The FLoW 2.0 program prepares students with projects aimed at making a positive contribution to environmental sustainability for entrepreneurial success. With a special emphasis on scientists and engineers, FLoW 2.0 establishes a core foundation of skills to turn ideas and technologies into products and businesses. Through the program, scientists and engineers emerge as future leaders in the business community.
FLoW 2.0 works with entrepreneurs to mitigate the major challenges that often stop them in their tracks: inadequate business training, finding money and facilities for building prototypes, and connecting with mentors who understand their technologies and can help them advance their businesses. FLoW’s five point program shortens the odds by paying attention to the three core “C’s” that prevent technology innovators from becoming entrepreneurs: culture, connections and cash.
In partnership with UCSD’s von Liebig Entrepreneurism Center and working with Innovation Node – LA (IN-LA), the program begins with a month-long, four session online course focused on market analysis, identifying and interacting with customers, and building a viable business model for product development.
The capstone of the 2.0 training is participation in the FLoW competition, where student teams pitch their business plans and ideas in pursuit of over $100,000 in cash prizes.
The FloW program is open to university students and recent graduates. FloW has worked with students from universities all across the United States, whose innovations span the breadth of cleantech and sustainability.
- Rocket Fund: $125,000 in prototyping grants
- Pitch at DOE EERE National Cleantech UP competition
- iCorps NSF Webinar Series – on customer discovery
- Expert mentoring and legal help
For more information, visit http://www.flow.caltech.edu/about.