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I-Corp - NSF Innovation Corps

I-Corps Curriculum

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 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:

Spring 2016

Cohort I

March 30-April 1: introductory workshop

April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5 (Thursdays, 1-4 p.m. Eastern): web-based discussions

May 12-13: lessons learned


Cohort II

April 4-6: introductory workshop

April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9 (Mondays, 1-4 p.m. Eastern): web-based discussions

May 16-17: lessons learned


Cohort III

April 11-13: introductory workshop

April 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17 (Tuesdays, 1-4 p.m. Eastern): web-based discussions

May 23-24: lessons learned

Cohort IV

April 18-20: introductory workshop

April 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25 (Wednesdays 1-4 p.m. Eastern): web-based discussions

June 2-3: lessons learned

Summer 2016

Cohort I

July 6-8: introductory workshop

July 14, 21, 28, August 4, 11 (Thursdays, 1-4 p.m. Eastern): web-based discussions

August 18-19: lessons learned


Cohort II

July 18-20: introductory workshop

July 26, August 2, 9, 16, 23 (Tuesdays, 1-4 p.m. Eastern): web-based discussions

August 29-30: lessons learned


Cohort III

July 18-20: introductory workshop

July 25, August 1, 8, 15, 22 (Mondays, 1-4 p.m. Eastern): web-based discussions

August 29-30: lessons learned


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
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