This bill — the Innovators to Entrepreneurs Act of 2019 — would direct the National Science Foundation (NSF) to expand Small Business Innovation Research Program grantees’ participation in its Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program. It’d also direct the NSF to develop an I-Corps course for commercialization-ready participants to teach them skills like attracting investors, scaling up a company, and building a brand.
This bill would authorize $5 million for these activities in fiscal years 2020 and 2021.
The Comptroller General would be directed to evaluate the I-Corps program’s impact. This would entail assessing the effect of I-Corps on the commercialization of federally funded research and development, the higher education system, regional economies, and the national economy.