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UGA innovators showcase ideas for commercialization

(L-R) Entrepreneurial Leads Emma Troth and Kelly Scheulin present for their company Dog Seizure Therapeutic during the I-Corps Showcase at the Jackson Street Building. (Photo by Andrew Davis Tucker/UGA)

Thirteen teams of innovators—composed of UGA faculty, students and community members—took their big ideas and entrepreneurial aspirations and pressure tested them for commercial potential this fall. Innovation Corps, or I-Corps, was developed by the National Science Foundation to help scientists and engineers in the U.S. translate their research out of academia for economic and societal benefits.

At UGA, I-Corps teams go through an intensive six-week accelerator program to identify whether there is a market need for their idea. Simply put, the teams identify potential customers and interview them to determine what problems and frustrations exist with current solutions.

At the I-Corps Showcase on Oct. 21, the teams presented their findings from customer discovery and their plans to work toward commercializing their technology.

This cohort was the seventh to go through UGA’s I-Corps program. In addition to therapy for dogs with seizures, ideas included a treatment for brain cancer and an automated system for approving university courses.