The I-Corps training is focused on helping early-stage teams who have a fundamental technology, engineering, or business model innovation learn how search for a scalable business model through the Customer Discovery process. Teams are typically composed of three members: the technical lead (hacker), the entrepreneurial lead (hustler) and the mentor (entrepreneurial experience).
There are two types of I-Corps training, both based on our National Faculty Director, Steve Blank’s Lean Startup methods.
Immersive Short Course
-7 days (three 3-4 hour sessions, four days for customer discovery interviews)
-held online (Mon-Wed-Mon)
-15 customer interviews required (minimum)
-successful completion + instructor recommendation qualify teams to apply for the National Course
APPLY for the next Immersive Short Course starting November 30, 2020 @ online via Zoom. Applications due November 13, apply here.
2020 planned start dates:
2021 planned start dates:
National Course (for current NSF grantees or Immersive Short Course completion + recommendation)
-$50k non-dilutive grants for customer discovery activities
-rotating application process, courses available throughout the year
-in-person bootcamps (3 & 2 days) @ beginning/end of sessions
-videoconference for 5 bi-weekly sessions between bootcamps
-more info & schedule here: I-Corps Curriculum
Benefits of both courses include learning techniques for using Customer Discovery and the Customer Development process to rapidly evaluate the business potential of technologies and ideas. Teams should reach a go/no go decision by the end of either course. Course structures also facilitate personal connections to the faculty, mentors and other team members in the program.
UCB PhD Eric Munsing shares his experience with NSF I-Corps training here.