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Texas State I-CorpsTM Site for Entrepreneurship just completed its second cohort.  A total of 13 teams have gone through the program.  The participants represented Mass Communications, McCoy College of Business, Ingram School of Engineering, and Materials Science, Engineering & Commercialization (MSEC). Participating teams all had at least one Texas State team member along with team members from industry as well as other universities. 

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NSF just announced that Andrea P. Belz of the University of Southern California (USC) as the new Division Director of the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP), effective May 13, 2019. Read more about her appointment on the NSF website.

NSF is actively searching for up to two I-CorpsTM Program Directors. Please share the vacancy announcement with any interested candidates. 

NSF is not currently accepting proposals for new I-CorpsTM Sites or I-CorpsTM Nodes. NSF is expecting to post a new funding opportunity in summer 2019. Stay tuned!

Also, IIP is piloting changes to the Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) proposal submission process.  Startups or entrepreneurs who submit a three-page Project Pitch will know within three weeks if they are a good fit for the SBIR/STTR program’s objectives of supporting innovative technologies that show promise of commercial and/or societal impact and involve a level of technical risk. Learn more at

SAN MARCOS – Texas State University has received an Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Site Award from the National Science Foundation.

The three-year, $250,000 grant will be overseen by Jennifer Irvin, director of the Materials Science, Engineering and Commercialization (MSEC) program and an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, along with Jana Minifie, director of the Service Learning Excellence program and a professor in the Department of Management. Texas State I-Corps Site activities will kick off with a series of innovation workshops held October 13-20 in conjunction with Women’s Entrepreneurship Week.

The I-Corps Site will award seed funding ranging from $1,000-$3,000 to at least 20-25 qualified Texas State teams per year.