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


3hr sessions held Mon – Wed – Mon

15 customer interviews

Within a 1 week period


Upon completion and recommendation

APPLY for the next Immersive Short Course starting January 25, 2021  online via Zoom. Applications due January 8, 2021

Apply here

If you have any questions about the application, use the Contact Form at the bottom of the site.

2021 planned start dates:

Winter SpringSummer Fall
Jan 25Apr 12Jul 19Oct 4
Feb 22May 10Aug 16Nov 1
Mar 8 Jun 14Sep 13Nov 29

Short Course Program Team Eligibility

2-4 people

Business and Technical Lead (Mentor optional)

20 – 40 hours

Commitment during program week


Of all 3 sessions

Additionally, the team should be open to learning through the Customer Discovery process. Be willing to fail or succeed as a team and have a high tolerance of uncertainty in startups. And Describe the customer value proposition without revealing proprietary intellectual property.

National Course

for current NSF grantees or Immersive Short Course completion + recommendation)

$ 50k Grant

Non dilutive grants for customer discover activities

Flexible Cohorts

Rotating App + courses around the year

Boot camps

3 +2 day bootcamps in beginning +end of sessions

Video Sessions

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.

Case Study

UCB PhD Eric Munsing shares his experience with NSF I-Corps training here.