On Oct. 17, course instructors, advisors, business mentors and members of the nine participating teams gathered at the Cocoa Beanery to celebrate the successful completion of the 2017 Penn State Innovations Training Program, a course offered annually at only nine institutions nationwide, presented by Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute and Center for Medical Innovation.
The six-week program is a National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) I-Corps curriculum that offers a methodology to help teams of participating researchers discover the commercial potential of their technology.
During the course, participants get out of the lab and learn how to explore product-market fit, talk to customers, and gain insight from experienced leaders.
Program participants are listed here.
Innovation Café serves as an open platform for engaging local industry professionals, start-ups, investors, faculty, staff, and talented students who are committed to expanding the entrepreneurial ecosystem in central Pennsylvania. In addition to the celebration, the evening provided the opportunity for the participants to pitch their technology to potential investors.
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