I-Corps Site Program

The next I-Corps Site workshop will be in August 2017. You can apply here. If you will be unable to attend in August, we are offering on demand workshops as needed. If interested, email Mary Raber, mraber@mtu.edu. We will do our best to accommodate your schedule.

The primary goal of the I-Corps program developed by the National Science Foundation is to foster entrepreneurship that will lead to the commercialization of technology. The site program offered through Michigan Tech will be structured around the same Lean LaunchPad teaching methods and principles used by NSF's National I-Corps Program.

Michigan Tech’s I-Corps Site is geared toward developing potential I-Corps Teams for the National I-Corps program and providing an entrepreneurial program for graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, staff, alumni and local community teams to complete together to help them achieve their business potential.

The first and most important goal of I-Corps Sites is to encourage technical entrepreneurship and teach faculty and students how to think about commercialization. Teams should have clearly defined goals and expectations for how the program can help develop and commercialize their idea.

Our I-Corps Site program provides infrastructure, advice, resources, networking opportunities, training, and modest funding (awards of $1,000 – $3,000 per team) to enable teams to transition their work into the marketplace or into becoming National I-Corps Team applicants. With the support and mentorship of the Site, the teams will learn first-hand about entrepreneurship and explore the transition of their ideas, devices, processes or other intellectual activities into the marketplace.

Upon completion of the I-Corps Site Program, participants are eligible to apply for the National I-Corps program (an intensive 6-week NSF training with the opportunity to be awarded a $50,000 grant) as well as many other funding opportunities. Non-university-based teams will need to include at least one team member based at a university for grant administration purposes.

“Even though I have been working in coal combustion for over thirty years I was very surprised to discover the market for our bio-coal product was in a different segment than what I had originally envisioned. Without participation in I-Corps we would have seriously misjudged the market for our technology.”

Michigan Tech Professor Ezra-Bar Ziv
Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics