Milwaukee I-Corp launches pilot program aimed at nursing school

Nursing student Lindsey Roddy is a member of the first cohort of nursing students enrolled in I-Corps entrepreneurial training, a pilot program funded by the National Science Foundation to encourage more commercial products coming from academic research. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennesey)

Students and faculty at UWM’s School of Nursing will have the opportunity to add entrepreneurial training to their professional experiences with supplemental funding from the Milwaukee I-Corps site. Milwaukee is one of dozens of I-Corps sites supported by the National Science Foundation that provide networking and training to move scientific discoveries from university labs to the marketplace. The science foundation has awarded $30,000 in additional funding to Milwaukee and seven other sites to try novel approaches that promote inclusive tech entrepreneurship through I-Corps.

The Milwaukee pilot program is encouraging innovation with commercial potential from the nursing field. Ideas could include products that enhance workflow efficiencies, reduce worker injury or improve patient care, for example. Nursing students and faculty will learn about product development through hack-a-thons, course modules and other training activities. Preference will be given to teams with differently-abled individuals, first-generation college students, racial and ethnic minorities and women.

The Milwaukee I-Corps site, administered by the UWM Research Foundation, launched in 2014 and is the only one in Wisconsin. It trains teams of faculty and students from UWM and four other local universities – the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Marquette University and Concordia University. I-Corps connects academic researchers with technological, entrepreneurial and business communities, and couples scientific discovery with technology development and societal needs. Teams can sign up for the summer cohort soon. For more information go to:

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