Novus at Rutgers-Health

Introductory training/workshop/networking kickoff to begin shifting the mindset from the science & technology to the people who benefit!
Jun 4, 2024, 9:00 am1:00 pm
Rutgers-Health, Medical Sciences Building, B619. 185 South Orange Ave, Newark, NJ


Event Description

A Networking Lunch will be provided, so please RSVP by Wednesday, May 29th.

Learn about the impact your research or innovation could have in solving real-world problems by attending our Novus I-Corps Program at Rutgers-Health, a half-day introduction to I-Corps, co-hosted by Rutgers iJOBS, Office of Postdoctoral Advancement, Rutgers Office for Research, and the NSF I-Corps Northeast Hub.

The Novus I-Corps Program at Rutgers-Health provides an opportunity for individuals and teams with innovations to:

  • Shift the mindset from science and technology to the people who would benefit
  • Understand how Customer Discovery drives innovation (and gets you out of the building!)
  • Meet local leaders in NSF I-Corps and Rutgers Office for Research to guide your journey
  • Learn tips for success from an I-Corps Alumni Panel sharing their experience
  • Network with innovation-minded individuals to help form teams or guide your next steps

Who Should Attend: (Individuals and teams from any campus are invited)

  • Rutgers University faculty, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, undergraduates, and alumni who are developing a scientific discovery or technical innovation.
  • Individuals, including community innovators & local entrepreneurs, who want to learn how innovation happens at the Rutgers University and potentially join a team.
  • Student Organization / Program Leaders who want to learn more about how I-Corps can benefit their members.
  • Potential Mentors looking to get involved in supporting Rutgers startups


  • TRAINING: Three-hour training introducing the I-Corps Lean LaunchPad approach to evaluating technologies through customer-discovery research, focused on identifying the technology’s potential for development in a startup or other venture.
  • NETWORKING: Build relationships with local I-Corps program leaders to get guidance and support. Individuals can form teams to be eligible to apply for the Regional I-Corps program.
  • PREPARATION: Attendees will be prepared to begin a journey of Customer Discovery with their own team or with a team they newly created.
  • FOLLOW-ON OPPORTUNITIES: Attendees can be fast-tracked to an upcoming 4-week regional I-Corps Program and have access to a $3,000 NSF grant to do Customer Discovery. Teams who complete 20+ interviews after Novus can become eligible to apply for the $50k National I-Corps Teams program.

For teams of 2+ with an innovation who want to explore its commercial potential, applications are open for the Rutgers Propelus I-Corps Program:

  • Rutgers Propelus I-Corps dates (hybrid cohort): May 23, 30, June 6, 20, 2024 from 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET (Thursday morning schedule)
  • Rutgers Propelus Application Deadline: April 21, 2024