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I-Corps at Drexel

National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps)

Take the lead in making an impact with your innovation.

  • You do not have to have prior or current NSF funding to participate
  • Participants do not have to reveal their technology or IP – thus can proceed independent of the intellectual property development process with university tech transfer
  • Stage-gate commercialization program; not just for those considering startups!
    • Local “Short Course” to learn about the customer discovery process and explore ways to take your innovation (including social impact innovation) to the real world
    • National “I-Corps Teams” program to validate your value proposition and target market
  • Get a $50,000 grant from NSF to go to the I-Corps Teams program
  • Dramatically increase your chances for NSF SBIR Phase I
    • ~50% win rate for those completing the I-Corps Teams cohort vs. 7-8% for the general applicant pool

Get Involved!

Register for I-Corps “Short Course” at Drexel

“Short Course” (Regional & Drexel)

  • 2-week workshops on business model and customer discovery
  • Taught by successful entrepreneurs who are NSF I-Corps certified using the Lean Launchpad methodology
  • 2 half-day sessions to “kick off’ and half-day “closing workshop”
  • Weekly 90-minute online coaching sessions
  • Conduct 30 customer discovery interviews
  • Become eligible for national I-Corps Teams program

“I-Corps Teams” (National)

  • Intensive 7-week national cohort for top teams from across the US (16 cohorts per year)
  • $50K to do 100+ customer discovery interviews anywhere you need to go
  • Personalized instruction and team mentoring from successful entrepreneurs
  • 3-day in-person “kickoff” workshop, 6 weeks to conduct interviews; 90-minute weekly report-ins, and 2-day “lessons learned” workshop
  • Decide whether to pursue commercialization
  • Identify next steps including NSF SBIR Phase I
NSF I-Corps Outcomes Since 2011
National cohort teams: 1,509
Number of startups: 790
Startups raising capital: 376
Amount raised: $456M
Exits: 4
  • 15 Drexel University teams participated in I-Corps “Short Course” in 2019 with representation from College of Engineering, College of Nursing and Health Professions, College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education and College of Medicine
  • For any questions, contact Shintaro Kaido at sk3434@drexel.edu