University of Southern Indiana
Innovation Pointe - The Agile Laboratory

Technology Commercialization Academy

2017 TCA Programming

Established in 2012 toward advancing USI’s mission, the Technology Commercialization Academy has continuously iterated the program toward maximizing its impact on our students and their impact on Indiana.

Last year's TCA assisted companies from various industries having to do with Internet of Things (smart hardware), software, energy, and engineering, as well as launching new ventures from USI.

In addition to USI startups and regional businesses, this year’s partners will include the BIC and NSWC Crane toward exploring the transfer of military developed technologies to businesses related to the energy industry, especially in southwest Indiana. See USI-Crane Partnership.

Companies seeking support to assess/launch new ventures, e.g. products or new markets, or you are a Subject Matter Expert interested in engaging technology commercialization, contact Jason Salstrom at

The TCA recruits USI talent from all majors. 16 students will be selected to work for the TCA for 12 weeks. TCA alumni can apply to become EIA Commercialization Associates or Engineering Technicians during the academic year. (Note: Due to the relationship with NSWC Crane, participants are required to be US Citizens).


To develop innovative leaders skilled at discovering opportunities and putting new ideas into action, while creating opportunities for USI graduates in Indiana.

We do this through an experiential program that combines paid training and practical application of lean/agile innovation methods and tools in support of new venture development for regional clients and university startups. We emphasize building critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork and communication skills.

At the core of the program is rapid assessment of new business venture feasibility via FITest and discovery, design, and testing of new ideas via “sprints,” based in Design Thinking, that iterate in five phases: Discover – Define – Ideate – Pretotype – Test. While this largely follows the 10-step engineering design process, these methods can be applied to, e.g., hardware, software, branding, services, architecture, marketing, profit models, and launching new initiatives.

Guiding Principles

“build the right it before you build it right” –


Success in the TCA requires participants to demonstrate:

Initiative – the ability to assess information, plan and initiate action independently

Evidence-based Decision Making – rational, objective, empirical

Multidisciplinary Collaboration – diverse teams, fearless contribution

Professional Accountability – lead by example, protect the team



TCA 2017 is twelve weeks beginning May 8 through July 28

Work day is typically 9am-3pm, Monday through Friday (25 hrs/week)

Days off are May 29, July 3-4


Work Phases (approximately 4 weeks each):

Discovery and Definition

Design and Testing

Serving Clients


TCA 2017 is a paid academy $15/hr

TCA graduates have an opportunity to continue working for the Eagle Innovation Accelerator during the academic year.

From 2016

From 2013

Contact Josh McWilliams


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