The Yale Accelerator for Innovation Development (Y-AID) is a new program, developed and run by the Office of Cooperative Research (OCR). This program is designed to help technologies in the earliest stages of development advance toward commercialization. Coming out of this work, we expect you will have a clear, actionable road map – with time frames, milestones and resource requirements – that can serve as a stepping stone toward seed stage funding. (And as an added benefit, this work will provide strong market-based support for SBIR/STTR applications.)
Y-AID builds off Lean Startup and I-Corp methodologies developed by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH). With a customer-driven focus throughout, the Accelerator will push you to understand key business considerations like market segmentation, the competitive landscape, adoption hurdles, and the metrics of value perception (financial and otherwise). OCR will help you form a multi-disciplinary team, comprised of techincal and business leads paired with external mentors, and guide you through an effective customer discovery process.