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.
NSF I-Corps Biennial Reports
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 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.
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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.