The Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Program fosters entrepreneurship and stimulates lab-based research into the business market.

The University of Louisville Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Site Program fosters entrepreneurship and stimulates lab-based research into the business market.

The program partners innovative University of Louisville (UofL) faculty, staff and students (undergraduate and graduate) with entrepreneurial mentors to identify market opportunities for new technologies that benefit society and the economy.

Support includes:

  • Advice and mentorship;
  • Networking opportunities;
  • Training in startup principles;
  • And funding.

The goal of the program, through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps, is to integrate and leverage existing commercialization infrastructure and capabilities to establish a sustainable program for the discovery and commercialization of STEM innovations and stimulate regional economic development.

This UofL I-Corps Site program assists scientists and engineers in extending their focus beyond the laboratory to increase the economic impact of selected NSF-funded research projects. Since its inception in 2011, the national I-Corps has trained hundreds of teams, who have created hundreds of new companies.

In 2013, NSF established the National Innovation Network™ (NIN), extending the reach of I-Corps into the developing community of grantees and increase the impact of the program. NIN connects I-Corps grantees to a national pipeline of mentors and collaborators that helps to provide state-of-the-art tools and resources needed for start-up success and commercialization.  Successful participation in the UofL I-Corps site program allows you to apply for the National program for access to these mentors and additional funding! 


"To see their (researchers') passion grow for their work because they're able to see it translate to the marketplace is very exciting...and see the pride that they have in seeing their ideas go to market."
— Dr. Rob Keynton, principal investigator


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