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Inclusion In Innovation Initiative (i4)

GEM Inclusion in Innovation Initiative (i4)

GEMpreneur Workshops, Voices From the Field Panels and PEP (Preparing for Entrepreneurial Pathways) Talks are a part of the i4 programmatic offerings for current GEM Fellows and Alumni. Launched in June 2020, these programs provide underrepresented graduate researchers exposure to entrepreneurial pathways, processes to commercialize their academic research, and access to the GEM network of Founders/Co-Founders who have translated their deep-tech graduate research into successful startup organizations.

GEM – NSF Partnership


Raise awareness to the GEM network about I-Corps™ through GEMpreneur Workshops, Panels, Convenings and entrepreneurial networking events



Integrate members of the GEM network into the I-Corps™ infrastructure at the regional short course and the National Teams levels


Study the documented challenges that the NSF I-Corps™ program has in the area of diversity and inclusion and experiences and challenges of URMs in technology entrepreneurship


Inspire a generation of researchers to pursue entrepreneurial pathways


Integrate the GEM network into the I-Corps™ infrastructure


Increase the number of I-Corps™ teams with URM researchers


Impact the diversity and inclusion of the entrepreneurial ecosystem

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Attend A GEMpreneur Workshop

GEMpreneur Workshops are held monthly on the third Wednesday of every month for current GEM Fellows and Alumni.

  • Learn how and why as a GEM Fellow or Alumnus you should consider translating your research into a tech startup
  • Assist GEM Fellows and Alumni in navigating the entrepreneurial ecosystem and connecting them with resources and expertise
  • Introduce attendees to the National Science Foundation I-Corps™ program

Contact [email protected] for more information.

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Attend a Voices From the Field Panel

Voices from the Field Panels are held monthly on the fourth Tuesday of every month for Current Fellows and Alumni.

  • Gain access to GEM’s network of Black and Brown Tech Entrepreneurs who have translated their deep-tech graduate research into successful startups
  • Learn from Founders/Co-Founders at varying points of their entrepreneurial journeys. Founders range from current GEM Fellows who are actively leveraging GEM i4 resources to pursue their entrepreneurial endeavors to seasoned entrepreneurs who have paved the way.

Contact [email protected] for more information.

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Attend a Preparing for Entrepreneurial Pathways (PEP) Talk

PEP (Preparing for Entrepreneurial Pathways) Talks are held monthly on the third Thursday of every month.

  • Learn from and network with underrepresented minority role models in the entrepreneurial community
  • While addressing key topics in entrepreneurship, guest speakers will share success stories and the power that failure also has to fuel success, if you harness it

Contact [email protected] for more information.

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i4 Resources

Resources are available to help Current Fellows and Alumni pursue entrepreneurial pathways. Contact [email protected] for more information.

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Dr. Talmesha Richards
Principal Manager of Innovation Relationships

Jamila Khan

Principal Manager of Innovation Programs


“I participated in the Regional I-Corps Program at Cornell for designing a cook stove that can potentially be used in parts of developing countries with limited energy access for cooking. The program has helped me realize that to have a successful business, it is important to find a fit between the proposed technology or idea and the customer needs. Attending the GEM i4 workshop was very helpful for me to be proactive when the I-Corps opportunity came on my way. “
Firehiwot Gurara
Cornell University
2019 GEM Fellow
“In Summer 2020, I began participating in the various GEM i4 activities such as the Entrepreneur Workshops, the Voices from the Field Panels, and Office Hours. During these events, I was able to connect with different GEM Fellows and Alumni who helped me look at my research through an entrepreneurial lens. I recommend GEM i4 to any fellows interested in entrepreneurship.”
Cameron Lewis
Howard University
2019 GEM Fellow

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