i6 Green Proof of Concept Center

In Fall 2011, an institute-headquartered consortium received one of six "i6 Green Challenge" grants from the Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, following merit review administered by the National Science Foundation. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provided supplemental funds, and the i6 Green grant was matched by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

Business support services offered through i6 Green included:

•    Business planning
•    Technology assessment
•    Market assessment assistance
•    Grant-writing aid -- e.g., for SBIR, STTR, and seed fund grant proposals
•    Innovation training
•    Product and service design consultation
•    Brand development
•    Innovation assessment
•    Human factors consulting
•    Referrals to the investor community
•    Chemical scale-up production in the Institute’s 30,000+ L reactor suite