Demystifying I-Corps for Technology Transfer
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Sunday, February 18
7 a.m. – 5 p.m.  

To date, the I-Corps program has helped hundreds of university teams identify viable opportunities for commercialization. The outcomes attained from I-Corps are enabling stronger relationships with faculty and reducing the friction in getting technologies out the door. Some technology transfer offices have adopted new licensing models to accelerate the process. I-Corps methodologies in customer discovery and unearthing the technology's value proposition are also aiding in the intake and evaluation process. This course offers an overview of the I-Corps program, strategies for mapping I-Corps into the technology transfer office, and best practices for licensing and support for teams pre- and post- I-Corps.

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7 – 8 a.m.   Breakfast provided in Grand Sonoran A-D
8 – 8:30 a.m.   Welcome and Introduction
8:30 – 10 a.m.   I-Corps Overview: How It Works and Who Funds It
We will explain the I-Corps Program from Sites to Nodes to Nationals, teaching methodologies, and the National Innovation Network and how to access resources.  
Instructors: Heath Naquin, Venturewell
                      Eli Velasquez, Venturewell
10 – 10:30 a.m.    Networking Break

10:30 a.m. – Noon   Mapping I-Corps to Existing Technology Transfer Office Processes
Learn how technology transfer offices (TTO) can leverage I-Corps programming for daily operations. Connecting the concepts of customer discovery and product-market fit with the triage and evaluation of disclosures. Can early exposure to Lean Startup principles help TTOs be more successful AND create more successful I-Corps Teams for the NIN?
Instructor:  Piotr Kulczakowicz, University of Maryland
Noon – 1 p.m.   Lunch provided in Grand Sonoran A-D
1 – 2 p.m.   Intellectual Property Concerns for I-Corps Teams
Understanding how to have teams perform customer discovery without negatively affecting IP. When do you file for IP on an idea that's in I-Corps? Outlining the risks and rewards to university-owned IP in this process. Use of the "Mom Test" to help technology transfer offices ask relevant questions of faculty.
Instructor: Brett Cornwell, Texas A&M University System
2 – 3 p.m.   I-Corps Teams and Licensing Implications
When does licensing really need to occur? What kind of agreements should/should not be in place in preparation for a Team entering the program? How do the technology transfer office and the Team deal with the potential for the idea's value AND valuation change during customer discovery?
Instructor:  David Snow, Texas Tech University
                     Tommy Martindale, San Diego State University
3 – 3:30 p.m.   Networking Break
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.   Assessing Your Portfolio for I-Corps Teams
In this session we will perform one-on-one assessments with university ideas to discuss whether they would be suitable to participate in I-Corps.
Instructor: Eli Velasquez, Venturewell
4:30 – 5 p.m.   After I-Corps
We will explain the ideal outcomes for an I-Corps Team from the perspective of course instructors. Learn about the Go/ No-Go in I-Corps. If the idea and the Team are permanently "changed" from the experience but no startup occurs, where does that leave the technology transfer office? What are next steps post I-Corps for teams with the potential to create a startup?
Instructor: Heath Naquin, Venturewell
                    Eli Velasquez, Venturewell

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