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Innovation-to-Enterprise Initiative

Research Commercialization Services

Our goal is to create and encourage the invention culture on campus, and serve as a ready source of support and information for faculty, staff, and students engaged in research with potential for commercial development.  It is important to know how to prepare and move concepts and technologies along the "invention pipeline", and when to engage the expertise at the Indiana University Research & Technology Corporation (IURTC).

We offer programs and services to:

  • Leverage campus enthusiasm for research, innovation, and invention
  • Connect researchers to each other, centers and labs on campus, and external collaborators
  • Assist researchers in navigating the challenges and opportunities they experience when refining discoveries to a point where they can be presented to the IURTC

Groups can schedule a workshop or presentation on a variety of related subjects—intellectual property, entrepreneurship, and commercialization.  Individual faculty can schedule a direct consultation related to their research program.

Contact:   Karen White, CLP, Research Development & Commercialization Facilitator
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
Phone:  317-274-1083 

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Whether you are an IUPUI student, faculty member, alumni, or a member of the entrepreneurial community, there are numerous opportunities to get involved in the Innovation-to-Enterprise Initiative activities and programs.


IUPUI researchers/scholars with research projects in various stages of enterprise development are invited to submit proposals for Innovation to Enterprise Centeral (ITEC) projects. Under supervision of the ITEC facilitation team, faculty clients, and faculty and/or community mentors, students on the project team will be responsible for research, planning, and development of a new process, application, and/or prototype.

The Funding Opportunities for Research Commercialization and Economic Success (FORCES) grant is designed to support IUPUI researchers in the successful transformation of their research findings into commercially viable outcomes. Deadlines: September 15 and March 15


The Ideas Solving Social and Economic Challenges (ISSEC) is a competition to reward IUPUI students for their innovative ideas to solve social and economic challenges facing the nation and the world. Students (undergraduate or graduate) with an original idea showing commercial promise or with potential for significant social impact are encouraged to participate. 

Innovation to Enterprise Central (ITEC) Commercialization Teams facilitates the creation and support of collaborative multidisciplinary research commercialization teams, consisting of students from multiple academic disciplines, faculty and other participants. The primary purpose of these teams is to provide students a unique opportunity to work with mentors on learning about research innovations and exploring opportunities for their transformation into commercial enterprises.


IUPUI Ideas Solving Social and Economic Challenges—ISSEC Student Pitch Competition

IUPUI Campus Center Theater, 3:00 pm to 5:30pm, Tuesday, February 26, 2013.

For more information, go to Questions can be directed to Karen White at or (317) 274-1083.

ISSEC flyer

The ISSEC competition is free, and open to the public—everyone is invited to attend! Register here.

For more information or if you have questions please contact us:

Karen White, CLP
Research Development & Commercialization Facilitator
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
Phone:  317-274-1083

Bradley W Fravel, PhD, MBA
Business Development Manager & Faculty Corporate Liaison
(317) 278-1916 or (317) 966-4926