The UF Team (Kaikai Liu, Erik Sander, and Andy Li) won the NSF I-Corps Top Team Award among the 2015 Winter Cohort in San Francisco. National Science Foundation has teamed with Venture Well (formerly National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance-NCIIA) to develop a new university entrepreneurship education/technology commercialization model called Lean Launch Pad pioneered by Steve Blank in the Silicon Valley and at Stanford and Berkeley.  This is the entrepreneurship education model that is sweeping the country. NSF is very big on it, forming a couple of programs under the umbrella of Innovation Corps (I-Corps, http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/i-corps/) to spread this model to other universities and move NSF funded research closer to market. 

The winter cohort includes 24 teams from universities across the country, including Berkeley, Georgia Tech, Harvard, Michigan, MIT, Northwestern, Texas, and Washington. The UF Team won the Top Team award on February 24, 2015, in San Francisco. The UF team consists of Kaikai Liu as the Entrepreneurial Lead, Erik Sander as the Mentor, and Andy Li as the Principal Investigator. The team’s project is the Indoor GPS ecosystem. Kudos to Kaikai, the rockstar-entrepreneur!