Institutional Programs

Government sponsored innovation,  invention and  technology commercialization programs that effectively connect to a broader entrepreneurial ecosystem and integrate well organized and managed mentors and industry experts can substantially improve their success.   Collaborative initiatives with universities are critical to access leading edge researchers, innovation and commercialization partners.

In our university programs, we support government-sponsored programs. For example, we are the mentorship partner for the Southwest Regional U.S. Department of Energy competition that is managed by Rice University.

Through a California Energy Commission’s research and development program, iCatalysts works with university-based entrepreneurs and inventors to help them improve the quality of their research, prototypes and demonstration projects.

In some cases, we arrange collaborations between universities, university teams and corporations to demonstrate technologies or to do joint research and development. iCatalysts ventures are from dozens of university labs including  ten of the World’s top 15 research institutions.


In writing about our mentor-based program at Rice University, Fortune Magazine credited our program with often “making difference between student project and a real life business.”

“Teams in the Rice Business Plan Competition from the World’s top universities place a very high value on the business mentoring EFN provides. We look forward to continuing to offer high quality mentorship to RBPC teams in partnership with EFN.”

Brad Burke, Managing Director, Rice University Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship

iCatalysts provides customized acceleration programs to government institutions and sponsored programs.