Venture School: Faculty Innovators

The University of Iowa Faculty Innovator Program is a shortened 4-week version of Venture School designed to provide University faculty members with the opportunity to develop marketable ideas and accelerate the startup process. This program will give participants an introduction to the Lean Launchpad methodology and familiarize them with the Business Model Canvas. At the conclusion of the program, participants are encouraged to proceed with Venture School’s regular 6-week session or at the national level with the NSF I-Corps program.

Informational sessions will be held: Tuesday, August 18, 9:00 – 10:00  AM | BioVentures Center, 2500 Crosspark Rd, Coralville and Monday, August 31, 9:00 – 10:20 AM | Room 2189, Medical Education Research Facility (MERF), 375 Newton Rd, Iowa City.

Weekly meetings will be held 5:00 – 9:00 PM on September 15, September 22, October 6, and October 13 at State Hygienic Laboratory, 2490 Crosspark Rd, Coralville.

To apply please visit Application deadline is September 4, 2015.

About NSF I-Corps

NSF I-Corps is a public-private partnership program that teaches university entrepreneurs with a targeted Lean Launchpad curriculum to identify valuable product opportunities that can emerge from academic research, and offers entrepreneurship training to participants.

The first and most important goal of I-Corps Sites is to encourage technical entrepreneurship and teach faculty and students how to think about commercialization. Teams should have clearly defined goals and expectations for how the program can help develop and commercialize their idea.

The Site will provide infrastructure, advice, resources, networking opportunities, training, and modest funding (awards of $1,000 – $3,000 per team) to enable teams to transition their work into the marketplace or into becoming I-Corps Team applicants. With the support and mentorship of the Site, the teams will learn first-hand about entrepreneurship and explore the transition of their ideas, devices, processes or other intellectual activities into the marketplace.

Upon completion of the I-Corps Site program, participants are eligible to apply for the NSF I-Corps Team program (an intensive 6-week NSF training with the opportunity to be awarded a $50,000 grant) as well as many other funding opportunities.

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development provides resources and support to researchers and scholars at the University of Iowa and to businesses across Iowa with the goal of forging new frontiers of discovery and innovation and promoting a culture of creativity that benefits the campus, the state, and the world. More at, and on Twitter: @DaretoDiscover. 

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact [Jennifer Ott at] in advance of the event.