The WSU I-Corps program is accepting applications for the fall 2019 cohort. Applications are due by Friday, September 6.
The WSU I-Corps Site is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded program enabling students, faculty, staff, and community members to catalyze their technology and innovation concepts for high-growth start-up companies by utilizing LEAN Startup Methodologies. The 10-week course provides teams with education, resources, mentors, and funding to conduct discovery and determine if their innovation is a product-market fit.
WSU I-Corps participants will attend weekly sessions in which the teams, directors, and mentors will develop and refine their business models, discuss lessons learned, and prepare for further customer discovery. All meetings will be held in the Commons Collaboration Center on the first floor of the Commons Building on the WSU Pullman campus. I-Corps is also available at all WSU campuses via Zoom.
Each team will have access of up to $2,500 for prototyping and travel for the purpose of conducting customer discovery interviews to refining the team’s business model.
Graduate and post-doctoral researchers working in the applied STEM fields and business, strategic communications, or entrepreneurial-minded students are encouraged to apply. The program runs from September 11 through November 13.
NSF developed the I-Corps program in 2011 to help move academic research to the marketplace. In 2016, NSF awarded WSU with a three-year grant, designating WSU as one of 51 universities that are part of the NSF National Innovation Network.