June 16, 2021
via Zoom
US/Central timezone

Cohort 3 of the Fermilab Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Practicum is open for registration!  The course begins on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. 

This year, we are leveraging a program developed and delivered by Argonne National Laboratory.  The program is open to all Fermilab and Argonne employees.

Argonne’s Energy I-Corps Preparation Course is based on the same material as the Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Practicum (the Fermilab Practicum) offered at Fermilab the last two years (Cohorts 1 and 2).  Fermilab participants who sign up to attend the entire Argonne course (seven classes) will be enrolled as Cohort 3 of the Fermilab Practicum. As a member of Cohort 3, Fermilab participants will be provided a task code for reporting time to participate in the Argonne course (prep time and class time); have access to supplemental learning and mentoring opportunities that will be offered by the Office of Partnerships and Technology Transfer (OPTT) throughout the summer; and receive a certificate of completion for the Fermilab Practicum (in addition to any certificates provided by Argonne).

The virtual course consists of a series of seven classes, which will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. CT on successive Wednesdays. Registration is required.

  • Introduction to Energy I-Corps (6/16)
  • The Business Model Canvas: A Tool for Developing a Commercialization Plan (6/23)
  • Product Market Fit: Is There a Market for Your Technology? (6/30)
  • Customer Discovery: Apply the Scientific Method to Technology Commercialization (7/7)
  • Market and Competitive Analysis: Who Else is Out There? (7/14)
  • Technology Transfer and Commercialization at a National Laboratory (7/21)
  • Energy I-Corps Success Stories and Follow-On (7/28)

Participants do not need to attend all seven classes, but it is recommended. Although some classes (particularly 2, 3 and 4) build on each other, each class is self-contained and will deliver value to all attendees.

Goals of the course are to:

  • Increase the impact of lab technology by providing researchers with tools to explore possible end uses
  • Increase innovation at the labs that results in commercial sector deployment
  • Introduce concepts that allow lab scientists and engineers to communicate effectively with any customer (program managers, sponsors, private sector, lab management)
  • Increase effective engagement between the labs and industry

The course will be taught jointly by David McCallum, New Program Capture Manager in Argonne’s office of Science and Technology Partnerships and Outreach , and Melissa Byrn, Director of Innovation Programs at the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Chicago. There will also be guest speakers who will address particular aspects of technology commercialization and the Energy I-Corps process.

For more information, please contact Cherri Schmidt (cherri@fnal.gov).

Note that you must register through the Argonne registration site, in addition to registering here.  We will monitor both lists to make sure everyone who wants to attend is able to attend.


via Zoom
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