Attend an I-Corps Regional Course

NSF I-Corps Regional Courses are for university researchers and early-stage startup founders who are interested in exploring the market potential of their work and learning entrepreneurial skills.

In the I-Corps regional course, STEM researchers and aspiring entrepreneurs “get out of their comfort zone” and learn from potential customers. The goal is to determine if they are solving a real-world problem with a sizable market opportunity. In addition to entrepreneurial training, this program helps researchers identify new ways to apply their research to solve real-life challenges.

Upcoming Regional Courses

 

>> Regional I-Corps courses will be virtual until further notice <<

 

Weill Cornell Medical College

December 22,  2021 – January 26, 2022

University of Rochester

October 11 – November 10, 2021

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

October 25 – November 24, 2021

*Applications accepted on a rolling basis. If space remains, the last day to submit is the Thursday before a class opens.

How it works

The virtual regional course is 4.5 weeks long. It combines self-directed online learning activities, with six Zoom-based class meetings (1-2 hours long), and two 1:1 instructor check ins (15-20 minutes). Teams of 1-3 people can apply. Eight to ten teams are selected per class. Teams aim to conduct 30 customer discovery interviews.

During the first two weeks, teams learn how to:

  1. Identify their target customer segments
  2. Develop hypotheses about the value proposition they offer each customer segment
  3. Find and effectively interview potential customers about their problems/needs

Over the following two and a half weeks, teams conduct 30 customer discovery interviews by video or phone conference, and join two check in calls with instructors to share progress and receive coaching.

In the final class, teams present their findings, receive more coaching, learn about other local entrepreneurship programs, and receive information about applying for the national I-Corps Teams program, and SBIR/STTR grants.

From 2017-2021, we led:

103

regional courses at

20

different universities to over

735

teams

Recent Courses

SUNY Binghamton

Sept. 21 – Oct. 21, 2021

WVU

Sept. 20 – Oct. 20, 2021

Cornell

Sept. 3 – Oct. 6, 2021

GEM Fellows

July 31 – Aug 28, 2021

SUNY Buffalo

July 2 – August 4, 2021

WVU

May 28 – June 30, 2021

Cornell

May 28 – June 30, 2021

U of Rochester

May 3 – June 3, 2021

Pitt

April 19 – May 19, 2021

SUNY Binghamton

March 24 – April 15, 2021

RPI

March 8 – April 8, 2021

Cornell

March 8 – April 7, 2021

WVU

Feb. 1 – March 3, 2021

Cornell WE/BET

Jan 25 – Feb. 19, 2021

SUNY Binghamton

Dec. 28, 2020 – Jan. 28, 2021

Weill Cornell

Dec. 28, 2020 – Jan. 28, 2021

RPI

Dec. 21, 2020 – Jan. 20, 2021

SUNY Binghamton

Nov 2 – Nov 23, 2020

Cornell

Oct. 26 – Nov. 18, 2020

U of Rochester

Oct 19, – Nov 11, 2020

SUNY Buffalo

Oct. 5 – Oct. 28, 2020

SUNY Binghamton

Sept. 16 – Oct. 7, 2020

WVU

Sept. 9 – Oct. 2, 2020

Cornell Tech

Aug. 31 – Sept. 23, 2020

RIT

Aug. 25 – Sept. 15, 2020

Drexel

Aug. 10 – Sept. 2, 2020

Cornell

July 20 – Aug. 12, 2020

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