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I-Corp - NSF Innovation Corps


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NSF Strategic Plan
NSF's Strategic Plan for FY 2011 to 2016 focuses on empowering the nation through discovery and innovation. The plan describes NSF's role in a changing landscape, mission and core values, vision and goals, and long-term investment priorities, and lays out steps to translate the plan into action.

I-Corps Teams Factsheet (PDF, 638 KB)

I-Corps Sites Factsheet (PDF, 357 KB)

I-Corps Nodes Factsheet (PDF, 595 KB)

News Release on I-Corps Launch (July 28, 2011)

News Release on First Round of I-Corps Teams Awards (October 6, 2011)

News Release on Second Round of I-Corps Teams Awards (March 19, 2012)

All I-Corps Teams Awards

News Release on I-Corps Nodes (HTML; PDF, 956 KB) (July 18, 2012)

News Release on I-Corps Commemoration (July 20, 2012)

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.

July 18, 2012, webcast of the NSF Innovation Corps Anniversary Showcase with an introduction by Dr. Tom Peterson, Assistant Director of NSF's Directorate for Engineering.
Credit: National Science Foundation
More videos

Video Montage: Introducing several I-Corps Teams and their projects.

I-Corps Impacts: Team members briefly describe the I-Corps experience.

I-Corps Alumni Perspectives: Team members describe their I-Corps experiences, including their interactions with fellow team members and with their I-Corps peers, what mistakes they made, and what they will do next.

I-Corps in Their Own Words: Team members describe the surprising things they learned from participating in I-Corps.

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