The I-Corps Mentor Network embodies the public–private partnership at the heart of the NSF Innovation Corps. Through the Network, I-Corps™ teams have access to a broad range of commercialization expertise as well as potential sources for business relationships and partnerships.
The I-Corps Mentor plays an essential role within each project team: providing insight from the private sector. This individual typically is experienced or is an emerging entrepreneur with experience in transitioning technology out of academic labs.
The I-Corps™ Mentor will serve as the principal guide in determining the technology disposition. He or she also will be responsible for regularly updating the cognizant NSF I-Corps™ program director on progress toward this goal.