by Husky Innovate, Pavlis Honors College
Are you interested in taking your idea, technology or process commercial? Entrepreneurially minded faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students, alumni and local community members are invited to attend the Great Lakes Region Hub National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps Program offered through Husky Innovate at Michigan Tech.
The NSF I-Corps lean startup program spans six weeks. Using the scientific process, customer discovery and the business model canvas, teams will work to validate key business hypotheses and develop a business model.
Upon completion of the workshop and the customer discovery interviews (30), you or your team may be eligible for a mini grant of up to $1,000. Funds may be reimbursed for customer discovery interview expenses.
Teams who complete the program may become eligible for the NSF I-Corps National Teams program and a $50,000 grant.
Participation in the workshop can lead to qualification for research and other funding from several granting agencies, including Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs and various state and regional programs.
Past participants have reported that they saved time and money by better understanding potential applications of their technology, experienced improved engagement with teams and improved their ability to receive add-on funding.
Our spring cohort will meet virtually on the following dates:
- Monday, Jan. 23
- Monday, Jan. 30
- Monday, Feb. 13
- Monday, Feb. 20
To participate, please register for the program by Jan. 20. After registration, a Zoom link will be sent via a Google Calendar invite.