The not-for-profit Innovation Accelerator Foundation, Inc., (IAF) was created by Innovation Accelerator, based in Omaha, Nebraska, as a platform to provide additional tools to empower entrepreneurs and innovators seeking to promote their innovations.
IAF has several programs, the most established of which is the iBridgeSM Network, which is a project begun by the Kauffman Foundation and spun out to IAF. IAF is currently in the process of bringing significant upgrades in functionality to the iBridge Network. The official announcement of Innovation Accelerator Foundation's adoption of the iBridge Network will be made in Omaha, Nebraska on January 30, 2013.
The iBridge Network
Linking Ideas to Innovation
The iBridge Network, a program of the non-profit Innovation Accelerator Foundation, Inc., provides researchers and entrepreneurs access to innovations developed by universities and research organizations to encourage further advances and next-generation products. The Network aggregates research materials, technologies, and discoveries in an online, easy-to-search forum - iBridge Web site.
- Users browse research or use the search tools to quickly and accurately find research related to specific topics. Users can request more information, subscribe to searches, follow innovations, and share details of innovations through Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter etc...
- Users contact universities directly about the assets or, if the Universities have enabled eCommerce, they can purchase and license the product right from the site.
- Existing university data management systems as Inteum Company LLC, and Knowledge Sharing Systems can be easily intergrated, allowing innovations to reach a global audience without additional uploading.
- Universities post their research using an online form or a "plug and play" integration with existing data-base tools, enabling them to post more research.