Virtual On line
June 22, 2020
June 22, 2020
June 26, 2021
Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session
In today’s global market economy, equipping engineering students with a broader set of skills associated with an entrepreneurial mindset will empower them to create value for the companies they join or launch their own startups. In recent years, institutions across the nation have been investing resources in developing maker spaces plus curricular and extracurricular programs to provide opportunities for students to acquire knowledge, skills, and pursue innovative ideas in a safe environment – while still in college. In 2011, the National Science Foundation (NSF) launched the Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program focused on accelerating economic and societal benefits of NSF funded research projects. Today, there are almost 100 institutions participating in the program as part of an I-Corps Node or an I-Corps Site. While each institution utilizes similar approaches, including an I-Corps team formation, knowledge and skills training, customer discovery and guidance from experienced entrepreneurs, each ecosystem is unique because the program outcomes are closely related to the entrepreneurial culture both on campus and also in the surrounding local community. In this poster presentation, authors will present assessment data from a study designed to understand the impact of the program on student knowledge, perceptions, and practice of entrepreneurship. In the four-cohort assessment data, participants indicate increased confidence in value proposition, self-efficacy in entrepreneurship, and customer discovery. Furthermore, assessment data indicate that participants with a GO decision (to continue pursuing their technology) had higher interest on entrepreneurship, higher confidence in value proposition, with higher perception on the current status of technology and business model. In addition, authors will present a new pilot program to be offered in spring 2020 and aimed to further enhance our I-Corps Site efforts on campus for broader impacts.
Lagoudas, M. Z., & Yoon, S. Y., & Boehm, R., & Asbell, S. (2020, June), Impact of an I-Corps Site Program on Engineering Students at a Large Southwestern University: Year 3 Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34752
ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2020 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015