In January 2016, the National Science Foundation announced that Louisiana State University (LSU) would be one of the newest I-Corps Sites designated to educate faculty, students and the community on entrepreneurial principles. Our goal is to help faculty and students answer important commercialization questions directly applicable to state and federal grant programs, as well as to support in identifying industry partners and potential licensees.
The LSU I-Corps Sites program will support teams through critical market and commercialization evaluations associated with a specific LSU developed idea or technology. These teams will be comprised of an Academic Lead (typically the faculty member), an Entrepreneurial Lead (often times a student), and a Business Mentor. Faculty from all colleges and department are encouraged to apply. Students may also apply independently to join teams.
Each team will be required to submit a short application that will be evaluated on the following criteria:
Applications will be accepted any time, and will be evaluated two times each year.
As part of the program, each team will be required to attend training and meet with a Business Mentor. The goal of the program is to help commercialize LSU technologies and ideas with the specific outcome of the LSU I-Corps Sites program being a team decisions on whether to pursue commercialization through one of the following:
Program participants are eligible for up to $3,000 in NSF funding, which can be used for: