Annual Report 2022

2022 impacts


Individuals trained in regional programs


Teams trained in regional programs


Teams accepted to national I-Corps program


Mentors and instructors engaged


Of mentors and instructors were women


In follow-on funding for I-Corps teams' entrepreneurial ventures

Success stories


Yidian Liu


Princeton University team PolyGone, formerly Project Plastics, developed a water treatment filter designed to remove microplastics from global water supplies. The team went on to participate in the national I-Corps Teams program.

“We were able to get in touch with our market, and find out what their pain points are so we could design our technology to address them. It was a great way to validate both our technology and our team as experts in the field.” 

-Yidian Liu, Princeton University

Fledgling Foundry

Rowan University team Fledgling Foundry is developing a virtual reality educational experience to teach people trade skills such as leatherworking, metalworking, textiles, and other “exotic” skills that are useful for practical and creative endeavors, such as cosplay.

“Thanks to the I-Corps program I grew my skills as an entrepreneur, communicator, and person. I’m very excited to see what future opportunities in my research I have to ‘get out of the building’ again.”

-Garrett Williams, Rowan University

Garrett Williams
Mustafa Yousef

Low-power resistive random access memory

A New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) I-Corps team has developed a new memory device structure that could enable faster data processing, higher storage capacity, and reduced power consumption for applications such as laptops, cell phones, data centers and cars. The team is exploring the further development of their technology, an improved version of resistive random access memory (RRAM), and is considering applying to the national I-Corps Teams program as a next step.

“I-Corps was our first step toward finding potential customers. It was very rewarding, and we learned a lot from the teaching team such as how to approach a potential customer and how to conduct an interview.”

-Mustafa Yousef, NJIT

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