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 the building” and learn from potential customers. The goal is to determine if they are solving a real-world problem with a sizeable 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 <<

 

Cornell University

October 26th – November 18th, 2020 
Course opens online on Monday, October 19, 2020

Binghamton University

November 2nd – November 23rd, 2020

Weill Cornell Medicine

Coming January 2021

University of Pittsburgh

Coming February 2021

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Coming Spring 2021

University of Rochester (Digital Medicine)

Coming Spring 2021

University at Buffalo

October 5th – October 28th, 2020

University of Rochester

October 19th – November 11th, 2020

How it works

The virtual regional course is 3.5 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 week, 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 2017-2020, we led:

76

regional courses at

16

different universities to over

800

participants

Recent Courses

Binghamton University

Sept. 16 – Oct. 7, 2020

West Virginia University

Sept. 9 – Oct. 2, 2020

Cornell Tech

August 31 – Sept. 23, 2020

RIT

August 25 – Sept. 15, 2020

Drexel University

August 10 – Sept. 2, 2020

Cornell University

July 20 – August 12, 2020

RIT

July 7 – 28, 2020

Binghamton Univ.

May 21- June 18, 2020

RIT (NTID)

May 19 – June 23, 2020

Cornell University (Comm. Fellows)

March 17 – 26, 2020

Cornell University

February 28 – March 13, 2020

University of Rochester

February 21 – March 6, 2020

Binghamton University

February 7 – 29, 2020

WVU Institute of Technology

February 7 – 22, 2020

West Virginia University

January 31 – February 15, 2020

Cornell University (CTL)

January 30 – February 12, 2020

Drexel University

January 24 – February 7, 2020

Cornell (W.E. Cornell & BET)

January 24 – February 7, 2020

[email protected] AFBF Conference

January 17 – 19, 2020

Cornell University

January 10 – 24, 2020

Weill Cornell Medicine

December 6 – 20, 2019

Binghamton University

November 1 – 23, 2019

University of Rochester

October 25 – November 8, 2019

SUNY Albany

October 18 – Nov 1, 2019

Syracuse University

October 11 – 25, 2019

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