University of Memphis and Epicenter Partnering Again to Grow Entrepreneurship in the Region
New fellows expected to build on the five P2P startups already launched as part of the initial cohort
Sept. 12, 2022 — The University of Memphis and Epicenter are once again collaborating to build on a program designed to give enterprising PhDs the opportunity to turn research-based intellectual property created both in Memphis and across the United States into local startup companies.
Established jointly, the Patents2Products: Deep Science Entrepreneur Post-Doc Fellowships (P2P) Program will support postdoctoral fellows up to two years, provide initial startup funds, mentorship and access to the researchers and labs where the University intellectual property was developed. The program focuses on commercializing deep science patents or novel innovations that are the result of academic research and that also have potential for commercialization. The P2P Fellows will also have access to entrepreneurial curricula and resources throughout the regional innovation ecosystem and will be provided office space in the UofM Crews Center for Entrepreneurship, as well as Epicenter’s downtown offices. The second cohort is set to begin October 2022.
As part of the program, Epicenter Memphis, the UofM FedEx Institute of Technology and the UofM Crews Center for Entrepreneurship will provide connections to mentors, customers and capital to not only grow startup businesses, but also to encourage a long-term stay by the Fellows as founders of local Memphis companies.