NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Site
The Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Site at Arizona State University provides training, coaching and financial support to faculty and student efforts to transition university research into the marketplace and to become successful I-Corps Teams. The site is a partnership among the ASU colleges and institutes, the technology transfer office and the local entrepreneurial ecosystem, funded by the National Science Foundation.
This I-Corps Site combines resources, infrastructure and training to support teams across the four ASU campuses to advance technology concepts into the marketplace. It focuses on building the innovation capacity of ASU, while contributing to the regional and national economy through technology commercialization and the development of the next generation of innovators.
In addition, implementation of the site includes systematic evaluation of opportunities to adapt and augment the I-Corps model to promote the inclusion and recruitment of underrepresented populations. ASU encourages and supports recruitment of veteran, women and underrepresented minority participants in the program.
ASU NSF I-Corps Site: Five-Week Training Program
What: Registered teams will go through a full remote five-week I-Corps training, which is an assumption/hypothesis-testing, customer-focused discovery process to gather important insights needed to maximize the impact of an Innovation. I-Corps affiliated teams who complete the training may be eligible to receive a $2K grant through the ASU NSF I-Corps Site. High performing teams could be in a position to gain acceptance into the National I-Corps Program, which provides $50K+ grants for continued customer discovery efforts.
Who: I-Corps teams have three primary members: the entrepreneurial lead (EL), the technical lead (TL), and the I-Corps mentor (IM). All three members of the team are expected to participate fully in the I-Corps training, which provides real-world, hands-on, immersive learning about what it takes to successfully transfer knowledge into products and processes that benefit society.
When: Weekly, every Friday over five weeks with next round of 2021 dates to be announced, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. MST
Full Fall 2020 workshop schedule with topics and times displayed in expected participant time zones as example:
Where: Virtually via Zoom. Details will be shared with all accepted participants in advance of the first session.