Call for Apps: Next Energy ProgramBy Amanda Lewan on February 18th, 2016 /
Entrepreneurs and innovators in Detroit can the world of energy and transportation. Next Energy has a special call for online applications for their iCorps program. iCorps is a commercialization training program that equips researchers and entrepreneurs with tech to market skills to move their ideas out of the lab.
The program is in partnership with the University of Michigan Center for Entrepreneurship. Researchers and entrepreneurs focused in the areas of energy and transportation are invited to apply for the program. Applications will be accepted through April 3.
The 2016 I-Corps program will kick-off at NextEnergy May 18-20 and end late June. and is designed after the robust National Science Foundation’s I-Corps program that helps researchers and engineers with tech to market skills to move their ideas out of the lab and into the market.
“As an incubator, we work with remarkable research teams all over the country. Many of their innovations have stemmed from federal research funding programs and are often the best energy and transportation technologies our nation has to offer,” said Dan Radomski, I-Corps instructor and vice president of industry and venture development at NextEnergy. “The problem is very few reach commercialization milestones because they fail to find a customer. These are creative, intelligent, research teams, but they often lack a true understanding of the customer and what the customer values, versus what the technology provides.”
Since its inception, 33 teams have benefitted from the I-Corps program including 2015 alumnus University of Michigan College of Engineering’s Solid-State Batteries project, led by faculty researcher Jeff Sakamoto. Utilizing the skills learned in I-Corps, the project recently received a $3.5 million award from the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) and matching funds to further develop new lithium-ion battery electrodes and manufacturing processes for solid-state electrolyte/ceramics that will significantly improve energy storage.
I-Corps Energy & Transportation training program partners include: NextEnergy, University of Michigan College of Engineering Center for Entrepreneurship, National Science Foundation, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, US Department of Energy (DOE), Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), Clean Energy Trust, and Midwest Energy Technology Accelerator.
For more information about I-Corps Energy and Transportation and to apply online, visit www.nextenergy.org/icorps.