National Science Foundation’s I-Corps South Session

The National Science Foundation’s I-Corps South Node strives to accelerate the development of the South’s entrepreneurial ecosystems.


The Node I-Corps is a collaboration among the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and is built on the foundation provided by Georgia Tech’s role as one of the initial three I-Corps Nodes.

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Through this partnership, the Node has the potential to reach more than 500,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and many thousands of the nation’s research faculty at research universities and historically black colleges and universities across the Southeast and the island of Puerto Rico.


To entrepreneurs, I-Corps South seeks to provide consistent instruction on the principles of evidence-based entrepreneurship in the style of I-Corps. Instruction will be direct and challenging, keeping in mind the goal of holding entrepreneurs accountable to know their customers.

To universities, the Node seeks to provide the tools, support, and resources required to launch and maintain high-quality evidence-based entrepreneurship programs across the southeast.