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 by the Numbers, 2012-2018*
63 cohort trainings
3,745 individuals trained - including entrepreneurial lead, principal investigators, and industrial mentors
271 universities, institutes, and colleges represented
47 States and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico
644 startup companies
$301M follow-on funding raised
6 startups acquisitions
*The data was pulled in November 2018 by Venture Well, and consists of all the cohorts as well as teams that have completed the NSF I-Corps program between FY 2012 (the inception of the program) and FY 2018.
I-Corps Data Summary, Fiscal Years 2017-2018*
25 cohort trainings
1626 individuals trained - including entrepreneurial lead, principal investigators, and industrial mentors
21% of participants are women (counting all participants--entrepreneurial lead, principal investigators, and industrial mentors)**
28% of participants are from underrepresented groups (counting all participants)***
* The data was pulled in November 2018 by Venture Well, and consists of all the cohorts as well as teams that have completed the NSF I-Corps program between FY 2017 and FY 2018.
** Number of individuals who identify as gender female that have completed the NSF I-Corps program in fiscal years 2017 and 2018.
*** Number of individuals from underrepresented groups in science and engineering that have completed the NSF I-Corps program in fiscal years 2017 and 2018 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.
NSF I-Corps Biennial Report
Read the 2019 NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) biennial report for information on the program’s efficacy, including metrics on the effectiveness of the program and metrics from each federal science agency participating in the I-Corps program. As directed by the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (P.L. 114-329), the NSF is required to issue an I-Corps report every two years.
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- 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.