities that improve the innovation capacity of the country.
- Identify, develop and support promising research that can generate economic value.
- Gather, analyze, evaluate and use data and insights resulting from the experiences of those participating in local, regional and national I-Corps programs.
- Provide opportunities for diverse communities of innovators.
- Share and leverage effective innovation practices nationwide to improve quality of life across the country.
I-Corps Hubs form the new operational backbone of the National Innovation Network, a network of universities, NSF-funded researchers, established entrepreneurs, local and regional entrepreneurial communities, and other federal agencies that support researchers to learn how to translate the results of basic research into the market place. The hubs will work collaboratively to create and maintain a diverse and inclusive innovation ecosystem across the United States
Other institutions leading the I-Corps Hubs are the University of Michigan; University of Maryland, College Park; the University of the City of New York; and Princeton University.
The I-Corps program, established in 2011, is designed to support the commercialization of in-depth technologies, derived from discoveries in basic science and engineering.