NSF I-Corps Innovation Fellow

Fellowship Description

1.      Promotion and Outreach:

  • Create and implement marketing strategies to promote the NSF I-Corps program within the academic community.
  • Collaborate with university departments, research centers, and entrepreneurship clubs to raise awareness of the program.
  • Use social media, newsletters, and other channels to reach potential participants.

2.      Team Recruitment:

  • Identify and engage with promising research teams and innovators who could benefit from the NSF I-Corps program.
  • Attend academic events, conferences, and workshops to recruit potential teams.
  • Build and maintain a database of interested teams and individuals.

3.      Information Sessions:

  • Organize and conduct informational sessions and workshops to educate potential participants about the benefits of the NSF I-Corps program.
  • Provide guidance and support to teams during the application process.

4.      Team Support:

  • Serve as a liaison between selected teams and program mentors.
  • Facilitate communication and collaboration among team members.
  • Assist teams in preparing for customer discovery and the I-Corps curriculum.

5.      Reporting and Evaluation:

  • Maintain records of program activities and team progress.
  • Prepare regular reports and updates for program leadership.
  • Collect feedback from program participants to continually improve the program.


Your Host

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program is dedicated to fostering innovation and entrepreneurship within the academic community. We are seeking a motivated and passionate graduate student to join our team as a Venture Associate. In this role, you will play a vital role in promoting and recruiting teams for the NSF I-Corps program, helping researchers and innovators transform their ideas into successful startups.

UAF Mentor

Christina Pellicane
Assistant Director of Innovation, Lead Instructor, I-Corps Northeast Hub, Office of the Dean for Research

Christina Pellicane is the Assistant Director of Innovation and Lead Instructor for the NSF I-Corps Northeast Hub at Princeton University and COO at Lignolix, a chemical tech startup. She is a certified national NSF I-CorpsTM Instructor and Lean Launchpad educator at schools and incubators around the world. Most recently, she was the first Director of Commercialization for University of Delaware’s Horn Entrepreneurship Center where she managed several initiatives including a $2M Proof of Concept fund and the UD I-Corps Site. 

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