Application Information

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.

Three templates (Biosketches for each team member, Business Model Canvas, and Budget) need to accompany your application, so look them over and complete before applying.

Teams will be selected in a 2 round application process. The first round is reviewing the online application (1st Cohort application is due Due April 1, 2016) submitted to the I-Corps Site. The second round is accomplished through a panel review where qualified applicants will be invited to an interview with members of the selection committee. Final admission will be announced April 5.

I-Corps is intended for teams (at least 3 people) 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 20 interviews with potential customers and record insights using a frame work called the Business Model Canvas and a digital Tool (Lean LaunchPad). Each team will receive a minigrant of $3000 as a National Science Foundation (NSF) award for their participation in the program. The minigrant 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.

2017-2018 I-Corps

Site Schedule

(4 week Training Sessions)

  Missouri S&T I-Corps Schedule

Cohort 5: September 5-26, 2017

Cohort 6: Feb 6-27, 2018

 St. Louis I-Corps Schedule

Cohort 1: July 5-25, 2017 St. Louis (TechShop)
Wednesdays 6-9 pm

Truman State University I-Corps Schedule

Cohort 1: Sept 14- Oct 5
Thursdays 4-7 pm

  MU-Columbia I-Corps Schedule

Cohort 3: Oct 26-Nov 16
Thursdays 3-6 pm

  For more information on the Missouri S&T and St. Louis cohort dates, please contact Misty House, housem@mst.edu

For more information on the MU-Columbia cohort dates, please contact Sandra Marin,  RuizS@umsystem.edu

For more information on the Truman State University cohort dates, please contact Anastasia Tiedemann, atiedemann@kirksvillecity.com

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
  • Software
  • Mobile Applications
  • Website Platforms
  • Mathematics

 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 20 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 of 20 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:

  • Business Model Canvas
  • Budget
  • 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:

Biosketch Template

All participants will receive the following special benefits:

  • $3,000 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