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.


I-Corps by the Numbers, 2012-2020*

5,800 individuals trained
1,900+ Teams trained
50 states & Puerto Rico
1,280 universities, colleges, institutions and organizations represented

Resulting in:
1,000+ startups
$760+ million follow-on funding raised (since program inception)

*The data was pulled in September 2020 by VentureWell with funding records sourced from These data consists of all the cohorts as well as teams that have completed the NSF I-Corps program between FY 2012 (the inception of the program) and FY 2020.

Program Pages, FAQs & Factsheets
Teams Solicitation, Teams FAQ, Hubs and Teams Postcard (PDF, 642 KB)

Learn more about how to sign in and submit an I-Corps Executive Summary.

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.

VentureWell guides and facilitates the National Innovation Network by connecting hundreds of NSF-funded researchers to a national pipeline of collaborators, mentors and partners, and providing them with cutting-edge tools and educational resources to form successful startups and commercialize their products.

Read course material, success stories and more about the National Innovation Network on the VentureWell website.

Further Reading

  • 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.