Are you interested in taking your idea, technology or process commercial? Entrepreneurially minded faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students, alumni and local community teams are invited to attend the Great Lakes Region Hub National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps Program hosted by 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 scalable 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 for continued customer discovery.
Teams who complete the program may become eligible for the NSF I-Corps National Team 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 and improved their ability to receive add-on funding.
Our spring cohort will meet online via Zoom on the following dates:
- Monday, Jan. 23 — Workshop No. 1: Kickoff, 4-7 p.m.
- Monday, Jan. 30 — Workshop No. 2, 4-6 p.m.
- Monday, Feb. 6 — No meeting, continue customer discovery, meet with your mentor
- Monday, Feb. 13 — Workshop No. 3, 4-6 p.m.
- Monday, Feb. 20 — No meeting, continue customer discovery, meet with your mentor
- Monday, Feb. 27 — Workshop No. 4: Wrap-Up, 4-7 p.m.
Register using the Spring 2023 Michigan Tech I-Corps
By Husky Innovate, Pavlis Honors College.