Year(s) In Review: Reflecting on the UNY I-Corps Node

2022 In Review - 16 regional courses, 139 startup teams, 12 teams to national i-corps, 70 instructors trained

Year(s) In Review: Reflecting on the UNY I-Corps Node

The UNY I-Corps Node is excited to share that on January 1, 2023, the Node will officially be sunsetting as we transition over to the NSF I-Corps Hub: Interior Northeast (IN I-Corps). The Hub is a $15 million, five-year commitment from the NSF to expand the nation’s geography of innovation by creating a cohesive innovation ecosystem that delivers inclusive models of education and workforce training designed for and by innovators in rural regions and small cities.

Cornell University will be the lead institution within the Hub and will support the administration of I-Corps regional courses and entrepreneurial curriculum in collaboration with nine partner institutions: Dartmouth College, Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNY Binghamton, SUNY Buffalo, Syracuse University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Rochester, University of Vermont, and West Virginia University. 

Since 2017, the UNY I-Corps Node has had the opportunity to connect with nearly 1,000 teams, host over 100 regional courses, and support startups that have gone on to raise tens of millions of dollars in capital. On behalf of the entire team at the UNY I-Corps Node, we’re extremely grateful to all partners and participants for their support and collaboration over the past six years. In 2022 alone, the Node hosted 16 regional courses for 132 teams, sent 12 teams to NSF I-Corps Teams, and trained 70 instructors across the Node and NSF National Innovation Network (NIN). 

Check out a full roundup of the Node’s impact from 2017-2022 below, and stay tuned at for the official IN I-Corps launch in January. We can’t wait to reintroduce ourselves!

6 Years of Economic Impact

Since 2017, startup teams supported by the UNY I-Corps Node have had a tremendous economic impact on their home regions, including:
$116M capital raised
$25.1M revenue generated
$15.3M sbir funding
130 new hires 

Regional Courses
912 startup teams have participated in the 117 regional courses held by the UNY I-Corps Node, with 90 of them advancing to National I-Corps Teams.

Mentors & Instructors
78 instructors were trained in the Node teaching group, and 155 have been trained in the National Innovation Network. 51 mentors have been matched with National Teams.