The diverse panelists will lead a discussion of why and how to continue to increase inclusion and diversity in the bio-innovation ecosystem. Opportunities to gain commercialization insights and build industry networks are often not available to under-represented researchers. The panelists have collaborated on an NSF I-Corps workshop designed to increase diversity of the bio-entrepreneurship ecosystem. Under-represented participants are recruited from academic institutions nationwide to participate in a 3-day workshop at the annual BIO meeting. Teams develop problem-solution-fit hypotheses and value propositions focused on specific entrepreneurial opportunities in the Life Sciences. Accompanied by experienced industry mentors, they then “get out of the building” to test their hypotheses and assumptions on the BIO convention exhibition floor. All of the participants have subsequently reported a desire to pursue biotechnology commercialization.