Lab to Impact: Explore the Commercial Potential of Your Innovative Technology

This introductory workshop series covers essential topics for technology translation and early commercialization. Leveraging the proven methodology of the NSF I-Corps program, these workshops are designed to develop skills to accelerate the transfer of cutting-edge research to commercial success.   The workshops cover essential content required in early commercialization funding opportunities such as SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research), STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer), and the NSF PFI (Partnerships for Innovation) grant.

The workshops are geared toward graduate students, postdocs, researchers, staff,  and faculty interested in exploring early commercialization funding or startup creation.  These virtual workshops are offered on a regular cadence throughout the year, and provide actionable content and time for Q&A.  Topics in this series: 

Value Propositions 

Title: How to develop a value proposition for my innovative technology

This workshop will guide participants through the process of creating clear and compelling value propositions that answer, “What problem are you solving, what benefit are you creating, and for whom?”  We will discuss product-market fit, features vs. benefits and provide templates and examples. 


 August 8, 2023, 12-1 pm  Register Here

September 5, 2023, 12:00-1:00 pm Register Here

October 3, 2023, 12:00-1:00 pm   Register Here


Stakeholder Mapping

This workshop will delve into the concept of stakeholder and ecosystem mapping, guiding participants through the process of identifying key stakeholders, understanding stakeholder roles and pain points, and aligning the value propositions accordingly. 


 August 15, 2023, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm Register Here

September 12, 2023, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm Register Here

October 10. 2023, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm Register Here


Customer Discovery 

This workshop will provide participants with tips and strategies to conduct effective customer discovery to understand customer needs and pain points, test key assumptions and synthesize information to continue to refine the value proposition.


 August 22, 2023, 12:00-1:00 pm Register Here

September 19, 12:00-1:00 pm Register Here

October 17, 2023, 12:00-1:00 pm Register Here


Market and Competitive Analysis

This workshop will discuss the market opportunity, target and beachhead markets, the importance of key differentiators, and provide participants with tools and tips to conduct market analysis and a framework to create a competitive analysis.


 August 29, 2023, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm Register Here

 September 26, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm Register Here

October 24, 2023, 12:00-1:00 pm Register Here


Questions, please contact:  


Caroline Crisafulli,  

Brian Genide, 



Early Commercialization Funding 

This information session provides a high-level introduction to funding opportunities for faculty and staff that are geared toward commercializing technologies invented at Ohio State, as well as outlining the objectives and goals typically associated with these funding mechanisms and how they differ to research grant funding.  

Registration Link: 

(Attendees can register one and choose which session to attend. The webinar is a standing monthly session delivering the same topic each month).  

Nov 9, 2023 

Dec 7, 2023 

Jan 11, 2024 

Feb 15, 2024 

March 7, 2024 

April 11, 2024 

May 9, 2024 


Questions, please contact:


Corine St.Gelais,