About I2P

The I2P Global Competition

Idea to Product Global is a competition in commercialization of research aiming to fill the gap between university research and business plan competitions. Founded by the VP of Research at University of Texas (UT) at Austin, the competition has run for 10 consecutive years. Each year at least one team has gone on to business plan competitions, to receive additional research funding, or to create a new company.

This year we aim to repeat the success of the I2P® Global that took place in Stockholm over the last 2 years. It was then the first time that the competition was held outside of Austin, Texas. The event will be held at Fundacao Getulio Vargas in Sao Paulo, Brazil, now for the first time in Latin America. In total, 15 to 18 teams will be competing in 3 parallel championships: ICT, Energy and Life Science. In each team, students will have created new value based on emerging technology.

In participating in the competition, student groups present assessments of their technology-based products or services.  The entries should be unique and innovative, be feasible to implement, address an identified market need, and they must have an underlying technology component.  Teams are encouraged to focus on the benefits of their technology and its associated market potential, rather than the technical features.

During this three day event, the main goal is to educate the competing teams of students, ranging from Bachelor to Ph.D. levels. The success of the I2P program is based on the success of the students and their ability to commercialize innovation. There are also a number of important secondary goals of the competition:

  • To promote Brazil, FGV and UFJF as a centers of innovation.
  • To facilitate the international networking and knowledge sharing between top universities, and between these schools and the specialist competencies provided by the judges.
  • To fill the gap between university research and business plan competitions.


The Idea to Product (I2P) Program

What is I2P®?
The phrase “Idea to Product” refers to applying creative thought to a technology (“Idea”) and developing a market application (“Product”) for that technology; thus creating a match between a technology and a societal (or market) need.... (more)

Goals and Objectives
The I2P® Program is fundamentally about education. I2P® promotes a culture of technology innovation and entrepreneurship through coursework, competitions, and seminars addressing innovation, commercialization, and entrepreneurship for a multidisciplinary audience. The program provides a range of pathways for innovation including exposing university technologies to outside investors, aiding university technology spin-offs, and engaging students in the innovation and commercialization process. This last pathway is crucial, given that graduating students are the principal means of knowledge transfer from the university. Through the program students learn to address issues from business, intellectual property, marketing, distribution, R&D, and manufacturing; all of which are necessary for successful technology commercialization. The I2P® Competitions give students hands-on innovation experience, along with mentoring and feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, faculty members and from industry

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Business Development & Entrepreneurship Division

While the Royal Institute of Technology has a long history of entrepreneurship and innovation management, it was not until the January 2011, that the Institute of Industrial Management created the division – Business Development and Entrepreneurship with Associate Professor Terrence E. Brown as its head.

The focus of the division is – Value creation through the creation and commercialization of innovation through existing enterprises and new ventures.

The division is engaged with teaching with the courses given among the school’s most popular. Additionally, the division is involved in two major research projects – one related to the means, methods and modes of research commercialization and the second, related to management, organizational and administrative innovations within Swedish industry.

The division has a long deep relationship to the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship, where KTH is one of the parent institutions.


With over 13,000 students and 1,600 postgraduate students, The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) is Sweden’s largest technological university. The Institute conducts education and research across a broad spectrum – from natural science to all branches of technology.










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