Narrator: This is Science Today. Training the next generation of entrepreneurs and encouraging partnerships between industry and academia is at the heart of a collaborative effort between two University of California campuses and Stanford University. Erik Lium, who leads Innovation, Technology and Alliances at UC San Francisco, explains that their San Francisco Bay Area/Silicon Valley node is one of three new Innovation Corps Nodes, or I-Corps, that the National Science Foundation has established across the United States.
Lium: So, the kinds of issues that are addressed under I-Corps are what is the problem that your company would be trying to solve, who is the customer, what would they be willing to pay for a solution to that problem; those types of very fundamental issues that need to be answered prior to knowing whether you actually have a company worthy idea or not.Narrator: The I-Corps curriculum is based on the Lean Launchpad framework, a training program developed by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Steve Blank, who lectures at UC Berkeley and Stanford. For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.