Teams of University of Southern Indiana students from the 2016 Technology Commercialization Academy (TCA) presented final product ideas on Friday, July 22 in the USI Business and Engineering Center (BEC) atrium. Questions and comments from local business leaders, regional entrepreneurs and USI faculty and staff helped students determine if they will continue with their concepts and turn them into viable products.
This year, TCA used Google Design Sprints and other lean innovation methods. Cost-effective solutions were developed and tested for commercial potential.
Products that resulted out of TCA:
SPARA: A household management application. SPARA allows for smart thermostat control and utility consumption management.
Marshalling Gloves: Aviation marshaling technology that replaces marshaling wands.
Exceed: Project management application.
SPARA and Marshalling technology have expressed interest in moving forward with their ideas. The Eagle Innovation Accelerator is one opportunity for TCA teams as well as USI students and faculty to receive funding and resources to develop products. The Eagle Innovation Accelerator has been developed as the next step for USI innovators to drive their ideas into scalable ventures.