P2P is a year-round fellowship program that hires entrepreneurial research trainees, known as Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I&E) Fellows. I&E Fellows will be coached using theoretical & applied entrepreneurship modules and ultimately acquire the necessary tool kit and receive expert mentoring for launching a successful startup venture. Utilizing intellectual property to include those developed and/or patented at URI, I&E Fellows will be transforming great ideas into successful products, services, and companies that are focused on dual use solutions.
Learning outcomes will deliver knowledge on how to manage internal and external stakeholders, investigate the commercial landscape, and especially develop a viable business model. Fellows will receive management and public relations training in effective communication for the exchange of ideas, thought-leadership strategies, and enhancing interpersonal dynamics.
URI affiliated entrepreneurs will provide fellows with venture mentorship and guidance on preparing pitch decks as well as coaching on strategies to raise capital. Coaching will involve collaborative research funding & seed funding challenges, SBIR/STTR application assistance and other startup related challenges.