Transform your discovery into tomorrow's innovation
The National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) program helps researchers gain valuable insight into what it takes to start a company based on scientific and technological discoveries.
I-Corps empowers researchers (faculty, postdoctoral scholars, graduate and undergraduate students) to evaluate their discoveries for the potential to address societal and business needs.
Participants in the program learn about the entrepreneurial pathway through discussions with mentors, industry scientists and potential customers.
Since 2011, NSF I-Corps™ programs at universities throughout the nation have provided thousands of academic researchers with training, skills and connections to help researchers explore entrepreneurship, starting a business, and industry requirements and challenges.
The I-Corps training curriculum is based on the Lean LaunchPad approach, developed at Stanford University, which involves talking to potential customers, partners and competitors to discover the challenges inherent in creating successful innovations.
The I-Corps environment is fast-paced and rigorous. Courses are taught by experienced entrepreneurs who push, challenge and question the participants to explore whether their technologies are suitable for commercialization.
Are you up to the challenge? Visit our Engage page to learn how to apply.