Take your great idea from the lab to the marketplace
I-Corps is a market discovery program, through UCI Applied Innovation, that leads campus innovators through an immersive learning process to discover their product’s place in the market.
Through this National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded grant program, our team of experts trains innovators to broaden the impact of basic research projects and develop effective solutions to customer problems.
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:
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:
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 Winter 2021 session. The I-Corps sessions will be held online. Please sign up for our virtual Zoom orientation here.
Winter 2021 Application Link: Here
Please make sure you have signed up for the mandatory orientation**. If you are unable to attend orientation, please e-mail us and we can set up an alternative meeting.
Schedule for Winter 2021
|Wednesday, January 20, 2021||Orientation||4:00 PM||5:00 PM|
|Wednesday, February 17, 2021||Course 1||4:00 PM||7:00 PM|
|Wednesday, February 24, 2021||Course 2||4:00 PM||7:00 PM|
|Wednesday, March 3, 2021||Course 3||4:00 PM||7:00 PM|
|Wednesday, March 10, 2021||Course 4||4:00 PM||7:00 PM|
January 20, 2021 | 4PM – 5PM
January 29, 2021 | Apply Online Using Apply Today Section
February 17, 2021 | 4PM – 7PM
February 24, 2021 | 4PM – 7PM
March 3, 2021 | 4PM – 7PM
March 10, 2021 | 4PM – 7PM
Attend one orientation session (see Dates and Deadlines).
Attend four mandatory classes and complete homework assignments.
Be in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) discipline.
Originate from student work, research (funded or unfunded), institutional, or industrial projects.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
CLICK HERE to download information sheet.
- An Overview of the Business Model Canvas in 2 minutes
- A Library of How to Approach Customer Discovery
- Business Model Canvas
- I-Corps Program 3 Month Continuation – Final Report Template