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TxSt I-Corps Site for Entrepreneurship Mini-Grant Application

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The Texas State I-Corps program is a National Science Foundation-funded entrepreneurial program for teams working on business concepts in the science, technology, mathematics, and engineering (STEM) fields.  Teams including faculty, students, staff, and alumni from Texas State University may apply for the program.  No previous business or entrepreneurship experience is required.

Each team can apply up to $3,000, to be spent on items that will assist the team to continue their customer discovery efforts.  Funding must be spent within one-year.  Prospective teams must include a preliminary budget that meets purchasing guidelines. Each team must have prior approval of expenses through Material Science, Engineering and Commercialization (MSEC) workflow. Please see the “MSEC Entrepreneur Purchasing Guidelines”. For information regarding Texas State information for Inventors, please see Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

Each team will contain at minimum an Entrepreneurial Lead (EL) (a postdoctoral scholar, graduate student, undergraduate or other student, staff member, researcher, or other personnel with relevant knowledge of the technology and a deep commitment to investigate the commercial landscape surrounding the innovation), an I-Corps Teams Mentor (IM) (an experienced or emerging entrepreneur with proximity to the institution and experience in transitioning technology out of labs), and a Technical Lead (TL) (a faculty member, senior research scientist or postdoctoral scholar with deep and direct technical expertise in the actual core technology about which the I-Corps team s exploring commercial potential).

Applicants must provide information about their project or technology, the backgrounds and abilities of their team, and the proposed use of funding.

Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee and qualified applicants may be invited to interview. 

If Mentor and/or Academic Lead has not been identified yet, please enter: TBA


Entrepreneur Lead (EL)

A postdoctoral scholar, graduate student, undergraduate student, or professional staff, with relevant knowledge of the technology.  The person with the great innovation idea!
 

How is the Entrepreneurial Lead associated with Texas State? *

I-Corps Teams Mentor (IM)

An experienced or emerging entrepreneur with proximity to the institution and experience in transitioning technology out of Academic labs.
 

Technical Lead (TL)

A faculty member, senior research scientist or postdoctoral scholar with deep and direct technical expertise in the actual core technology about which the I-Corps team is exploring commercial potential. Typically the TL will also service as the proposal Principal Investigator (PI). 
 

If a patent, who has ownership of the patent or potential patent?
Have you constructed a Business Model Canvas for this business idea? *
Are you planning to apply for a $3,000 mini-grant? *

Thank you for your submission.  We will be back with you within 5 working days.

Dr. Jennifer Irvin, PI, MSEC Program Director

Dr. Jana Minifie, Co-PI, Service-Learning Excellence Program Director