I-Corps is a National Science Foundation initiative to assess the readiness of emerging technology concepts for transitioning into valuable new products through a public-private partnership.
In collaboration with the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), NSF offers select participants from US academic laboratories the opportunity to participate in a special, accelerated version of Stanford University's Lean LaunchPad course.
The course engages participants in moving products out of the lab and into the market, through talking to customers, partners and competitors and encountering the chaos and uncertainty of creating successful innovations.
Business canvas I-Corps teams are asked to come to the I-Corps course having already completed a business canvas. This video was created by Alexander Osterwalder, co-author of Business Model Generation.
Sample Presentations and Videos
I-Corps Teams will conclude the course by preparing a final Lessons Learned Presentation (10 minutes), a 2-minute Lessons Learned Video and a 1-minute Technical Video. Below are samples from a few 2013 I-Corps teams.
As part of the agreement, Sealed Air will be the exclusive licensee of EcoCradle in North America for protective packaging applications. Sealed Air plans to begin offering the new products immediately.
Ecovative began developing environmentally friendly insulation materials with this 2007 E-Team grant.
Jerry Engel recently discussed the upcoming Lean LaunchPad Educators Program and how small businesses--Main Street--can benefit from 21st century entrepreneurship techniques. A guest blogger on Steve Blank's blog, Jerry is the Faculty Director of the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps and the Founding Faculty Director of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship at UC Berkeley.