Feb
19
Tue
In the Lab @ Explore More Discovery Museum
Feb 19 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Grab a lab coat, put on your goggles and enter the Merck Science Lab. Each week will feature a different science project designed just for kids (Tuesdays at 4 PM).

See more at www.iexploremore.com/programs.

Feb
20
Wed
Engineer It @ Explore More Discovery Museum
Feb 20 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Young inventors and engineers will have a chance to integrate all STEM disciplines as they tackle a different design problem each week on Wednesdays at 4 PM.

See more at www.iexploremore.com/programs.

 

Feb
22
Fri
JMU X-Labs Friday Open Trainings @ Lakeview Hall
Feb 22 @ 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

Get trained on the machinery located at JMU X-Labs. Trainings for the laser cutter, 3D printers, vinyl cutter and more available during Friday open lab hours.

For more information about X-Labs, please visit the Facebook event page and X-labs website.

Feb
25
Mon
Spring 2019 ICAP Lean Startup Course
Feb 25 @ 12:00 am

Link to application form located below.

Based on the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps™ program for Lean Startups, ICAP helps inventors and entrepreneurs take the right first steps in bringing new technologies and innovations to market.

ICAP includes FREE introductory training programs and counseling services offered through ICAP instructors and local SBDC counselors. ICAP helps startups identify potential customers and develop successful business models based on that knowledge. It is an ideal program for early-stage companies trying to prepare for eventual venture investment.

Important Dates

  • February 25, 2019 – Applications are due by midnight; see the link below.
  • March 1, 2019 – Acceptance notifications and communication with next steps and instructions, including how to prepare for the first session.
  • TBD (Early March)– 6:00pm – 8:00pm – Introductory Conference Call
  • March 15, 2019– 9:00am – 5:00pm – Initial Team Presentations
  • March 22, 2019 – Each team participates in a pre-scheduled telephone review of the team’s Customer Discovery Progress over the first week
  • April 5, 2019– 9:00am – 2:00pm – Final Team Presentations

During this introductory 2-week program, there is extensive work done outside the classroom. In addition to the class meetings and webinar, participants should expect to spend another 10-15 hours per week on customer discovery and course assignments. At the conclusion of the program, you will remain connected with your ICAP trainers and SBDC Business Advisors to continue your progress on the Five Steps to Startup Success over the following 12 months.

The introductory program is designed to generate a maximum impact over a relatively short duration and should be considered a required first step for anyone interested in commercializing a technology or product, whether through a startup or licensing arrangement. Some graduates of this cohort may be eligible to apply to NSF’s full National Seven-week I-Corps Program, which includes non-dilutive grants for customer discovery and prototype development. Additionally, this program can help teams develop better submissions for SBIR and CRCF grants from Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technologies.

Your ICAP Instructor

Bob Smith is currently the Director of the Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP), a program funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia and administered by George Mason University and the Virginia Small Business Development Center Network (VSBDC). Here he helps researchers, inventors, and technology startups develop their technology commercialization and technology business startup efforts. He’s also an instructor with the NSF’s DC I-Corp Node, and co-director of the Fed Tech program, which uses Lean Startup methods to assist inventors from government labs to explore the commercial viability of their inventions.

Bob has 30+ years’ experience in innovation and entrepreneurship. He is the Chairman of CollegeFactual.com, a leading college rankings website. He’s held senior management positions at Congressional Quarterly and America Online in sales, marketing, and new product development and was the founder and CEO of the first nation-wide online city guide, Digital City. As an executive, angel investor, and advisor he has helped companies in e-commerce, e-government, identity management, content publishing, geospatial analytics, data science, and local media go from launch through to favorable exits.

Bob received a BA from USC and his MBA from GWU. He is a veteran of the US Navy.

For more information email: icap@virginiasbdc.org

This Cohort is hosted by the  Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center, the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council and JMU X-Labs.

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Apply for Spring 2019 ICAP Lean Startup Course (deadline Feb. 25, 2019 @ midnight)

Feb
26
Tue
In the Lab @ Explore More Discovery Museum
Feb 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Grab a lab coat, put on your goggles and enter the Merck Science Lab. Each week will feature a different science project designed just for kids (Tuesdays at 4 PM).

See more at www.iexploremore.com/programs.

Feb
27
Wed
Engineer It @ Explore More Discovery Museum
Feb 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Young inventors and engineers will have a chance to integrate all STEM disciplines as they tackle a different design problem each week on Wednesdays at 4 PM.

See more at www.iexploremore.com/programs.

 

Mar
1
Fri
JMU X-Labs Friday Open Trainings @ Lakeview Hall
Mar 1 @ 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

Get trained on the machinery located at JMU X-Labs. Trainings for the laser cutter, 3D printers, vinyl cutter and more available during Friday open lab hours.

For more information about X-Labs, please visit the Facebook event page and X-labs website.

Mar
5
Tue
In the Lab @ Explore More Discovery Museum
Mar 5 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Grab a lab coat, put on your goggles and enter the Merck Science Lab. Each week will feature a different science project designed just for kids (Tuesdays at 4 PM).

See more at www.iexploremore.com/programs.

Mar
6
Wed
Engineer It @ Explore More Discovery Museum
Mar 6 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Young inventors and engineers will have a chance to integrate all STEM disciplines as they tackle a different design problem each week on Wednesdays at 4 PM.

See more at www.iexploremore.com/programs.

 

Mar
8
Fri
JMU X-Labs Friday Open Trainings @ Lakeview Hall
Mar 8 @ 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

Get trained on the machinery located at JMU X-Labs. Trainings for the laser cutter, 3D printers, vinyl cutter and more available during Friday open lab hours.

For more information about X-Labs, please visit the Facebook event page and X-labs website.