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RIG Accepting Applications for SLUStart Program

The Research Innovation Group (RIG) in the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) is accepting applications for SLUStart, a program modeled on the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) I-Corps program.

The NSF’s program is designed to prepare researchers to extend their focuses beyond academia and the university laboratory so that their research will have greater economic and societal benefits.

SLUStart is intended to serve as a stepping stone for SLU to become an NSF I-Corps site and to provide the University community with full access to the NSF I-Corps ecosystem.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

The objectives for the SLUStart program are:

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

The following groups are eligible to participate in SLUStart:

  • SLU faculty, staff, and undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing either their own concept for a new business venture; the commercialization of SLU intellectual property; or the advancement and maturation of a particular line of research.
  • University alumni and participants from the community not affiliated with SLU who are pursuing the commercialization of SLU intellectual property.

For more information, visit SLUStart. To sign up, complete the application.