We are transforming our campuses into high-performance S.T.E.M hubs and nodes of innovation and entrepreneurship that will have increased economic impact for the African-American community.
(Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship)
To address these challenges, we have established the HBCU S.T.E.M Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship (or I.C.E) initiative as a collaborative, enterprise-based and open source platform that will have impact at the student, faculty and institutional/community levels.
The mission of the I.C.E platform is to transform our campuses into high-performance S.T.E.M hubs and nodes of innovation and entrepreneurship that will have increased economic impact for the African-American community. The specific goals of the platform are to significantly increase the post-secondary yield of African-Americans pursuing S.T.E.M careers; to foster innovation and entrepreneurship across HBCU campuses in a manner that improves the R&D profile, commercialization activities and tech-entrepreneurship performance of HBCUs; and to connect our campuses to economically productive innovation and tech-ecosystems (e.g. Silicon Valley) around the country. Working with our HBCU partners including the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and the Association for Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), the UNCF-led ICE platform has organized leadership across HBCU campuses to address the S.T.E.M challenge and raise the performance of our campuses.