Attend a 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 field researchers and student entrepreneurs learn how to “get out of the building” and learn from potential customers. Their goal is to determine if they are solving a real-world problem with a sizeable market opportunity. In addition to providing entrepreneurial training, this program helps researchers identify new ways to apply their current or future research to solve real-life challenges.

Upcoming Regional Courses

 

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

 

Cornell Tech

August 31st- September 23rd, 2020

West Virginia University

September 7th- September 30th, 2020

Cornell University

October 6 – October 29, 2020

Drexel University

August 10th- September 2nd, 2020

Cornell University

July 20th- August 12th, 2020

How it works

NSF I-Corps Regional Courses are for university researchers in STEM fields, student entrepreneurs, and early-stage startup founders who are interested in exploring the market potential of a deep technology innovation they’ve been working on, and learning entrepreneurial skills.

Participants learn how to “get out of the lab” and talk to potential customers. The goal is to determine if they are solving a real-world problem with a sizeable market opportunity. In addition to providing entrepreneurial training, this program helps researchers identify new ways to apply their current or future research to solve real-life challenges.

The course is 3.5 weeks long and includes a set of self-directed online learning activities, six class meetings (1-2 hours long), and two 1:1 instructor check ins (15-20 minutes), all conducted on Zoom. Teams of 1-3 people can apply. Eight to ten teams will be selected per class. Each team is expected to conduct 30 customer discovery interviews.

During the first week, teams learn how to:

  1. Identify their top 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 subsequent 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 more information about applying for the national I-Corps Teams program, and SBIR/STTR grants.

From 2017-2019, we led:

56

regional courses at

16

different universities to over

500

participants

Recent Courses

Rochester Institute of Technology

July 7 – 28, 2020

Cornell University

May 28 – June 18, 2020

Binghamton University

May 21 – June 18, 2020

RIT NTID (National Technical Institute of the Deaf)

May 19 – June 23, 2020

Cornell University (Commercialization 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

West Virginia University – Institute of Technology

February 7 – 22, 2020

West Virginia University

January 31 – February 15, 2020

Cornell University (Center for Technology Licensing)

January 30 – February 12, 2020

Drexel University

January 24 – February 7, 2020

Cornell University (W.E. & BET cohorts)

January 24 – February 7, 2020

AgCorps – Austin, TX @ 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

Cornell University

October 4 – 18, 2019

West Virginia University

September 20 – October 5, 2019

Cornell University & Ithaca College

September 20 – October 4, 2019

Cornell Tech (NYC)

September 13 – 27, 2019

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