To apply for the Missouri S&T I-Corps Program, please fill out the online application.
The Site training is typically a 4-week program. Some Affiliate Site programs are 5 weeks. The S&T Site Program runs 4 and 16 week programs.
Teams will be selected after reviewing the online application. The program coordinator will notify you concerning acceptance and provide information on pre-work and resources used in the course.
I-Corps is intended for teams working on early stage ideas. Previous business experience or having a fully functioning prototype is not required in order to apply for the program You don’t even need to know if you want to be an entrepreneur. However, you do need one idea to test. Your idea might come from your research, studies, or a pet project. It might be a new product, an educational software, an app, or a material to help treat cancer. The most important thing is that you have a willingness to learn, work hard, and try something new. Learn more about who can apply and team composition.
The Missouri University of Science & Technology Site program will support teams through customer discovery and commercialization associated with an idea or technology. The program teaches entrepreneurial skills to teams of faculty, students, staff, alumni, and regional teams and focuses on developing potential I-Corps Teams for the National I-Corps program. The program typically lasts for 4 weeks. Teams will attend in-class sessions where they will receive instruction and mentorship. Out-of-class work will focus on gaining a better understanding of customers and testing assumptions. Teams will conduct a minimum of 28 interviews with potential customers and record insights using a frame work called the Business Model Canvas and a digital Tool (LaunchBoard). Each eligible team will receive a microgrant as a National Science Foundation (NSF) award for their participation in the program. The microgrant will be used for customer discovery, program educational materials and/or purchasing prototype materials.
The I-Corps program runs multiple cohorts throughout the Fall and Spring semesters. A training program in the summer may be offered depending on demand. A limited number of teams will be accepted into each cohort. Business experience is not required to apply, though teams are expected to have an early-stage idea, research, or technology that qualifies as a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) project.
2018 I-Corps Site Upcoming Schedule
(4 week Training Sessions/ 1 night per week)
STL/UMSL@CIC Cohort 4:
Oct. 2-23, 2018
Tues. 4-6 pm
Kansas City Cohort 3:
October 3-24, 2018
Wed. 4-7 pm
Columbia Cohort 5:
Oct 4-25, 2018
Thurs. 4-7 pm
For more information, please contact Misty House, firstname.lastname@example.org
All current undergraduate and graduate students, doctoral students, post-doctoral researchers, alumni, administrative staff, and faculty are eligible to apply as an Entrepreneurial Lead (EL). Academic Leads (AL) must be University of Missouri System faculty members. Applicants must find a faculty member to agree to serve as an Academic Lead for the program. Academic Leads serve as advisors for the technical aspects of the team's idea. If you do not have a mentor, one will be assigned to you.
Proposed ventures/technology areas:
- Any field of Engineering
- Physical Sciences
- Life Sciences and Ag
- Mobile Applications
- Website Platforms
Applications will be evaluated on:
- Team and commitment
- Intellectual property strength
- Technology strength
- Commercial potential and applications
- Fit with I-Corps Site program
Students may only apply ONCE per Cohort. Students may only be on ONE team per Cohort.
Teams must spend their Grant Awards in the specified time (spending window) by each Cohort. Teams must determine the dates they plan to spend the Grant Award and apply to the corresponding Cohort. The Selection Committee may defer acceptance to a later Cohort.
Participants in the Missouri S&T I-Corps Site will be expected to commit at least 3 - 5 hours per person per week to market learning, customer discovery and other commercialization-focused activities. Therefore, it is important that the participants are interested in gaining new knowledge from the program, and not just receiving the I-Corps Site grant funding.
Once accepted, participants will be required to attend a kickoff event and pre-training, EL, AL and Mentor meetings during the semester. The end of the program will culminate in a final lessons learned presentation where participants will show how their business ideas have developed over the course of the training program.
Participants will also be expected to schedule regular meetings with their assigned Mentors and/or Teaching Team throughout the semester.
Each cohorts runs for 4 weeks. During this time, participants are expected to dedicate an average of 3-5 hours per week to the following program activities and requirements:
- Attend Four Classroom Sessions: Each member of an I-Corps team is required to attend four 3-hour sessions. These sessions consist of lectures, team presentations, and guest speakers. In addition, these sessions provide time to foster team discussion, group work, and networking with other cohort members, speakers, and mentors.
- Complete Homework Assignments: To prepare for each classroom session, participants are expected to complete video and some reading assignments in order to become more familiar with entrepreneurial topics discussed in class.
- Conduct Interviews: In order to better understand the commercial potential of their ideas, teams will test their assumptions by conducting interviews with industry experts and potential “customers.” Outside of class, each team will conduct a minimum set by each affiliate of in-person interviews over the course of the eight (or four)-week program. Participants are not expected to have any prior experience in conducting interviews. All participants will be trained and learn best practices for how to conduct stakeholder interviews as part of the I-Corps Site program.
Completed applications are to be submitted online at http://i-corps.mst.edu/ no later than noon on Monday before start of each cohort. Applicants must submit the following documents with their application:
- Biosketch from each team member
Please use the provided templates from the Templates section below.
Please use the following template when submitting your online application:
All participants will receive the following special benefits:
- Minigrant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Funding can be used for:
- Prototyping materials
- Defray the travel costs of entrepreneurial interviews/customer discovery
- Attend conferences or trade shows
- Purchase educational materials for program
Funding may not be used to pay for business services (i.e., legal, accounting, etc.), to purchase electronic equipment or to pay third party service providers. The I-corps Site selection team will work with participants to identify appropriate uses of program funding.
- Receive designation as an NSF-funded project, leading to further opportunities for training and funding though the NSF’s National I-Corps team program ($50,000 grant). Non-university-based teams will need to include at least one team member based at a university for grant administration purposes.
- Instruction and entrepreneurial education delivered by world-class faculty and staff from the Missouri S&T College of Engineering and the Department of Economics and our other partner institutions.
- Individualized mentorship and coaching, access to resources, and training.
- Opportunity to see the real world impacts of your research and technology.
- Gain an appreciation for what it takes to commercialize technology and barriers to adoption.
- Discover a market for your technology that you had not previously considered.
- Expand your network as you have priceless contact with teachers, investors customers and inventors.
- Ability to identify increased commercial potential for your technologies by using the Business Model Canvas methodology.
- Increased probability of grant success.
- Increased visibility within your institution.
- Save years and money by accelerating your understanding.
- Contribute to an innovation ecosystem that will change the future of the State of Missouri and the Midwest