University of Southern Indiana
Innovation Pointe - The Agile Laboratory

Technology Commercialization Academy


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.

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

2019 TCA Schedule

TCA 2019 is twelve weeks beginning May 6 through July 26.

Work day is typically 9am-3:30pm, Monday through Thursday (24 hrs/week inclusive of a 30 minute lunch each day), paid at $15 per hour.

The holidays of Memorial Day (May 27) and Independence Day (July 4) will be observed.

Work Phases:

Skill development/acquisition

Entrepreneur Mindset and Tools

Practical Application and Client Work 

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