Propelus I-Corps hosted by UConn

Apply by October 21
Oct 21, 2024
In person: UConn Graduate Business Learning Center (GBLC, Hartford) and online


Event Description

This is the main Accelerate UConn program. Cohorts are offered in both the fall and spring semesters. This program is four weeks in length and includes an in-person kickoff and three webinars. Teams accepted to this program are expected to complete at least 20 customer discovery interviews and will receive a stipend of $1,500 from the NSF for customer discovery purposes. 

Applications for this cohort will open on April 4th, 2024. The application deadline for this cohort will be October 21st, 2024.

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Accelerate UConn - Propelus (Previously Phase 1)

Date & Time:Topics:
Friday, November 8, 2024
9:30am – 3:30pm
In person: GBLC, Hartford

Program Kickoff:

  • Testing your assumptions using the Business Model Canvas & Customer Discovery: the importance of hypotheses and why no business plan survives first contact with customers
  • Understanding your customers and must-have value propositions: the importance of early adopters
  • Workshop: Developing testable hypotheses for customer discovery
  • Mapping your Market: customers, end users & payers
  • Workshop: interviewing customers for insights
  • Next Steps: Budgets/funding and opportunities
Thursday, November 14, 2024
3:00 – 6:00pm
Virtual via Zoom

Webinar #1:

  • Team Presentations: Business Model Canvas
  • Seminar: Market Size and Feasibility
Thursday, November 21, 2024
3:00 – 6:00pm
Virtual via Zoom

Webinar #2:

  • Team Presentations: Market Size
  • Seminar: Distribution Channels
Thursday, December 5, 2024
3:00 – 6:00pm
Virtual via Zoom

Finale Webinar:

  • Team Presentations
  • Discussion: Do you have a viable market opportunity
  • What's Next: Resources for venture development