TAKE YOUR RESEARCH FROM THE LAB TO THE MARKETPLACE
I-Corps is a National Science Foundation (NSF) program designed to help researchers and scientists transition their projects from the lab to the marketplace.
The short course curriculum introduces participants to the Business Model Canvas, a template used by start-up companies to assess whether there’s a product-market fit. In short, does the product fill an unmet need in the market, and is there enough demand for it?
We are one of 86 I-Corps sites around the nation and one of six in New York. These locations are designed not just to host short-course programs but serve as a one-stop-shop for mentorship, resources and networking opportunities for budding teams. The Binghamton I-Corps is located downtown in the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator, a high-tech startup space geared towards small business development.
Those who complete the short course are eligible for up to $3,000 in grant funding from the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnership to perform additional customer discovery on their projects or to cover prototyping expenses. And teams that exhibit a relatively polished business model during the short course program are encouraged to apply to be part of the NSF’s national cohort.