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
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.
Program Pages, FAQs & Factsheets
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.
VentureWell guides and facilitates the National Innovation Network by connecting hundreds of NSF-funded researchers 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.
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.