This Platform Technology Assessment Workshop is designed for innovators who have developed early-stage technologies that could be developed for multiple market applications, and who now need to determine a starting point to achieve their vision.

This program is designed for mixed teams composed of university researchers, technology commercialization officers and industry experts. As a group, you will:

  • Refine your understanding of the unique, differentiating capabilities of your technology
  • Identify real-world problems your technology has the potential to solve better than available alternatives
  • Assess and prioritize the feasibility of potential application opportunities based on level of uncertainty, risk, and market potential
  • Design an overall development roadmap including your initial “lilypad” application and risk-mitigation strategy

Upon completion of the workshop, you will have identified a logical starting point for your commercialization journey as well as a longer-term roadmap of innovation opportunities to guide your research and strengthen your case for commercialization funding.


The registration process begins with an application submission to the program of the individual’s choosing. In the days after applying, participants will be contacted by a member of the Great Lakes Regional I-Corps Hub team with additional details regarding next steps.