Launch Pad for Entrepreneurs

Program Overview

The Discovery Launchpad at NRRI helps startups and new business initiatives commercialize game-changing technologies to solve global resource challenges. 

What We Do

Consistent with a similar program on the UMN Twin Cities campus and through partnering with regional organizations, the Discovery Launchpad provides hands-on leadership to entrepreneurs on topics such as:

  • Commercialization strategy and commercialization gap analysis
  • Business model creation using Business Model Canvas tools
  • Value proposition and voice of customer (utilizing MIN-Corp tools)
  • Company formation
  • Market feasibility and analysis
  • Marketing and sales plans
  • Financial planning and funding options (e.g. Discovery Capital)
  • Building the team
  • Business processes
  • Technology readiness
  • Intellectual property
  • Product definition, feasibility, prototyping, and development
  • IT and Ops Systems
  • Regulatory processes

Who We Help

  • Applicants are either UMN Faculty and Staff or
  • Minnesota entrepreneurs or
  • New business initiatives from established companies or
  • NRRI clients with a focus on natural resource technologies and that need help with commercialization challenges

How We Do It

After assessing the needs of each opportunity, the Discovery Launchpad will recommend a training and support program that includes connecting entrepreneurs with advisors, consultants, resources, and physical space. 

Where Are We Located

The Discovery Launchpad is hosted by NRRI Duluth. 

Our Partners


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Director of Partnership Development

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