The I-Corps curriculum provides real-world, hands-on, immersive learning about what it takes to successfully transfer knowledge into products and processes that benefit society. It's not about how to write a research paper, business plan, or NSF proposal. The end result is not a publication or a deck of slides or even a scientific discovery.
Instead the entire I-Corps Team will be engaged with industry; talking to customers, partners, and competitors; and encountering the chaos and uncertainty of creating successful innovations. Getting out of the laboratory/university is what the effort is about.
This curriculum requires full participation from the entire I-Corps Team. (Each team member must commit to in-depth preparation, attendance at the lectures and workshops, and at least 15 additional hours per week for Customer Discovery.
The I-Corps curriculum is built on a special, accelerated version of Stanford University's Lean LaunchPad course (ENGR 245) and additional elements designed just for I-Corps grantees. All I-Corps Team members will be required to attend a kick-off workshop at an I-Corps Node (Stanford University, Georgia Tech or the University of Michigan), to join a series of web-based lectures *, and to present their business pitches at a meeting of I-Corps grantees. All I-Corps Team members also are expected to invest significant effort in their projects outside of the university/laboratory environment.
Participation in the I-Corps curriculum is mandatory.
Important Curriculum Dates and Times:
October 15-17: introductory workshop (location TBA)
October 27, November 3, 10, 17, December 1 (Mondays, 1-4 p.m. Eastern): web-based discussions
December 11-12: lessons learned (location TBA)
October 20-22: introductory workshop (location TBA)
October 29, November 5, 12, 19, December 3 (Wednesdays, 1-4 p.m. Eastern): web-based discussions
December 15-16: lessons learned (location TBA)
January 12-14: introductory workshop (location TBA)
January 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17 (Tuesdays, 1-4 p.m. Eastern): web-based discussions
February 23-24: lessons learned (location TBA)
February 2-4: introductory workshop (location TBA)
February 11, 18, 25, March 4, 11 (Wednesdays, 1-4 p.m. Eastern): web-based discussions
March 16-17: lessons learned (location TBA)
To see the related E245 course description, syllabus and previous final presentations, visit Stanford's E245 course website.
* Tech requirements for weekly, web-based lectures are:
- Processor >2 GHz with latest Windows or Mac OS
- Connection speed greater than 700 kb/sec
- Installed video camera