The Bay Area NSF I-Corps Node provides 3 kinds of training:
- For teams that include recent National Science Foundation Principal Investigators: NSF Teams Program
- For early-stage science and technology-focused startup teams from the Bay Area: Bay Area I-Corps Regional Teams Program
- For early-stage life science-focused startup teams from the Bay Area: Bay Area I-Corps Regional Teams – Healthcare Program
For all programs, you must apply as a team. Your entire team must be available for all class sessions. Expect 15-20 hours per week of work per team member. You are expected to meet with 100+ customer and experts over the course of the program. You’ll watch the lectures online and do the assigned readings outside of class. The bottom line is that you’ll never learn more or improve your startup faster and you’ll be taught and mentored by leading university Faculty and Bay Area venture capitalists, but the programs are a lot of work. Please read the full solicitations including deadlines and requirements before applying.
1. National Science Foundation I-Corps Teams Program
If someone on your team has received a National Science Foundation grant in the past five years, you may be eligible to apply for the NSF Teams Program. Teams accepted into the National Program can receive up to $50,000 in grant funding over the 6 month program. The full details and solicitation is available here. The 2013 solicitation windows are:
- April 1, 2013 – June 17, 2013
- July 1, 2013 – September 16, 2013
- October 1, 2013 – December 16, 2013
The NSF holds an introductory webinar on the first Tuesday of every month at 11am Pacific Time to answer questions. You can learn more about the program and watch videos of teams that have been through it here. If you are accepted into the national program, you will be trained at one of the five national Nodes. Your training may not occur in the Bay Area.
2. Bay Area I-Corps Regional Teams Program
Teams from San Francisco Bay Area can receive free training at UC Berkeley September 30-November 15, 2013. Like the NSF Teams Program, it’s a hybrid on site and online program. Your team need not have any National Science Foundation or university affiliation. More information and the application is here.
3. Bay Area I-Corps Regional Teams – Healthcare
UCSF will be providing training specifically for healthcare-focused teams in a class led by Steve Blank. The training dates are Tuesdays 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.