March 2012

Open 2012 Conference Papers

Thursday March 22 – Morning
Technology Innovations for Persons with Disabilities (TIPeD): A Program to Develop Impactful Technologies and Teach Students the Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship
10:30 am – Mason II
Mary Goldberg, MEd and Jonathan Pearlman, PhD
Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, University of Pittsburgh
Teaching Innovation Using Multidisciplinary Collaboration
10:30 am – Mason II
Molly L McClelland & Darrell Kleinke
University of Detroit Mercy
Progress on Making Health Care More Accessible To Rural Communities In Waslala, Nicaragua Using Low-Cost Telecommunications
10:30 am – Montgomery
Pritpal Singh, Sarvesh Kulkarni, Elizabeth Keech, Ruth McDermott-Levy, and James Klingler
Villanova University
Thursday March 22 – Afternoon
The Global Jugaad Commons: Cross Pollinating Concepts across Cultures
2:00 pm – Montgomery
Gunjan Malekar, Khanjan Mehta, Shruthi Baskaran
Pennsylvania State University
Panel: Nifty Assignments in Entrepreneurship Education II
2:00 pm – Sansome
Clifton Kussmaul and Trish Boyle
Muhlenberg College
A New Graduate Course in Sustainable Technology Entrepreneurship for Scientists and Engineers
2:00 pm – Montgomery
Anthony J. Marchese, Gregory D. Graff, Paul Hudnut, and Rick Turley
Colorado State University
Developing an Effective Entrepreneurship Program Assessment: Adapting a Model from the Creative Disciplines
3:45 pm – Mason I
Kenneth R. Phillips and Dr. Mick Jackowski
Metropolitan State College of Denver
Friday March 23 – Morning
Design by Example: A Web-based Tool for Context-Driven Biomedical Device Design
9:00 am – Mason II
Rachel Dzombak, Khanjan Mehta, Peter Butler
Pennsylvania State University
First-Year Review of a New Living-Learning Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program for Honors College Freshmen and Sophomores at the University of Maryland
9:00 am – Mason I
Dr. James V. Green, Mr. Jay A. Smith, Ms. Jaclin R. Warner
University of Maryland
University-Based Business Plan Competitions: Does Institutional Environment Affect Participation and Outcomes?
9:00 am – Montgomery
Linda W. Ross and Kimble A. Byrd
Rowan University
If You Build It: A Writing Intensive Cornerstone Course for STEM Students
11:00 am – Mason I
Clifton Kussmaul
Muhlenberg College
Battling 'Senior-itis': Challenging Students with Ideation through Implementation
11:00 am – Mason I
Charles M. Wood
University of Tulsa
Friday March 23 – Afternoon
When Participatory Research and Business Strategy Collide: Lessons from Base-of-Pyramid Ventures
2:30 pm – Montgomery
Andrea Grzybowski, Blair Mathias, Khanjan Mehta
Pennsylvania State University
A Function Based Taxonomy to Connect Engineering Design to Biological Solutions
2:30 pm – Mason II
Darrell Kleinke, University of Detroit Mercy
Jonathan Weaver, University of Detroit Mercy
Terri Lynch-Caris, Kettering University
Biomimicry Cards Demonstrate How to Connect Engineering Problems to Biological Solutions
2:30 pm – Mason II
Terri Lynch-Caris, Kettering University
Jonathan Weaver and Darrell Kleinke, University of Detroit Mercy
Developing Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Rural Southeastern North Carolina
2:30 pm – Mason I
Dr. Michael L. Menefee and Dr. Leonard Holmes
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Extending the TRIZ methodology to Connect Engineering Design Problems to Biological Solutions
2:30 pm – Mason II
Jonathan Weaver and Darrell Kleinke, University of Detroit Mercy Mechanical Engineering Department
Terri Lynch-Caris, Kettering University Industrial Engineering Department
Saturday March 24 – Morning
Growing Entrepreneurship in Penn State's Ag Space
9:00 am – Mason I
Mark A. Gagnon and Judd H. Michael
Pennsylvania State University
Open Solar Photovoltaic Systems Optimization
9:00 am – Montgomery
Joshua M. Pearce, Michigan Technological University and Queen's University
Adegboyega Babasola, St. Lawrence College
Rob Andrews, Queen's University
Social Entrepreneurship Education for Engineers
9:00 am – Montgomery
Catalina Ramirez, Tiberio Hernandez, Andrea Cardenas, Luis Camilo Caicedo, and Miguel Angel Gonzalez
Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
From Students to Social Entrepreneurs in Ifugao, Philippines
9:00 am – Montgomery
Diane Tamir, Mahmoud Kabalan, Jordan Ermilio, Pritpal Singh, and James Klingler
Villanova University
Sustainability Frameworks as a Tool for Innovation: Thinking Beyond Consumer-Centered Design in New Product Development
11:00 am – Jackson
Xanthe Matychak, Rochester Institute of Technology
Cory Brown, Ithaca College
Creating and Assessing a New Class of Entrepreneurially-Minded Engineers
11:00 am – Mason I
David Pistrui, PhD, Acumen Dynamics, LLC and Kern Family Foundation
Ron Bonnstetter, PhD, Target Training International, Ltd.
Bill J. Bonnstetter, MA, Target Training International, Ltd.
Cynthia C. Fry, Baylor University
Linking Entrepreneurial Education Practices, Learning Satisfaction, and Learning Effectiveness
11:00 am – Mason I
Chien-Chi Tseng and Jamie Kraft
University of Florida

