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I-Corps™ Curriculum and Resources

The NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) curriculum is built on a special, accelerated version of Stanford University's Lean LaunchPad course with 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 time and effort in their projects outside of the university/laboratory environment.

I-Corps National Innovation Network

Map of National Innovation Network

I-Corps by the Numbers, 2011-2018*

59 cohort trainings
1,223 teams
3,931 individuals trained
248 universities represented
47 States and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico

Resulting in:
583 startup companies
$300M follow-on funding raised
6 startups acquisitions

*This data was pulled in June 2018 by Venture Well.

I-Corps Data Summary, Fiscal Years 2017-2018*

1172 individuals trained
21% of participants are women **
28% of participants are from underrepresented groups ***

*This data was pulled in June 2018 by Venture Well.
** Number of individuals who identify as gender female that are currently participating/have completed the NSF I-Corps program in the 2017 and 2018 calendar years.
*** Number of individuals from underrepresented groups in science and engineering that are currently participating/have completed the NSF I-Corps program in the 2017 and 2018 calendar years as defined in the Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering Report (NSF 17-310). Individual who identify as: 1) women, 2) race as Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, and/or Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, 3) Hispanic origin of yes, and/or 4) disability status of yes.

Program Pages, FAQs & Factsheets

Teams Solicitation, Teams FAQ and Teams Postcard (PDF, 642 KB)

Sites Solicitation

Nodes Solicitation

VentureWell

VentureWell guides and facilitates the National Innovation Network by connecting hundreds of NSF-funded researchers from I-Corps Teams, I-Corps Nodes, and I-Corps Sites to a national pipeline of collaborators, mentors and partners, and providing them with cutting-edge tools and educational resources to form successful startups and commercialize their products.

Read course material, success stories and more about the National Innovation Network on the VentureWell website.

Further Reading

Blank, Steven. The Four Steps to the Epiphany. 2005. Steve Blank's book provides step-by-step strategy for any new company or product, including organizing sales, marketing, and product development.

Blank, Steven and Bob Dorf. The Startup Owner's Manual. 2012. This books takes companies through each stage of the customer development process.