Attend a Short Course

NSF I-Corps Short 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 free, 2-week I-Corps short 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.

How it works

The interactive course begins with an in-person kickoff workshop (two half-days) where teams learn how to:

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

Over the next two weeks, teams work to speak with 30 potential customers. Each week they join a one-hour video conference call with instructors to check-in, share progress, and receive coaching.

The program wraps-up with an in-person workshop (half day) during which teams present their findings, get more coaching, and learn about progressing their ideas with the help of additional NSF I-Corps and other entrepreneur programming.

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Upcoming Short Courses

Cornell Biotechnology

March 13th- 27th, 2020

RIT (Access and Inclusion Technologies)

March 20th- April 3rd, 2020

Cornell Agritech (Geneva,NY)

March 20th – April 3, 2020

University of Vermont

April 3rd – April 17th, 2020

Binghamton University

April 17th – May 1, 2020

Cornell Tech – NYC

April 17th – May 1, 2020

Past Courses

West Virginia University

September 20 – October 5, 2019

Cornell Tech (NYC)

September 13 – 27, 2019

Cornell University & Ithaca College

September 20 – October 4, 2019

Cornell University

October 4 – 18, 2019

Syracuse University

October 11 – 25, 2019

SUNY Albany

October 18 – Nov 1, 2019

University of Rochester

October 25 – November 8, 2019

Binghamton University

November 1 – 23, 2019

Weill Cornell Medicine

December 6 – 20, 2019

Cornell University

January 10 – 24, 2020

AgCorps – Austin, TX @ AFBF Conference

January 17 – 19, 2020

Cornell University (W.E. & BET cohorts)

January 24 – February 7, 2020

Drexel University

January 24 – February 7, 2020

Cornell University (Center for Technology Licensing)

January 30 – February 12, 2020

West Virginia University

January 31 – February 15, 2020

West Virginia University – Institute of Technology

February 7 – 22, 2020

Hosts of Recent Short Courses

We have great partners who co-host short courses with us

Binghamton University
Syracuse University
University at Buffalo
University at Albany State University of New York
Carnegie Mellon University
University of Pittsburgh
University of Vermont
Drexel University
Cornell University
West Virginia University
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University of Rochester
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