Our programs

Novus - learn the basics

Novus is a half-day program followed by self-paced coursework that introduces participants to I-Corps methodology for charting the path to startup or entrepreneurial venture.

Who is it for?

Researchers, scientists and engineers who have an idea, a technology, or curiosity are welcome to participate. Novus is open to individuals or teams of university researchers, regional tech entrepreneurs, and anyone interested in exploring the world of innovation. 

You will learn to:

  • Articulate your hypotheses about customer needs that your tech could address.
  • Understand who the users, payors, and decision makers are in your customer ecosystem.
  • Test your hypotheses via conversations with potential customers.

Attend to learn the basics of how to test your business idea and how to win a $3,000 grant from the Northeast I-Corps Hub.

Registration is free and open to individuals as well as teams.

Check our Events page for upcoming dates.

Propelus - begin your journey

Propelus is a four-week program designed for research teams to explore how your discovery can help potential customers and meet industry needs as a startup or venture.  

Who is it for?

University researchers, scientists, engineers and their team members, including postdoctoral researchers and graduate students, who work as a team to translate their discovery or technology into a startup or venture.

You will learn the I-Corps Methodology, which includes: 

  • Developing your Business Model – specifically Value Propositions and Customer Segments.
  • Testing your business model hypotheses by talking to potential customers.
  • Identifying which market or industry is the best first one to enter.

Participants receive a $3,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant and have the opportunity to advance to the National I-Corps program where they may receive a $50,000 NSF grant.

Check our Engage page for details about how to form a team and apply here.