We’re working together to build, utilize, and sustain the national innovation ecosystem.

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.

Connect with experienced mentors

Use the Node’s network of contacts to connect with seasoned entrepreneurs, potential industry partners, and other researchers working with deep technology.

Conduct customer discovery

Learn to identify and reach out to your target market, assess their needs, and pivot your project to best serve customers.

Develop a validated business plan

Confirm your pathway for taking technology to market and demonstrate to potential funders that you’ve put your plan to the test.

2017-2019 I-Corps National Teams from the UNY Node:

80%

of teams are still pursuing their venture

40%

of teams applied for an SBIR grant

$4.1M

in capital raised

$1.45M

in SBIR grants

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Teams

I-Corps Teams—composed of academic researchers, student entrepreneurs and business mentors—participate in the curriculum via online instruction and on-site activities through Sites and Nodes.

Sites

I-Corps Sites at individual academic institutions provide infrastructure, advice, resources, networking opportunities, training and modest funding to enable groups to transition their work into the marketplace or into becoming I-Corps Team applicants. Cornell University, University of Rochester, and the Rochester Institute of Technology each have individual I-Corps Sites.

Nodes

I-Corps Nodes are designed to support regional needs for innovation education, infrastructure and research. The eight 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.

National Science Foundation (NSF)

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.

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