Transition your technology from the lab to the marketplace.
The I-Corps program is an initiative developed by the National Science Foundation (NSF) that teaches researchers and innovators how to evaluate a technology or idea for the marketplace. An important goal of the I-Corps program is to encourage technical entrepreneurship and teach teams how to think about commercialization.
The I-Corps Site Program at University at Buffalo provides resources to teams in the form of:
In this program, teams will get out of the laboratory/university and engage in conversations with a variety of people connected to the deployment and use of the technology, product or service.
The program may assist you in:
Most of all, you will walk away with knowledge of how to assess the commercial viability of any new technical advancement.
I-Corps is ideal for a technology or idea in alignment with what the NSF typically funds as part of its mission, however is open to all technology areas.
I-Corps is perfect for:
It is strongly encouraged that participants apply to this program as a team of at least two people and no more than four. A typical team consists of at least one scientific or technological expert (scientific leader) who is responsible for the team's idea and at least one student, alumni, staff or post-doctoral fellow interested in conducting entrepreneurial research and directing group efforts. The entrepreneurial leader does not need to have business experience, but is committed to leading or organizing team activities during the I-Corps Site.
Each I-Corps team attends a kickoff session, two training sessions and a final presentation session. In between sessions, team members are expected to meet with mentor and/or teaching team as well as committing several hours per week to market research, customer discovery and other commercialization- focused activities. The program culminates in a presentation by each team on how business ideas have developed throughout the program as a result of obtaining 25+ customer discovery interviews.
The program has been a tremendous success giving technical experts a valuable and entirely different professional experience on their path to commercialize their technological triumphs.
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