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I-Corp - NSF Innovation Corps


NSF Resources

NSF Strategic Plan
NSF's Strategic Plan for FY 2014 to 2018 is about Investing in Science, Engineering, and Education for the Nation's Future.

I-Corps Teams Factsheet (PDF, 638 KB)

I-Corps Sites Factsheet (PDF, 357 KB)

I-Corps Nodes Factsheet (PDF, 595 KB)

Press Coverage on I-Corps

Biotech boot camp, Nature, March 2015

Lessons from the startup world, Science, March 2016

Other Resources

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.

Constable, Giff. 12 Tips for Early Customer Development Interviews. 2010.
Learn more about how to succeed during the customer development process.

Constable, Giff. 12 Tips for Customer Development Interviews (revised). 2011.
Learn how to conduct meaningful interviews and interpret what you hear.

Kim, W. Chan and Renee Mauborgne. The Blue Ocean Strategy. 2005.
The Blue Ocean Strategy and book teach companies how to create and capture untapped markets.

Livingston, Jessica. Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days. 2007.
Through interviews with founders of famous technology companies, this book demonstrates what makes a startup successful.

National Research Council. Assessing the Impacts of Changes in the Information Technology R&D Ecosystem: Retaining Leadership in an Increasingly Global Environment. 2009.
Chapter 1 offers a useful description of the innovation ecosystem for the information technology sector.

Osterwalder, Alex, and Yves Pigneur. Business Model Generation. 2010.
This handbook teaches businesses how to create, examine, refine, and implement successful business models.

Pincus, Mark. Quick and Frequent Product Testing and Assessment. 2009.
Mark Pincus discusses the rapid product testing and assessment his company uses to gauge consumer interest and to test and improve multiple products simultaneously.

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