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Fall 2022 University of Minnesota: Value Proposition Design Workshop

October 14 @ 11:00 am - November 11 @ 1:00 pm CDT


Course Description

You’ve identified a specific innovation that you think you may want to commercialize. Now what?

This program applies the Lean Startup approach and Customer Discovery methods to specific innovations. External industry executives, as well as experts from the Office for Technology Commercialization, the UMN Libraries, and the Carlson School of Management will be available to help. You’ll learn and apply the Lean LaunchPad customer development concepts promulgated by the NSF I-Corps program. Successful completion of this program by academic teams or ventures with university-licensed technologies can lead to qualification for recommendation to the National I-Corps Teams program, which includes a $30-50,000 grant.

A compressed version of the regional Jumpstart I-Corps course. For academics exploring the commercial potential of specific innovations emerging from their research. Lunch is provided to in-person attendees.

Course Benefits

  • Become eligible for the NSF I-Corps National Teams program and $50,000 grant for qualifying technologies and teams (only deep-tech, university-based teams who complete at least 20-30 customer discovery interviews)
  • Learn, practice, and hone your innovation skills.
  • Improve the odds for commercial success.
  • Expand your network of like-minded peers, instructors, investors, customers, and mentors.
  • Prepare for applying to the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer programs.

Course Schedule

Friday, October 14 | 11:00-1:00 pm CT

Friday, October 28 | 11:00-1:00 pm CT

Friday, November 4 | 11:00-1:00 pm CT

Friday, November 11 | 11:00-1:00 pm CT


Please fill out the following application. Questions can be directed to amahoney@umn.edu



October 14 @ 11:00 am CDT
November 11 @ 1:00 pm CDT
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