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I-Corp - NSF Innovation Corps

I-Corps Curriculum

The I-Corps curriculum provides real-world, hands-on, immersive learning about what it takes to successfully transfer knowledge into products and processes that benefit society. It's not about how to write a research paper, business plan, or NSF proposal. The end result is not a publication or a deck of slides or even a scientific discovery.

Instead the entire I-Corps Team will be engaged with industry; talking to customers, partners, and competitors; and encountering the chaos and uncertainty of creating successful innovations. Getting out of the laboratory/university is what the effort is about.

This curriculum requires full participation from the entire I-Corps Team. (Each team member must commit to in-depth preparation, attendance at the lectures and workshops, and at least 15 additional hours per week for Customer Discovery.

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

Participation in the I-Corps curriculum is mandatory.

Important Curriculum Dates and Times:

Spring 2017 - (Fiscal Year 2017, Q3)

Spring Cohort I

Course: Course: March (Arrive 28th) 29-31

On-Line: Thursdays 1-4 Eastern - April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4

Lessons Learned: May (Arrive 10th) 11-12


Spring Cohort II

Course: April (Arrive 2nd) 3-5

On-Line: Mondays 1-4 Eastern - April 10, 17, 24, May 1,8

Lessons Learned: May (Arrive 14th) 15-16


Spring Cohort III (UNAVAILABLE)

Course: April (Arrive 18th) 19-21

On-Line: Wednesdays 1-4 Eastern - April 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24

Lessons Learned: May (Arrive 31st) June 1-2


Spring Cohort IV

Course: April (Arrive 23rd) 24-26

On-Line: Tuesdays 1-4 Eastern - May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Lessons Learned: June (Arrive 4th) 5-6


Summer 2017 - (Fiscal Year 2017, Q4)

Summer Cohort I

Course: July (Arrive 9th) 10-12

On-Line: Mondays 1-4 Eastern - July 17, 24, 31, Aug 7, 14

Lessons Learned: August (Arrive 20th) 21-22


Summer Cohort II

Course: July (Arrive 16th) 17-19

On-Line: Tuesdays 1-4 Eastern - July 25, Aug 1, 8, 15, 22

Lessons Learned: August (Arrive 27th) 28-29


Summer Cohort III

Course: July (Arrive 25th) 26-28

On-Line: Wednesdays 1-4 Eastern - Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Lessons Learned: September (Arrive 6th) Sept 7-8


Summer Cohort IV

Course: July (Arrive 30th) 30-Aug 2

On-Line: Thursdays 1-4 Eastern - August 10, 17, 24, 31, Sep 7

Lessons Learned: September (Arrive 13th) September 14-15


Fall 2017 - (Fiscal Year 2018, Q1)


Fall Cohort I

Kickoff (on-site): October (arrive 17th) October 18-20

Web sessions (online): Tuesdays 1-4 ET - October 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21

Lessons Learned (on-site): November (arrive 29th) November 30 - December 1


Fall Cohort II

Kickoff (on-site): October (arrive 22nd) 23-25

Web sessions (online): Mondays 1-4 ET - October 30, November 6, 13, 20, 27

Lessons Learned (on-site): December (arrive 3rd) December 4-5



* Tech requirements for weekly, web-based lectures are:

  • Processor >2 GHz with latest Windows or Mac OS
  • Connection speed greater than 700 kb/sec
  • Installed video camera
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