Steve Blank’s Best Advice: Not All Startups Are The Same

One of the most consistent comments we hear from iCorps participants is, "I learned so much from the other teams." Although some cohorts have a themed vertical like the ongoing Life Sciences one at UCSF, all of the classes will inevitably have a mix of startups with varying needs--everything from regulatory requirements to customer channels.  … Continue reading Steve Blank’s Best Advice: Not All Startups Are The Same

NSF ICORPS SUCCESS STORY: EMPOWERING COMMUNITY THROUGH “GENTEFICATION”

Gentefy founder Barney Santos describes himself as “a husband, an entrepreneur, and a passionate lover of all things creative”. A serial entrepreneur who has launched four companies and consulted with dozens of startups in the for-profit and non-profit sectors, his latest venture is more than a company, it’s a movement. The movement is called Gentefication and … Continue reading NSF ICORPS SUCCESS STORY: EMPOWERING COMMUNITY THROUGH “GENTEFICATION”

How Steve Blank Weaves Entrepreneurship Into Journalism with ‘Lean LaunchPad’

iCorps Architect Steve Blank applies the Lean Startup methodology to the changing field of journalism.  The results are, as always, instructive. "For students to understand what the future of journalism is going to be, they’re going to have to invent it." - Steve Blank http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/2015/02/how-steve-blank-weaves-entrepreneurship-into-journalism-with-lean-launchpad/

NSF iCorps Success Story STEMKids: The Cobbler Gets New Shoes

Most start up stories aren’t like fairy tales—even seasoned and talented entrepreneurs can run into walls. The founders of STEMKids used the iCorps program to leap over that proverbial wall and find the right product-customer fit. “We started the company to solve problems for teachers, administrators, and parents by providing a 360 degree view of … Continue reading NSF iCorps Success Story STEMKids: The Cobbler Gets New Shoes

NSF ICORPS SUCCESS STORY: GETTING OUT OF THE BUILDING WITH PICOYUNE

What do you get when you combine two University of California at Berkeley Mechanical Engineering PhDs with an equally impressive National Science Foundation iCorps curriculum? An award winning team solving a tough environmental problem—mercury detection. During their doctoral programs at Berkeley, Jay James and Jeff Crosby discovered a better way to detect the harmful mercury … Continue reading NSF ICORPS SUCCESS STORY: GETTING OUT OF THE BUILDING WITH PICOYUNE