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The IC² Institute’s extensive experience in education includes the creation of successful advanced degree programs in technology commercialization, customized training programs for entrepreneurs and techology transfer professionals, and strategic higher education partnerships on a national scale.

Here is a sample of our current programs.

Advanced Commercialization Training

PTCP students at workIC² Advanced Commercialization Training gives students practical tools to assess technologies, listen to the market, and make fact-based decisions about commercialization of technical innovations. Local mentors in each country are trained to advise students and deploy new technology transfer methodologies, and top-performing students and mentors are invited to Austin for intensive hands-on training. Programs are currently operating in Colombia and Turkey.

Converting Technology to Wealth: Technology Transfer Training

Converting Technology to WealthConverting Technology to Wealth is a course from the Global Commercialization Group which combines an intensive on-site training experience in Austin with pre-Austin online training and individualized post-Austin mentoring. It prepares technology transfer specialists, incubator managers, scientists and researchers with practical skills and methodologies to commercialize R&D within their organizations. Participants will engage in market research, market validation, and targeted presentations using real technologies from their home institutions.

CTW training will next be offered in early 2017. See the CTW page for dates.

FASTForward small business entrepreneurship training

FASTForward at Austin City HallFASTForward is a 10-week training program for Austin-based small businesses designed to accelerate business growth and maximize profit.

FASTForward was developed by the IC² Institute and is supported by the City of Austin.

Innovation Readiness Series

The Innovation Readiness Series™ is an eLearning course designed to help innovators transform their technologies into commercial reality. Innovators learn how to determine whether they are ready to commercialize, to identify the critical next steps, and to prepare a compelling pitch. The series is suitable for individuals as well as for programmatic outreach to researchers in an institution. It is one component of a full suite of education and training offerings from the IC² Institute Global Commercialization Group.

Master of Science in S&T Commercialization, Monterrey, Mexico

CGIE buildingThe Maestría en Ciencias en Comercialización de la Ciencia y la Tecnología (MCCT) is a joint certificate / master’s degree in technology commercialization offered by the IC² Institute and the Center for Research in Advanced Materials (CIMAV), in Monterrey, Mexico. Over 130 students have graduated from the MS program.

The Institute pioneered advanced training in technology commercialization with the Master of Science in Technology Commercialization degree, now managed by the McCombs School of Business, and has replicated the program in Russia, Poland, and Mexico.

UT Austin|Portugal Program

UT Austin|Portugal CoLab logoThe UT Austin|Portugal Program (CoLab) is a multi-year partnership between the nation of Portugal and The University of Texas at Austin. The program is engaged in a long-term strategy to develop Portugal’s capacity in key scientific disciplines through joint research projects, collaborative PhD programs, and public education. CoLab was launched in 2007 and grew out of the IC² Institute’s research in innovation policy and the role of universities in economic development. Beginning in 2017, CoLab is managed out of the McCombs School of Business.