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Yiyun Lin awarded a position in the BIO 2019 I-Corps Bio-Entrepreneurship Workshop

May. 21, 2019

Yiyun Lin, a PhD student in Michelle Jones lab in Horticulture and Crop Science has been awarded a position in the BIO 2019 I-Corps Bio-Entrepreneurship Workshop and access to the 2019 BIO International Convention in Philadelphia in early June.

The program is a 3-day I-Corps Bio-Entrepreneurship Workshop, including BIO International Convention exhibition access. Participants will work on teams with industry mentors to learn about biotechnology commercialization, grow their professional network, and explore entrepreneurial opportunities that build on basic research. The workshop will consist of training sessions and practice on the BIO 2019 exhibition floor.

NSF describes I-Corps as “a set of activities and programs to prepare scientists and engineers to extend their focus beyond the laboratory and broadens the impact of…basic-research projects.” The 2019 I-Corps Bio-Entrepreneurship workshop will embrace I-Corps’ principles of customer discovery. All participants will interview industry experts gathered in Philadelphia at BIO 2019. All I-Corps courses create entrepreneurial experiences “with all the pressures and demands of the real world” – so expect a participatory, fast-paced, high-energy workshop that requires full-time teamwork! 

I-Crops Objectives

  • Experience working in diverse teams to identify and solve problems
  • Understand evidence-based entrepreneurship as taught by NSF I-Corps nodes and sites nationwide 
  • Apply evidence-based entrepreneurship concepts via customer discovery at the BIO 2019 exhibition 
  • Learn how to maximize efficiency in learning and networking in a conference environment
  • Learn about life sciences commercialization