Open Minds 2012 Video Competition Judges

The Open Minds video Competition

Congratulations to our video competition winners! Earth2Block's video was recognized for Greatest Social Impact Innovation AND Strong Arm Ergonomic Lifting Safety System's video was recognized for Best Pitch Delivery. Both teams won $1,000 each to help further their ventures.


The Judges

Thank you to our distinguished panel of judges for for the 2012 video competition:

Dr. Robert Lemelson, The Lemelson Foundation
Robert Lemelson, Ph.D., is co-Vice President and Secretary of The Lemelson Foundation. Rob is an anthropologist who received his M.A. from the University of Chicago, and Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology, UCLA. He was a Fulbright scholar in Indonesia in 1996-1997, has conducted research for the World Health Organization, and is additionally trained as a clinical psychologist. His area of specialty is Southeast-Asian Studies, psychological anthropology and transcultural psychiatry. He is currently a research anthropologist at the Semel Institute of Neuroscience at UCLA He is also the president and founder of The Foundation for Psychocultural Research, a non-profit research foundation supporting research and training in the neurosciences and social sciences. In addition, Dr. Lemelson is the director of Elemental Productions, a documentary film production company.

 

Karen Clune, USAID, Global Health Fellows Program II
Karen Clune is the Innovation Advisor in the Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact in the Bureau for Global Health at USAID. In that role, Karen provides technical assistance to support partnerships and innovation-related initiatives. Karen assists in identifying and developing initiatives, partnerships, and/or activities that support innovations in global health, including those with a maternal and child health focus. In addition, she provides technical assistance to the Saving Lives at Birth Grand Challenge by helping to plan subsequent global challenges in coordination with the partners and Savings Lives at Birth team members.

Prior to her fellowship, she was at USAID with IT Shows, Inc. and a Sexual and Reproductive Health Advisor with the Peace Corps in Jamaica. Karen holds a MPH degree in Global Health from George Washington University.

 

Calgary Brown, The Hub, Bay Area
Calgary Brown is the Event Director of Hub Bay Area, a place for purpose-driven people to connect and build solutions for a better world. So far, she has worked with over 100 local, national and global organizations and businesses that have convened and showcased their impact to audiences at the Hub.  Prior to her work with the Hub, she served as President of the NYC Professional Chapter of Net Impact; an international non-profit organization that mobilizes individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world. Active with the chapter for over three years, she produced high impact events and programs, working with many of New York's thought leaders and social change organizations. While involved with Net Impact, Calgary worked in the financial services industry at Moody's focusing on marketing, product strategy, and strategic communications for the company's research and financial data products.  Prior to that, she worked overseas in higher education in Dublin, Ireland and at an Internet start up company in Leipzig, Germany. Calgary is a Starting Bloc Fellow, and earned her bachelor's degree from the University of San Francisco in Business Administration majoring in International Business.

 

John Calvert, United States Patent and Trademark Office
John Calvert is Administrator of the Inventor Assistance Program, which includes inventor outreach and university outreach initiatives. He has expanded the Inventor Assistance Program to include educational initiatives for students, inventors and small businesses and has created inventor assistance through pro bono and pro se initiatives both inside the USPTO and through working with universities and Bar organizations.

Prior to being named Administrator, John was responsible for supervising as many as 25 examiners in the areas of textile technology and absorbent products. He also served as Acting Director for the Office of Independent Inventor Programs.

Mr. Calvert has received numerous achievement awards, including the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal for superior Federal service and the United States Patent and Trademark Office Exceptional Career Award.

 

Ben Schrag, National Science Foundation
Ben Schrag joined the National Science Foundation in 2009 as a Program Director in the small business programs, with responsibility in the areas of advanced materials and nanotechnology. Prior to this, he served for four years as Director of Research and Development at Micro Magnetics, where he led a development effort to commercialize a new family of high-performance magnetic microsensor products for demanding consumer and military applications. Before this, he served as manager of the metrology group at Micro Magnetics, directing an engineering team developing a new magnetic diagnostic system for failure analysis and fault isolation in semiconductor devices. During this time, Ben also served as a visiting scientist at Brown University and as the PI on a number of federal awards, including NSF Phase I and Phase II Small Business Innovation Research projects and an Advanced Technology Program award from NIST. He received his PhD in Physics from Brown University, with a specialization in materials.

