• Aleks Giga, USC Viterbi
  • Fernando Zapatero, USC Marshall 
  • Dalia Yadegar, USC Viterbi
  • Andrea Belz, USC Viterbi 

Startup Progress in Formation and Financing after I-Corps (SPIFFI) examines how academic entrepreneurs fare after the I-Corps award.  We study the teams’ ability to attract both public and private funds, as well as looking for signals of team migration.   We see that:

  • Teams are more than twice as likely to be awarded SBIR grants as the typical pool.
  • Teams do not tend to migrate systematically from their home regions, even over 5-year periods.