NSF I-Corps

The Sustainable Microgrids Partnership (SMP) team was accepted to the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps program’s summer 2020 cohort. The team worked with UW-Madison’s Discovery to Product to explore energy resilience technologies for various critical infrastructure applications like home health care, communication services, and critical businesses. The team conducted over 100 conversations in about 7 weeks talking to different stakeholders in this space to understand research translation to help solve problems in the real world. The goal of these interviews was to better understand the landscape and identify the pain-points for various stakeholders and entities in the health care and energy resilience space. 

Broadly, the team interviewed:

  1. Individuals working at home health care agencies, companies, hospitals, medical equipment manufacturers
  2. Individuals working at emergency response and preparedness agencies at city/state/national level
  3. Individuals and families that use electricity-dependent home medical devices
  4. Individuals and families that have experienced outages
  5. Businesses that can be severely affected by electricity outages – communication, manufacturing, food & medicine storage, and retail
  6. Solar installers, battery manufacturers, microgrid developers

I-Corps Team

Ashray Manur
I-Corps Entrepreneurial Lead
Post-doctoral Research Associate

Aimee Arnoldussen
I-Corps Industrial Mentor
Innovation and Commercialization Specialist
Discovery to Product, UW-Madison

Maitreyee Marathe
I-Corps Co-Entrepreneurial Lead
Graduate Student

Prof. Giri Venkataramanan
I-Corps Technical Lead