NSF Expands Program to Teach Researchers to Be Entrepreneurs

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Courtesy of Steve Blank

Participants in the program, a mix of faculty members and graduate students, attend sessions at Stanford U., where the curriculum grew out of a course taught by a Silicon Valley entrepreneur.

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Courtesy of Steve Blank

Participants in the program, a mix of faculty members and graduate students, attend sessions at Stanford U., where the curriculum grew out of a course taught by a Silicon Valley entrepreneur.

The National Science Foundation outlined plans on Wednesday to aggressively expand a program for teaching entrepreneurial skills to faculty members and graduate students, saying the initiative's first year has shown it to be a cost-effective pathway to commercializing discoveries.

The program, called I-Corps, involves teaching scientists the basic skills of marketing their inventions. While it's too early to reach definitive long-term conclusions about market-success rates, the first