Commercialization of emerging nanotechnologies requires innovators and entrepreneurs capable of translating discoveries to commercial manufacturing and production. It’s a tough but thrilling task that requires skill, persistence, and more than a little luck. Below are some resources to help nano entrepreneurs make the leap from discovery to commercialization.
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- NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps): The nation’s premier program for helping researchers make the transition from the lab to a thriving start-up. Over 10 years, NSF I-Corps has trained more than 5,700 people, helped launch more than 1,200 businesses, and raised more than $1 billion in follow-on funding.
I-Corps™ at NIH: The National Institutes of Health’s version of the NSF I-Corps program
Energy I-Corps: The US Department of Energy’s version of the NSF I-Corps program
- SBIR/STTR – Small Business Research Innovation Research: Seed-funding to help launch your US-based small business.
- NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP): Public-private partnership with centers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Helps US-based small and medium sized manufacturers scale up manufacturing, generate sales, streamline operations, secure investment, and create or retain jobs.
NNCI Site-Specific Resources:
- Montana Nanotechnology Facility (MONT)
- Nebraska Nanoscale Facility (NNF)
- Northwest Nanotechnology Infrastructure (NNI)
- Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network (RTNN)
- San Diego Nanotechnology Infrastructure (SDNI)
- Soft and Hybrid Nanotechnology Experimental (SHyNE) Resource
- Southeastern Nanotechnology Infrastructure Corridor (SENIC)
- Virginia Tech National Center for Earth and Environmental Nanotechnology Infrastructure (NanoEarth)