Innovation Scholars

Curious about how new ideas make it to the market? Are you interested in working on a team of students to analyze a new product, innovation, or idea in development in medicine or health care? Apply for Innovation Scholars! 

Innovation Scholars programming provides outstanding liberal arts students from Minnesota’s private colleges and universities the unique opportunity to engage in the business development processes of new medical innovations in real time.  Programs broaden interdisciplinary learning opportunities by exploring innovations at the intersection of science, business, medicine and entrepreneurship.  Multidisciplinary teams of four undergraduate students led by MBA student team leaders work in a hybrid format (mix of virtual and in-person) to complete team projects identified by Mayo Clinic and early-stage medical companies focusing on challenges associated with commercialization of innovations, products, and ideas.  Teams present their findings in the form of business plans, presentations, or specific deliverables requested by participating start-up medical companies or Mayo Clinic.   

Innovation Scholars will be comprised of teams of four students, working on projects originating from Mayo Clinic (Mayo Innovation Scholars Program - MISP) and teams working on projects from an array of early-stage medical companies (Innovation Partners - IP).  All participating students, faculty and staff will sign a common Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) to protect the intellectual property of their assigned medical company or Mayo Clinic.  

Once our team is selected, students receive an overview of their assigned program, review roles, responsibilities, best practices, and meet with their team as well as their Mayo project manager or Company contact at Orientation in late October.  Teamwork (a mix of virtual and in-person) will occur between October and March with an expectation of approximately 150-160 hours of work per student with all projects to be completed by early March 2022 for formal presentations to Mayo project managers and inventors/Company contacts and leadership.   

Eligibility & Application Process | Fall 2021 Application - Due September 22 at 11:59pm