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I-Corps™ Teams

The NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Teams have three primary members: the technical lead, the entrepreneurial lead and the I-Corps mentor. All three members of the team participate fully in the I-Corps Curriculum, which provides real-world, hands-on, immersive learning about what it takes to successfully transfer knowledge into products and processes that benefit society. Approximately 20 teams will participate together in the curriculum as part of an I-Corps Cohort. Dates for upcoming cohorts are below.

The I-Corps Curriculum is not about how to write a research paper, business plan or NSF proposal. The 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 uncertainty and excitement of creating successful innovations. Getting out of the university laboratory to explore the commercial potential is what the effort is about.

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A full description of the NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Teams, I-Corps Teams proposal instructions and other essential information are available in the I-Corps Teams Solicitation, Teams FAQ and Teams factsheet (PDF, 638 KB).

I-Corps Cohorts

Fall 2017 Cohorts

Fall Cohort #1 Houston, TX
Kickoff (on-site): October (arrive 17) 18-20
Web sessions (online): Tuesdays 1-4pm ET - October 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21
Lessons Learned (on-site): November 30-December 1

Fall Cohort #2 Los Angeles, CA
Kickoff (on-site): October (arrive 22) 23-25
Web sessions (online): Mondays 1-4pm ET - October 30, November 6, 13, 20, 27
Lessons Learned (on-site): December 4-5

Winter 2018 Cohorts

Winter Cohort #1 Seattle, WA
Kickoff (on-site): January (arrive 16) 17-19
Web sessions (online): Wednesday 1-4pm ET - January 24, 31 February 7, 14, 21
Lessons Learned (on-site): March 1-2

Winter Cohort #2 Atlanta, GA
Kickoff (on-site): January (arrive 21) 22-24
Web sessions (online): Mondays 1-4pm ET - January 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26
Lessons Learned (on-site): March 5-6

Winter Cohort #3 Washington, DC
Kickoff (on-site): January (arrive 28) 29-31
Web sessions (online): Tuesdays 1-4pm ET - February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6
Lessons Learned (on-site): March 12-13

I-Corps Teams Contact

Steven Konsek, telephone: (703) 292-7021, Email: skonsek@nsf.gov