Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Granting Department

Business Administration

Major Professor

Jung C. Park, Ph.D.

Co-Major Professor

Charles Arant, D.B.A.

Committee Member

Alan Hevner, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Matthew Mullarkey, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Timothy Papp, D.B.A.


Commercializaton, National Science Foundation, Radar Charts, Tech-Transfer


The Innovators to Entrepreneurs Act was introduced by Congressman Daniel Lipinski of Illinois and several other congressional colleagues in January of 2019. This bill enables broader participation in the successful National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program and provides additional training for innovators to learn how to turn their research into new products and businesses. I-Corps connects scientists and engineers within the technological, entrepreneurial, and business communities to move discoveries from the laboratory to the market.

The most successful federal program of its kind, I-Corps has trained over 1,300 teams, led to the formation of 644 startup companies and resulted in over $300 million in follow-on funding raised since 2012. The Innovators to Entrepreneurs Act of 2019 expands the eligible pool of applicants for the I-Corps program, allowing the participation of aspiring entrepreneurs who have demonstrated their merit by being awarded Small Business Innovation Research or Small Business Technology Transfer grants from a federal agency.

The objective of this research is to explore the relationship between entrepreneurial competencies and successful I-Corps site teams. With the knowledge gained in this dissertation, the researcher offers suggestions towards an improved I- Corps site team selection process.