Propelus I-Corps hosted by UConn: Quantum/Photonics theme

Apply by September 16
Sep 16, 2024


Event Description

This is the main Accelerate UConn program, and will be quantum/photonics themed:

In the rapidly evolving field of quantum technology, there are many applications of this technology emerging, each focusing on different aspects of quantum science and engineering. Products, services, and technologies in the following areas will take priority in selection for this cohort: quantum computing, software and algorithms, sensing and metrology, detectors/sensors, encryption, optoelectronics, spectroscopy and imaging, and data processing.

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. 

The application deadline for this cohort will be September 16th, 2024.

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Accelerate UConn - Propelus (Previously Phase 1)

Date & Time:Topics:
Thursday, October 10, 2024
9:30am – 12:30pm
Virtual via Zoom

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, October 17, 2024
9:30am – 12:30pm
Virtual via Zoom

Webinar #1:

  • Team Presentations: Business Model Canvas
  • Seminar: Market Size and Feasibility
Thursday, October 24, 2024
9:30am – 12:30pm
Virtual via Zoom

Webinar #2:

  • Team Presentations: Market Size
  • Seminar: Distribution Channels
Thursday, October 31, 2024
9:30am – 12:30pm
Virtual via Zoom

Finale Webinar:

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