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 <<

 

University of Pittsburgh

April 19 – May 19, 2021

University of Rochester (Digital Health)

May 3 – June 2, 2021

Cornell University

May 31 – June 30, 2021

West Virginia University

May 31 – June 30, 2021

Cornell University

March 8 – April 7, 2021

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

March 8 – April 7, 2021

Binghamton University

March 24 – April 15, 2021

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 2017-2020, we led:

76

regional courses at

16

different universities to over

800

participants

Recent Courses

West Virginia University

Feb. 1 – March 3, 2021

Cornell University (WE Cornell & BET)

Jan 25 – Feb. 19, 2021

Binghamton University

Dec. 28, 2020 – Jan. 28, 2021

Weill Cornell

Dec. 28, 2020 – Jan. 28, 2021

RPI

Dec. 21, 2020 – Jan. 20, 2021

Binghamton University

Nov 2 – Nov 23, 2020

Cornell University

Oct. 26 – Nov. 18, 2020

University of Rochester

Oct 19, – Nov 11, 2020

University at Buffalo

Oct. 5 – Oct. 28, 2020

Binghamton University

Sept. 16 – Oct. 7, 2020

West Virginia University

Sept. 9 – Oct. 2, 2020

Cornell Tech

Aug. 31 – Sept. 23, 2020

RIT

Aug. 25 – Sept. 15, 2020

Drexel University

Aug. 10 – Sept. 2, 2020

Cornell University

July 20 – Aug. 12, 2020

RIT

July 7 – 28, 2020

Binghamton University

May 21- June 18, 2020

RIT (NTID)

May 19 – June 23, 2020

Cornell University (Comm. Fellows)

March 17 – 26, 2020

Cornell University

Feb. 28 – March 13, 2020

University of Rochester

Feb. 21 – March 6, 2020

Binghamton University

February 7 – 29, 2020

WVU Institute of Technology

February 7 – 22, 2020

West Virginia University

Jan. 31 – Feb. 15, 2020

Cornell University (CTL)

Jan. 30 – Feb. 12, 2020

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