NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Site Program
The purpose of an I-Corps Site is to nurture and support multiple, local teams to transition their ideas, devices, processes or other intellectual activities into the marketplace.
The I-Corps Site entrepreneurial education program is based on the I-Corps curriculum with experiential, collaborative learning and uses the Business Model Canvas with the Lean LaunchPad methodology.
The objectives are to: (1) Enhance entrepreneurial activities and training experiences for undergraduate and graduate students; (2) Expand training opportunities available to post docs, faculty, underrepresented groups; (3) Increase the number of teams entering the NSF I-Corps program and other programs; and (4) Transition more activities to commercialization. Teams will be recruited from existing and new entrepreneurial student and faculty activities, course projects, research, and participants in local and regional venture competitions and entrepreneurship events.
The I-Corps Site will be a catalyst and morale booster to create a critical mass of innovators and entrepreneurs to establish more technology hubs, increase the state economic base, and engage civic leaders and other stakeholders. It will be a bridge for collaboration with state wide economic development and startup communities. Participants are not required to have previous experience in business or entrepreneurship in order to be accepted into the I-Corps Site Program.
All current undergraduate and graduate students, doctoral students, post-doctoral researchers, alumni, administrative staff, faculty and community/regional individuals are eligible to apply as an Entrepreneurial Lead (EL). Teams consist of at least 3 people: Academic Lead (AL), Entrepreneurial Lead (EL), and Mentor (M). Application submission deadline for Cohort 3 is August 23 at noon.
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