TAKE YOUR RESEARCH FROM THE LAB TO THE MARKETPLACE
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Innovation Binghamton I-Corps Site
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) is an experiential program designed for university researchers and early-stage startup founders interested in learning entrepreneurial skills and exploring the market potential of their work, inventions, and innovations.
The program comprises two phases: the local Customer Discovery Short Course hosted by Binghamton University and the national-level Teams Program hosted by NSF.
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“The first step is understanding who exactly is your customer and what they value”
Customer Discovery Short Course
The short course is designed to take teams on a journey of discovering who may be their customers and what value they are looking for. Teams will learn about business models using the Lean Launchpad methodology in a series of workshops. The 3-week Short Course provides:
- 2 half-day “kick off” workshops and a half-day “closing” workshop
- Weekly 90-minute online sessions
- Opportunity for teams to conduct 20 customer discovery interviews
- $3000 funding
NSF Teams Program
Upon completion of the local Short Course, participants are eligible to apply for the NSF I Corps Team National program. Through I-Corps, NSF grantees learn to identify valuable product opportunities that can emerge from their innovative ideas and to build a business model using evidence-based lean startup methodology.
- Intensive 7-week national cohort for top teams from across the US
- $50,000 to do 100+ customer discovery interviews anywhere you need to go
- Personalized instruction and team mentoring from successful entrepreneurs
Questions? Contact Olga Petrova
Program Director Tony Frontera