in capital raised
in SBIR/STTR funding awarded
in business revenue generated
new hires by startups
Data reflects economic impact of teams who have completed a national I-Corps Teams cohort, a UNY I-Corps regional course, and/or were affiliated with Cornell’s I-Corps Site.
Inventors can learn about market opportunities through I-Corps Regional Courses.
NSF I-Corps gives researchers the opportunity to combine their strong technical and scientific knowledge with an entrepreneurial mindset, with the goal of discovering new technologies that can be developed for market.
The Upstate New York I-Corps Node combines the experience of the nation’s top university R&D region with the entrepreneurial knowledge of experienced mentors and faculty. The Node acts as a hub for commercialization training in the Northeast, connecting skilled researchers to valuable resources through national and regional I-Corps programming.
I-Corps Teams is the flagship program of the NSF I-Corps initiative, offered 3 to 4 times per quarter. Top researchers from across the US apply to this intensive seven-week entrepreneurship course with mentoring and a $50,000 grant. Teams conduct 100+ customer discovery interviews to determine is there is sizeable product-market fit.
I-Corps Sites at individual academic institutions provide infrastructure, advice, resources, networking opportunities, training and modest funding to help researchers explore commercialization opportunities and prepare to become I-Corps Team applicants. Node partners Cornell, Rochester, and RIT each have I-Corps Sites.
I-Corps Nodes are designed to support regional needs for innovation education, infrastructure and research. The nine national Nodes work cooperatively to build, utilize and sustain a national innovation ecosystem that further enhances the development of technologies, products and processes that benefit society.
Starting in 2022, I-Corps Hubs will form the new operational backbone of the National Innovation Network, a network of universities, NSF-funded researchers, established entrepreneurs, local and regional entrepreneurial communities, and other federal agencies. The Hubs will work collaboratively to build and sustain a diverse and inclusive innovation ecosystem throughout the U.S. Learn more about I-Corps Hubs.
The National Science Foundation’s I-Corps initiatives empower researchers and aspiring startups to combine their technical and scientific knowledge with an entrepreneurial mindset to develop new technologies that meet a market need and benefit society.