The Texas A&M New Ventures Competition (TNVC) is hosted by the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station and other entities within The Texas A&M University System. With the goal of promoting the commercialization of emerging technology, TNVC is helping today’s innovative ideas become a reality. The competition recognizes Texas-based companies with high-growth potential and provides seed funding to help them effectively execute their ideas and advance product development. To learn more about TNVC, apply or get involved in the competition, please visit our website at https://texasnvc.org/.
The Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station’s Office of Commercialization and Entrepreneurship works closely with inventors to identify and monetize the ideas arising from the laboratory. While the process is relatively straightforward, it is important that inventors understand how their intellectual property (IP) can translate into licenses, option agreements and sponsored research opportunities. Workshops review the key aspects of the TEES intellectual property process ranging from disclosure to final value capture.
The Office of Commercialization and Entrepreneurship regularly hosts Lunch and Learn opportunities to connect researchers and our team, usually held on Wednesdays from noon-1 p.m. These are attended by the majority of our team and start with a brief presentation by faculty on a single technology that they believe has commercial potential. This is followed by an informal discussion of market opportunities and next steps in the commercialization process, including participation in I-Corps or other grant opportunities. This opportunity is an ideal “first step” in exploring whether your technology has commercial potential and getting familiar with the resources our office can provide. Please send a disclosure or brief overview of your technology to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in scheduling a Lunch and Learn.
The Office of Commercialization and Entrepreneurship strongly encourages Texas A&M faculty, researchers and graduate students to participate in programs that provide an independent validation of the value proposition and commercial potential of their invention. The experience gained through this program is very valuable in also determining whether entrepreneurship and startup is something of interest to you as a career option. Two of the most nationally adopted programs for customer discovery are NSF I-Corps and NSF I-Site. Our office works closely with graduate students and researchers to provide all the assistance in understanding the demands of the program, pre- and post-guidance after completion of the program and also assisting with mentoring.
NSF I-Site at Texas A&M Engineering is a shorter program that follows the same Lean Launchpad curriculum of NSF I-Corps and allows teams that do not have prior NSF funding to participate in future NSF I-Corps cohort. The teams with prior NSF funding (within last five years) can directly participate in the NSF I-Corps program. There are three cohorts of NSF I-Site in fall, spring and summer. NSF I-Corps has rolling admittance, so when a team is eligible either through past NSF funding criteria or completion of a I-Site program, they can apply.
Texas A&M Engineering has one of the highest number of teams nationally since 2012 who have participated in the national cohort of NSF I-Corp program. Please get in touch directly with Dr. Saurabh Biswas if you would like to discuss your eligibility, understand the program demands or any related questions.
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