Take your great idea from the lab to the marketplace

Why Participate in I-Corps?

The I-Corps curriculum is based on real-world, hands-on, immersive learning that involves finding customers and understanding their problems in order to achieve a product/market fit. Participants are expected to engage with other teams and share with the class what they learn each week—constructive feedback to other classmates is expected.

I-Corps participants benefit from invaluable insight and opportunities, which include:

FUNDING

Receive funding up to $2,200 that can be used for travel and customer discovery expenses.

NETWORKING

Access mentorship, regional venture funding, incubators, and support
via our entrepreneurial network

GROWING

Dramatically increase your success rate for other commercialization funding opportunities like SBIR, CAI, NSF, and POP Grants

ACCELERATING

Become eligible to apply to the NSF National I-Corps program ($50,000 grant award)

Leading campus innovators through an immersive learning process to discover their product's place in the market.

At the End of Four Weeks, Teams Will:

Learn key concepts of the lean startup methodology

Interview at least 30 potential customers or end users

Accelerate understanding of the market landscape

Jump start commercialization activities

Improve other commercialization funding prospects

Reach a go or no-go decision for your project

Apply Today

I-Corps is offered three times per calendar year, meeting once a week for four weeks. The classes include regular homework assignments, and participants are expected to dedicate an average of five-to-six hours per week outside of the classroom.

We are now accepting applications for our Spring 2020 session. In light of the Covid-19 crisis, we are adapting and offering our I-Corps session online. Please sign up for our orientation here. Zoom Webinar information will be e-mailed to you.

 

Spring 2020 Application Link: Here 

Please make sure you have signed up for the mandatory orientation**.  If you are unable to make orientation, please e-mail us and we can set up an alternative meeting. 

Schedule for Spring 2020

Spring 2020

Date Start End
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 Orientation 4:00 PM 5:00 PM
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 Course 1 4:00 PM 7:00 PM
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 Course 2 4:00 PM 7:00 PM
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 Course 3 4:00 PM 7:00 PM
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 Course 4 4:00 PM 7:00 PM

**Dates may change subject to room availability

Orientation (mandatory)

Orientation (mandatory)

April 8, 2020 | 4PM – 5PM
Venture Cove C or ONLINE

Applications Due

Applications Due

April 17, 2020 | Apply Online Using Apply Today Section

Course 1

Course 1

May 6, 2020 | 4PM – 7PM
Location TBD

Course 2

Course 2

May 13, 2020 | 4PM – 7PM
Venture Cove C

Course 3

Course 3

May 20, 2020 | 4PM – 7PM
Venture Cove B

Course 4

Course 4

May 27, 2020 | 4PM – 7PM
Location TBD

Eligibility

Program Commitment
Attend one orientation session (see Dates and Deadlines).
Attend four mandatory classes and complete homework assignments.

Project Type
Be in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) discipline.
Originate from student work, research (funded or unfunded), institutional, or industrial projects.

Team Composition
All UCI graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty, and recent alumni are eligible to apply. It is required that participants apply to this program as a team of at least two people. We do not recommend that teams apply with more than four participants.

Teams are typically comprised of:

Entrepreneurial Lead (EL): A postdoctoral scholar or graduate student with relevant knowledge of the technology and a deep commitment to investigate the commercial landscape surrounding the innovation.

Academic Lead (AL): An employee of UCI with an academic appointment with a strong passion to see his/her invention commercialized. The PI is responsible for overall grant management and assisting the entrepreneurial lead with program assignments.
**If you are unable to identify an Academic Lead, another student/postdoc or technological expert can be replaced as the “scientific leader”.

Mentor (M): an individual with previous entrepreneurial or business experience who serves as the principal guide and tracks the team’s progress.
**If you are unable to identify a Mentor before coming into the program, we will help you identify one.

For exceptions to the team composition, please email icorps@uci.edu.

FAQ

Is the orientation mandatory?
Yes, orientation will cover many important concepts that is useful for completing your pre-course assignments and homework.

What if I don’t have a mentor?
You are still eligible to apply if you are unable to find an industry mentor! We will do our best to match you with an appropriate mentor.

I don’t have previous business experience, can I still apply?
Participants are not required to have previous experience in business or entrepreneurship to be accepted, just enthusiasm to learn!

How many teams are selected for each round?
10 teams per session. If you were not accepted for this session, we encourage you to reapply for the following cohort.

Contacts

We are happy to meet you and answer any other questions you may have. Please email us at icorps@uci.edu.

Doug Crawford

Senior Licensing Officer

doug.crawford@uci.edu

Sophia Lin, Ph.D.

Research Translation Specialist

sophia.lin@uci.edu