Bay Area NSF I-Corps Bay Area Training Now Accepting 2nd Round Applications Through Thursday September 5th, 2013

Top entrepreneurship faculty from UC Berkeley, UCSF and Stanford University and investors from the Bay Area are pleased to offer free National Science Foundation-supported Innovation Corps (I-Corps) trainings in the Bay Area this Fall. If you have a new science, technology or business model innovation and would like to explore if there is an opportunity to create a startup from it, this program could be for you. The first round of applications is already in with a strong group of teams.

I-Corps teams participate in a 7-week intensive entrepreneurship training program that uses a combination of in-person and online training and coaching from UC Berkeley, UCSF and Stanford University Faculty and Bay Area investors. The I-Corps Teams course goals are:

  • To gain a clear go/no-go decision regarding viability of a product or service based on a new technology or business model innovation by focusing on Customer Development and the search for a scalable business model over the course of the program
  • Development of a transition plan should the decision be to move the effort forward
  • Creation of a technology demonstration for potential partners

Over 100 teams have already been trained and have advanced their startup idea through this program. To learn more about the exciting results achieved by prior participants, watch the videos under the “More Videos” section at the bottom of this page: http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/i-corps/resources.jsp

More information on the course content and a sample syllabus is available here: http://nciia.org/i-corps/

Applications are being accepted now through Thursday, September 5th at 11:59pm PST. Apply here.

Training for Healthcare-Focused Teams

UCSF will be providing training specifically for healthcare-focused teams in a class led by Steve Blank. The training dates for that program are Tuesday nights from 6:00-9:00pm from October 1 –December 10, 2013 at the UCSF Mission Bay Campus. For more information on the training, visit the website.