Building a strong, innovation-based economy takes diverse people working together for common goals and benefits. Arrowhead Innovation Network (AIN) was created with the support of a substantial grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s i6 Challenge program, an initiative that aims to increase technology commercialization, startup businesses, jobs, and economic growth. The network brings together a closely connected group of partners: inventors, researchers, entrepreneurs, investors, and economic development specialists, to build a pipeline for moving new technologies to market and creating a vibrant regional innovation ecosystem.
One of the most compelling elements of AIN-related programming is Launch, Arrowhead Center’s proof of concept program, which speeds the transfer of technologies from campus to commercial venues. By providing researchers with business mentoring, market analyses, demonstration-validation services, and access to investment networks, Launch allows work on technological innovation and commercialization to occur on multiple fronts. The Launch model greatly reduces the time it takes for an invention or innovation to move from university laboratory and development settings to markets.