UB's free I-Corps Site Program gives innovators seed funding, mentoring and other resources to move technologies from the lab into customers' hands.
This NSF I-Corps Site Program offers UB inventors and entrepreneurs training and guidance to advance innovations through the commercialization pipeline. The program helps innovators clarify goals, outline business plans, and determine the market potential of their technology or idea.
This process engages innovation teams in over 20 conversations with a variety of people connected to the deployment and use of the product or service under development, and emphasizes a deep understanding of end-users. Participating teams learn to segment their markets, clearly understand the product-market fit, and gain a thorough understanding of customer needs.
This two-stage program provides teams with ~$3,000 to support travel expenses and attend national trade shows. Participating in the I-Corps Site Program provides a path into the national I-Corps network and/or prepares research discoveries for eventual SBIR/STTR application. Participants must be able to dedicate time to complete sessions, assignments and customer interviews over a seven-week period. The program offers four cohorts a year.
UB faculty members, students, research groups or others closely affiliated with a UB organization or program are eligible. They should be working on innovations that align with NSF's mission and be interested in commercialization of their technology. The program is free to apply to and there are no deadlines for proposals.