Creating an I-Corps Team

The I-Corps team will consist of three roles:

  1. Principal Investigator (PI)
  2. Entrepreneurial Lead (EL)
  3. I-Corps Mentor

Principal Investigator

The PI will be responsible for overall grant management. There is no specified limit on the number of Principal Investigators (PI). A PI may submit more than one I-Corps proposal during each submission window.

Entrepreneurial Lead

The EL can be comprised of one or more of faculty member, Resident, Post-Doctoral scholar, graduate or other student. Each member on the EL team should have relevant knowledge of the technology and a deep commitment to investigate the commercial landscape surrounding the innovation. The EL team should also be capable and have the will to support the transition of the technology, should the I-Corps project demonstrate the potential for commercial viability. The approach to develop the technology disposition will be a structured hypothesis/validation approach. The EL team will be responsible for proceeding along a content-guided path to develop, over the course of the 12-week grant, a final technology disposition plan. We can often assist in helping you identify an EL team if you do not have one identified.

I-Corps Mentor

The I-Corps Mentor will be an experienced or emerging entrepreneur with proximity to the institution and experience in transitioning technology to commercialization. The I-Corps Mentor will be responsible for guiding the team forward and tracking progress through regular communication with the Cognizant NSF I-Corps site director. The mentor is not paid for going through the program, but could become part of the venture if all parties so desire. We will assign you a suitable Mentor.

I-Corps Workshop Dates



Session 1:

Understanding customer need

Session 2:

Customer discovery workshop

Session 3:

Understanding customer needs & defining product requirement

Session 4:

IP fundamentals

Session 5:

Market validation

Session 6:

Capital acquisition & venture strategies

Session 7:

Pathways to market & revenue models

Session 8:

Regulatory Strategy

Session 9:

Review session & Team Reports

Session 10:

Review session & Team Reports

All Workshops from 5:30-7:00pm
Dinner & Networking: 5:00-5:30pm