The NASA Academy is a custom program built by FedTech in which researchers at NASA centers are given the tools to maximize the potential of their commercial inventions. Following an entrepreneurial track, NASA researchers are encouraged to better interact with potential stakeholders of their invention, so as to best guide their research and development.
Researchers are taught how to identify potential stakeholders, conduct customer discovery interviews, analyze the results of these interviews, and then apply the analysis to their day-to-day work. In doing so, NASA researchers are better equipped to bring their product to a point in which it is ready to be commercialized. Additionally, FedTech highlights the business end of the process, in discussing seed-funding, venture capital, and licensing with the researchers, so to best position their invention to enter the market.