August Immersive Short Course Roundup

Another month, another awesome Immersive Short!!

Instructor Whitney Hischier led a group of standouts including a Cyclotron Road accelerator participant (Polyspectra) as well as a Haas Startup Marketplace participant from UCB Energy Biosciences (Zimitech).

Teams completed 15-20 interviews during the one week course. Armed with their new skills and info, all are moving forward!

Nelumbo (condensation-resistant coating) gained some excellent insights from potential customer during the week, most notably that manufactures wanted pre-coated parts, not an aftermarket coating.

Lens.io, an augmented reality contact lens that pushes text notifications directly to a user’s field of view, also discovered some interesting learnings as they explored both military and non-uses for their technology.

Other teams, such as Care Byte, had substantial pivots. Their original focus was to use their anti-fraud software for phones to detect, alert and deter telescams for seniors. After a number of interviews, though, they pivoted to focusing on an entirely different customer segment.

Such is the beauty of the Immersive Short Course—high intensity insights that happen in days, not months!

Stay tuned for a report on our upcoming cohort starting September 26. We’ll open up applications for the late October cohort on 10/1.

To learn more about both the NSF I-Corps Immersive Short course as well as full Lean Startup instruction (along with a $50k grant) via the National NSF I-Corps program, click here.