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Resources for technology commercialization and lab-to-market entrepreneurship

CCI SWVA encourages researchers to consider how their discoveries can have life beyond the lab, including:

  • Exploration of potential corporate partner licensing interest in any protected technology captured in the technology transfer process by working with the applicable organization at your institution
  • Engagement with technology commercialization or lab-to-market entrepreneurship resources at your institution (startup training, workshops, programming, pitch competitions, etc.) (example is Virginia Tech’s LAUNCH Center for New Ventures)
  • Participation in any of the broad innovation programming and commercialization funding programs available through the Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation (VIPC)
  • Participation in the NSF I-Corps Mid-Atlantic Hub regional course program (secures eligibility for NSF I-Corps National Cohort funding)
  • Submitting a proposal for early-stage commercialization gap funding (such as proof-of-concept funding) at you institution if available, or the VIPC commercialization fund.
  • Engaging with the mentoring resources offered by the Virginia Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP)
  • Pursuing federal commercialization funding through a specific federal agency SBIR or STTR programs
  • Leveraging other innovation resources that increase the potential of moving your project technology from the lab to realized economic impact