University of Southern Indiana
Innovation Pointe - The Agile Laboratory

Technology Commercialization Academy

TCA 2020 Applications Now Open!

Apply now, deadline is March 15, 2020.

2020 Application


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 opportunity feasibility to maximize impact and success. This is done via practical application of Jobs To Be Done theory, FITest, and “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.

The TCA Experience

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.

2020 TCA Schedule

TCA 2020 is a 6 week fellowship, beginning May 11 through June 19.

Work day will typically consist of core hours between 8am-12:00pm (noon) Monday through Friday, though work outside of those hours may/will be necessary. Students will be given a stipend of $1,800 to complete the program, though up to $10,000 of additional money will be available to program participants base through competition.

The holiday of Memorial Day (May 25) will be observed.

Work Phases:

Skill development/acquisition

Entrepreneur Mindset and Tools

Practical Application and Client Work 

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