Get Involved

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.