NSF Names WVU Partner Institution for New I-Corps Hub | Electronic News


WVU has been selected as a partner institution for the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps Hub: Interior Northeast Region, an entrepreneurship training program for STEM scholars who have developed deep technological innovations.

This week, the NSF announced the addition of five new I-Corps hubs that will evolve the National Innovation Network, accelerating the translation of discoveries into solutions that benefit society. Each I-Corps Hub is funded at $3 million per year for five years and includes a regional alliance of at least eight universities. WVU will receive nearly $1 million.

WVU will be part of the IN I-Corps Hub, along with Cornell University (the lead), Dartmouth College, Rochester Institute of Technology, Binghamton University, University at Buffalo, Syracuse University, the University of Rochester, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Vermont. .

The Northeastern Interior region stretching from New Hampshire to West Virginia is representative of large parts of the United States that are largely rural, economically underserved, and struggling to restore economic vitality. IN I-Corps aims to expand the country’s innovation geography by creating a cohesive innovation ecosystem that offers inclusive education and workforce training models designed for and by innovators in the regions rural and small towns.

“The NSF I-Corps program has been an incredible opportunity and support system for our entrepreneurship network at West Virginia University and across the state,” said Erienne Olesh, Executive Director of Innovation. students and faculty at WVU’s research office. “We are excited to be able to continue and grow this resource and serve all of the innovators and entrepreneurs in our region. West Virginia’s entrepreneurship ecosystem is growing exponentially thanks to the many resource providers and programs like I-Corps. »

Created in 2011, the I-Corps program is designed to support the commercialization of deep technologies, which develop from discoveries in basic science and engineering.

I-Corps Hubs form the operational backbone of the National Innovation Network — a network of universities, NSF-funded researchers, local and regional entrepreneurial communities, and other federal agencies — that help researchers translate findings basic market research. I-Corps Hubs work collaboratively to build and sustain a diverse and inclusive innovation ecosystem across the United States

The Northeast Inner Hub will officially launch on January 1, 2023. Details are forthcoming for STEM scholars interested in learning more about opportunities to participate in regional I-Corps courses at a Hub institution. For more information, visit in-icorps.org.

About I-Corps™: In 2011, the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) program was launched to support the NSF mission through experiential learning using the process of customer discovery, allowing teams to quickly assess the commercial potential of their inventions. I-Corps prepares scientists and engineers to extend their reach beyond the laboratory to increase the economic and societal impact of fundamental research projects funded by NSF and others.


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