Got an idea?
NSF I-Corps™ training is the first step in the Path-to-Market for your product. This hands-on workshop series will guide you through the process of product development using the Lean Startup Methodology and with the help of a mentor. Participants will learn how to validate their ideas for the market, how to pitch their ideas to investors, and how to work with mentors to create an investor presentation.
Admitted projects will receive $1,000 in NSF Seed Funding for market validation and for building a prototype.
Objectives of the Program:
Validate the market potential for the idea
Effectively communicate the value of your idea to investors and partners
Learn the basics of entrepreneurship and commercialization
Work with seasoned mentors
Funding to develop prototype or customer validation
Develop your network
IGE runs the NSF I-Corps™ program 3 times a year. The cohort consists of 4 sessions over 3-4 weeks and generally held on Thursday evenings. In between classes, the teams are expected to meet with their mentors and conduct customer interviews. The NSF I-Corps™ curriculum is based on real-world, hands-on, immersive learning that involves finding customers and understanding their problems in order to achieve a product/market fit. Participants are expected to engage with other teams and share with the class what they learn each week—constructive feedback to other classmates is expected.
By the end of the four-week training program, teams will:
Learn key concepts of the lean startup methodology
Accelerate understanding of the market landscape
Interview at least 40 potential customers or end users
We are currently accepting applications for NSF I-Corps™ Spring 2021 Cohort.
Application Deadline: October 1, 2021
The cohort of NSF I-CorpsTM runs:
I-Corps Week 1 - October 12, 2021
I-Corps Week 2 - October 19, 2021
I-Corps Week 3 - October 26, 2021
I-Corps Week 4 - November 2, 2021
I-Corps Week 5 - November 8, 2021 (Monday)
The cohort will run for 4 consecutive weeks, Tuesdays 5:30 - 8:30 pm via Zoom.