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 ObjectivesThe 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 ... (more)
The first Idea to Product ® competition was held in 2001 by the Technology Entrepreneurship Society in cooperation with the Chair of Free Enterprise, the College of Engineering, and the IC2 Institute and its MSSTC Alumni Association. Since its inaugural year, TES members have... (more)