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SLUStart

SLUStart is a program managed by the Research Innovation Group at Saint Louis University. It is designed to help researchers and innovators extend their focus beyond academia and the laboratory.

This program helps participants ensure that their research and innovations will have greater economic and societal benefit. SLUStart is similar to the NSF-I Corps program and serves as a stepping stone for SLU to become an official NSF I-Corps Site, thus providing the SLU community full access to the NSF I-Corps ecosystem. 

The SLUStart program aims to:

  • Train participants, particularly SLU faculty and students, in the lean startup methodology (i.e., customer development process) popularized by Steve Blank.
  • Advance the commercialization of SLU intellectual properties.
  • Increase the participation of underrepresented groups, such as women and African-Americans, in entrepreneurship and the technology industry.

If you have questions about SLUStart, contact Malcolm Townes in the Research Innovation Group at malcolm.townes@slu.edu. To participate in SLUStart, submit your application.

Eligibility 

The following groups are eligible to participate in SLUStart:

  1. Anyone who is pursuing:
    • the commercialization of SLU intellectual property or
    • the advancement and maturation of a particular line of SLU research.
  2. Individuals pursuing their own concepts for new ventures who are:
    • members of the SLU community (i.e., faculty, staff, post-docs, graduate students, undergraduate students or alumni)
    • partnering with a SLU school, academic unit, center of excellence or other division to pursue the venture, or
    • appropriately affiliated with a SLUStart partner organization.

Submit your SLUStart application

FAQs

What are the benefits of participating in SLUStart?

There are several benefits to participating in SLUStart.

  • Increase your ability to identify promising lines of research that will fair more competitively with potential funding agencies (for SLU researchers).
  • Increase your ability to pursue funding grants of up to $50,000 from the NSF I-Corps Node program to further the development of your concept (once SLUStart is designated an NSF I-Corps Site).
  • Minimize the probability of failure when commercializing research and launching a new business venture by learning the methodology that most successful entrepreneurs use to start their businesses.
  • Increase your ability to attract funding and outside investors for your research and new business ventures.
  • Increase your ability to successfully compete for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) grants.
  • Increase your ability to differentiate yourself with potential employers during your job search (for SLU graduate and undergraduate students).
How is the program structured?
The program is currently structured as five working sessions with one to three weeks in between each session, depending on the needs and availability of cohort participants. During the time between the cohort sessions, the instructors/mentors are available to provide one-on-one assistance to you on an as needed basis as your schedule allows. The the first and last sessions are about three hours each. The remaining sessions are about two hours each. The meeting days and times for the working sessions are scheduled according the availability of the cohort participants.
What kind of time commitment is required to participate in SLUStart?

The program is currently structured as five working sessions with one to three weeks in between each session, depending on the needs and availability of cohort participants. The the first and last sessions are about three hours each. The remaining sessions are about two hours each.  Participants are expected to spend time outside of the working sessions applying what they've learned to their ideas.  However, how much time you spend outside of the working sessions is at your discretion.

Are there any costs associated with participating in SLUStart?
There is no cost to participate in SLUStart.