 

Breanna DiGiammarino, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
At the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, Breanna applies an impact-lens across the portfolio to the work of finding, selecting and supporting Draper Richards Kaplan entrepreneurs.  She also spearheads the systems infrastructure development for the Foundation as it enters a new phase of growth.

  She previously served as an Associate Consultant at The Bridgespan Group, the leading strategy consulting firm in the nonprofit sector, where she worked with many large scale nonprofit clients, including advising The Gates Foundation on their investment strategy to improve education outcomes in the U.S. and the Cristo Rey Network of schools on how to align their nationwide network with a focus on long-term student outcomes. She trained with Bain and Company, and received her Master of Public Administration in nonprofit management from the NYU Wagner School of Public Service and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Government from the University of Virginia.


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Open Minds 2012 Video Competition Judges

The Open Minds video Competition

Student teams participating in Open Minds 2012 have created short videos that tell the story of their innovations. Public votes determined the top six videos and the winning team will now be decided by a panel of video competition judges. Judges will consider video creativity and the presentation/delivery of each team's pitch to make their final decisions. The winning video will be announced on Thursday, March 22 during the Open Minds public exhibition at Hub San Francisco.

The Judges

NCIIA has recruited a distinguished panel of judges for this year's video competition:

Dr. Robert Lemelson, The Lemelson Foundation

Dr. Robert Lemelson serves as a director of The Lemelson Foundation, a family foundation whose mission is to promote innovation and invention in American society and the developing world. He is currently a research anthropologist in Center for Culture and Health, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the Semel Institute of Neurosciences at UCLA, and an adjunct  professor in the Department of Anthropology. His areas of specialty are Southeast-Asian studies, psychological anthropology, and transcultural psychiatry.

As a documentary filmmaker and psychological anthropologist, Dr. Lemelson's work focuses on personal experience, culture, and mental illness in Indonesia and the United States. He has been conducting anthropological research in Indonesia since 1993. Dr. Lemelson has completed his most recent film entitled 40 Years of Silence: an Indonesian Tragedy, a feature length documentary about the traumatic long-term effects of Indonesia's 1965 mass killings on four families. He also directed and produced the Afflictions: Culture and Mental Illness in Indonesia series, a Limited Series Award Nominee for the 2010 IDA Documentary Awards. Read more about Dr. Lemelson

 

Karen Clune, USAID, Global Health Fellows Program II

Karen Clune is the Innovation Advisor in the Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact in the Bureau for Global Health at USAID. In that role, Karen provides technical assistance to support partnerships and innovation-related initiatives. Karen assists in identifying and developing initiatives, partnerships, and/or activities that support innovations in global health, including those with a maternal and child health focus. In addition, she provides technical assistance to the Saving Lives at Birth Grand Challenge by helping to plan subsequent global challenges in coordination with the partners and Savings Lives at Birth team members.

Prior to her fellowship, she was at USAID with IT Shows, Inc. and a Sexual and Reproductive Health Advisor with the Peace Corps in Jamaica. Karen holds a MPH degree in Global Health from George Washington University. Read more about Ms. Clune
 

 

Calgary Brown, The Hub, Bay Area

Prior to joining The Hub Bay Area as Event Director, Calgary Brown was living in the Big Apple where she recently served as President of the NYC Professional Chapter of Net Impact; an international non-profit organization that mobilizes individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world. Calgary was active with the chapter for over 3 years, producing high impact events and programs, working with many of New York's leading social innovators and organizations.  As a result of her leadership, she was recognized as a 2009 Net Impact Distinguished Member and also selected as a 2010 StartingBloc Fellow.  While involved with Net Impact, Calgary worked in the financial services industry at Moody's focusing on marketing, product strategy, and strategic communications for the company's research and financial data products.  Prior to that, she worked overseas in higher education in Dublin, Ireland and at an Internet start up company in Leipzig, Germany.   Calgary earned her bachelor's degree from the University of San Francisco in Business Administration. Read more about Ms. Brown

 

John Calvert, United States Patent and Trademark Office

Mr. John Calvert is Administrator of the Inventor Assistance Program, which includes inventor outreach and university outreach initiatives. He has expanded the Inventor Assistance Program to include educational initiatives for students, inventors and small businesses and has created inventor assistance through pro bono and pro se initiatives both inside the USPTO and through working with universities and Bar organizations.

