Energy I-Corps' experienced instructors and industry mentors are the foundation of how national lab researchers connect with industry. The support and involvement of industry leaders gives Energy I-Corps participants the real-world perspectives needed to ready their lab innovations for market.
Why be an instructor or industry mentor?
- Get a first look at exciting new innovations coming out of the national labs.
- Help your organization gain a strategic edge through exposure to future growth areas.
- Develop new and lasting relationships with U.S. national labs and researchers.
- Influence the development of emerging technologies towards specific applications.
What are past participants saying?
Interested in being an Energy I-Corps Instructor?
The role of an instructor is a demanding one! Selected instructors can expect to spend at least 130 hours preparing materials, delivering lectures and workshops, and coaching teams over the course of a seven-week cohort. Given the unique energy focus of our program, our instructors are expected to be well-versed in market trends across the broad scope of the energy industry. Instructors should also have experience within an entrepreneurial or venture capital setting, and should be comfortable working in a co-teaching environment. Contact Us to speak with someone about how to become an Energy I-Corps Instructor.
Learn more about our instructor team here.
Interested in being an Industry Mentor?
The role of a mentor is a critical component of the Energy I-Corps program. They bring real-world experience and lessons learned to the classroom setting, and guide their teams through the learning process. Mentors can expect to donate approximately 15% of their time to a team over the course of a seven-week cohort – some days more, some days less. Mentors should have experience and connections within the energy industry, and an appreciation for the customer discovery process. Contact Us to find a team in search of an Industry Mentor.
Learn more about our mentors here.
How can lab researchers get involved?
Department of Energy Laboratory researchers with a technology ready for commercialization are eligible to apply for the Energy I-Corps program. Talk with your Technology Transfer Office or visit the Apply page to learn more.