The overall goal of the UH I-Corps Site is to encourage students and faculty to think in innovative and entrepreneurial ways about their ideas by facilitating and supporting a variety of entry points to the UH Innovation and Entrepreneurial (I&E) ecosystem. One way to achieve this long-term goal is to not only encourage the formation of traditional, three person I-Corps E-Teams but also non-traditional, nascent E-Teams which can then act as a feeder program for more traditional I-Corps E-Team formation.
When it comes to the definition of an E-Team at UH, this “all of the above” strategy has led to non-traditional E-Teams participating in several UH I-Corps Site activities, including academic LLC classes, the WCE program and/or RED LABS program prior to forming a more traditional E-Team (consisting of a Faculty Lead, an Entrepreneurial Lead and a Mentor) that progresses to the regional or national I-Corps program.
Initial E-Team composition at UH varies depending on the relative maturity of the idea or technology, whether or not the E-Team includes faculty and/or students and which UH I-Corps Site element initiates the team.
- E-Teams initially formed in Summer 2016
- E-Teams initially formed in Spring 2016
- E-Teams initially formed in Fall 2015
- E-Teams initially formed prior to Fall 2015
E-Team Types Created by the UH I-Corps Site:
Traditional I-Corps - E-Teams are initially formed as traditional, three person teams (i.e. faculty inventor, entrepreneurial lead and mentor) in preparation for entering the regional or national NSF I-Corps program.
WCE Team - E-Teams formed by a faculty inventor, 4-5 undergraduate WCE entrepreneurship students, an entrepreneurial lead (usually a graduate student) and a business mentor as part of the year-long, LLC-based WCE academic program specifically focused on commercialization of UH IP and technologies.
Student Only Team - Student-only E-Teams (comprised of 1-5 students) are initially formed usually within an academic LLC class. As part of that academic experience individual students or group of students complete a customer discovery experience, identify customer segments, and develop a value proposition. These “nascent” E-Teams do not qualify for a UH I-Corps stipend unless they go on to form a more traditional I-Corps E-Team.