Prior to being named Administrator, John was responsible for supervising as many as 25 examiners in the areas of textile technology and absorbent products. He also served as Acting Director for the Office of Independent Inventor Programs.

Mr. Calvert has received numerous achievement awards, including the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal for superior Federal service and the United States Patent and Trademark Office Exceptional Career Award.  Read more about Mr. Calvert

 

Ben Schrag, National Science Foundation

NEED BIO. Read more about Mr. Quinn

 

Breanna DiGiammarino, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

At the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, Breanna applies an impact-lens across the portfolio to the work of finding, selecting and supporting Draper Richards Kaplan entrepreneurs.  She also spearheads the systems infrastructure development for the Foundation as it enters a new phase of growth.   She previously served as an Associate Consultant at The Bridgespan Group, the leading strategy consulting firm in the nonprofit sector, where she worked with many large scale nonprofit clients, including advising The Gates Foundation on their investment strategy to improve education outcomes in the U.S. and the Cristo Rey Network of schools on how to align their nationwide network with a focus on long-term student outcomes. 

She trained with Bain and Company, and received her Master of Public Administration in nonprofit management from the NYU Wagner School of Public Service and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Government from the University of Virginia. Read more about Ms. DiGiammarino

 

I-Corps Faculty Toolkit

I-Corps
 

Resources


I-Corps Nodes Presentation by Don Millard at I-Corps 5


Syllabus Template and Real Time Feedback Tools

Use this template to tailor the syllabus to your teaching team, dates, and location. Download

These feedback tools provide I-Corps teams with both faculty and peer review. Download the Excel version of each tool and upload them to Google Documents to share in real time with the I-Corps teams members taking your class, co-instructors, and teaching assistants. Instructions for each tool are included on the first sheet of each excel workbook.

  • Key Learnings: Teaching team comments during presentations Download
  • Instructor Grading Tool Download

Class Lectures

Steve Blank’s class lecture PowerPoints are available here. Click the links below to download:

  • Lecture 0: Introduction to the Class Download
  • Lecture 1: Business Models and Customer Development Download
  • Lecture 2: Value Proposition Download
  • Lecture 3: Customers/Users/Payers Download
  • Lecture 4: Distribution Channels Download
  • Lecture 5: Customer Relationships Download
  • Lecture 6: Revenue Streams Download
  • Lecture 7: Partners Download
  • Lecture 8: Resources Download
  • Workshop: Mentor Tutorial Download

Business Canvas Development Tools

I-Corps teams are asked to come to the I-Corps course having already completed a business canvas. The business canvas model and a video introducing the model are available here. The video features Alexander Osterwalder, co-author of Business Model Generation, who created it.

Download the business canvas model PowerPoint.

View the video below – or click the 'YouTube' button to view full-size.


Textbooks and Supplemental Readings

There are two texts for the I-Corps course: The Startup Owners Manual and Business Model Generation.

There are a number of readings in addition to the two course textbooks, including articles by Steve Blank, Giff Constable and Marc Pincus that are available online.


Master Schedules, Administrative Tools and Additional Resources

View these excellent sources of entrepreneurship videos, materials and ideas for teaching.


I-Corps Faculty Development Program Workbook, Node Handbook and Teaching Handbook

This workbook is for new faculty in the I-Corps Faculty Development Program. It will orient you to the pedagogical process and your role within that process, while at the same time providing you with tools to capture the I-Corps course process. The goal of this workbook is to prepare you to teach the I-Corps course, building on what you learn and experience in the I-Corps Faculty Development Program.

Download the Faculty Development Program Workbook.

Download the I-Corps Course Administration Handbook.

Download the I-Corps Teaching Handbook.

Welcome to the I-Corps curriculum toolkit for I-Corps Faculty Members. The toolkit provides you with tools, templates and materials for you to adapt and use as you teach the course.

Steve Blank, founder of the Lean LaunchPad approach, developed the original materials when he taught the first NSF I-Corps course in Fall 2011.  We have since revised and developed additional materials to support the teaching teams now leading I-Corps nodes across the country. 

This toolkit will continue to expand as the I-Corps Faculty Development Program grows and scales to include greater numbers of teams. We look forward to your contributions to the toolkit as you teach and innovate the course. We welcome your comments and questions.

I look forward to working with you on this exciting opportunity in entrepreneurship education.

Jerry Engel
   I-Corps Faculty Director


I-Corps is a National Science Foundation initiative to assess the readiness of emerging technology concepts for transitioning into valuable new products through a public-private partnership. In collaboration with the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), NSF offers select participants from US academic laboratories the opportunity to participate in a special, accelerated version of the Lean LaunchPad course. The course engages participants in moving products out of the lab and into the market, through talking to customers, partners and competitors and encountering the chaos and uncertainty of creating successful innovations.