The Bay Area’s major academic institutions are collaborating to educate the next generation of entrepreneur scientists.
According to the online publication OBR Review, University of California Berkeley, University of California San Francisco, and Stanford University have joined forces to form the Bay Area Regional I-Node Program, as part of the Innovation Corps (I-Corps) national commercialization network funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
“The network will encourage students and faculty to generate innovative research that has commercial impact,” OBR Review reported. The Bay Area I-Corp Node serves as a regional hub to further specific commercialization projects and is built on industry mentors, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
The Bay Area node was restructured in the latest round of grant awards to include UCSF and UC Berkeley in addition to Stanford University, and will be led by Richard Lyons, Dean of the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, and Steve Blank, Silicon valley entrepreneur and lecturer who was associated with the program since its inception.
The I-Corp Node administers curriculum of online classes and workshops to selected teams in the I-Corp program. Each site will provide academic support to their own Teams, and facilitate technology transition from academia to industry.
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