I-Corps Site Program

Are you interested in taking your innovative idea, technology, or processes commercial?   Husky Innovate hosts I-Corps NSF regular cohorts each semester that are designed to help participants advance their research ideas toward additional funding or outside adoption.

Entrepreneurially minded graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, staff, alumni and local community teams are invited to join the I-Corps Michigan Tech Site Program’s Lean Startup fall cohort.

The site program offered through Michigan Tech is structured around the lean startup teaching methods and principles used by NSF's National I-Corps Program.  The purpose of the NSF funded I-Corps Site Program is to foster entrepreneurship that will lead to the commercialization of technology and to develop team readiness for the teams going on to the I-Corps National I-Corps program.

Michigan Tech and affiliate institution teams who complete the five week workshop and customer discovery process are eligible for the following opportunities:

  • $2,500 mini-grant for continued customer discovery and prototyping
  • NSF's National I-Corps program which includes $50,000 in funding and additional training

Participation in the workshop can lead to qualification for research and other funding from several granting agencies, including the NSF I-Corps and SBIR/STTR/PFI programs and various state and regional programs. Past participants have reported that they saved time and money by better understanding potential applications of their technology, experienced improved engagement with teams, and improved their ability to receive add-on funding.