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.

National Science Foundation Innovation Corps Fall Regional

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Fall Regional will be held at the University of Tennessee from October 3 – 19, 2017. This intensive two-week program is designed by I-Corps South to help individuals who are interested in commercializing their research to build a business model that addresses their customers’ needs. The curriculum will cover the customer discovery process, developing a value proposition, and creating a business plan. The program also serves as an informal kick-off for UT’s participation in the I-Corps South Node, one of eight regional networks developed to support innovation education, infrastructure, and research.

Instructors for the program include UT’s Shawn Carson, the University of Tennessee Research Foundation’s (UTRF) Maha Krishnamurthy, and two instructors from I-Corps National.

Applications close for NSF Innovation Corps Fall Regional at UT

Applications will close September 29 for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Fall Regional. It will be held at the University of Tennessee (UT) from October 3 – 19, 2017. This intensive two-week program is designed by I-Corps South to help individuals who are interested in commercializing their research to build a business model that addresses their customers’ needs. The curriculum will cover the customer discovery process, developing a value proposition, and creating a business plan. The program also serves as an informal kick-off for UT’s participation in the I-Corps South Node, one of eight regional networks developed to support innovation education, infrastructure, and research.

Teams of 2-4 people are invited to fill out an application, found at http://icorpssouth.com/registration/for the opportunity to participate in the Fall Regional. Potential applicants must be located in the Southeast and have an interest in commercializing research. University-based teams are preferred, though not required. The application period is open now through September 29, 2017.  Instructors for the program include UT’s Shawn Carson, the University of Tennessee Research Foundation’s (UTRF) Maha Krishnamurthy, and two instructors from I-CorpsNational.

The Fall Regional kicks-off on October 3 with a half day workshop at the University of UTRF’s Business Incubator on UT’s Agriculture Campus. Over two weeks, teams will conduct a series of interviews with prospective customers to identify their needs and meet with mentors from the instructional team during virtual office hours. The program wraps up on October 19 when participants reconvene to share what they have learned.

The NSF I-Corps program was established in 2011 to help scientists and engineers to think beyond the laboratory and identify opportunities for translating research into commercial products that can benefit society. Hundreds of teams from across the country have participated in the national program, spending 6-7 weeks interviewing customers and businesses to answer the question: what do our customers need and does it align with our research? Teams that successfully complete the program are awarded $50,000.

UT is a partner in I-Corps South, whose members include the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

UT I-Corps South is co-sponsored by UT’s Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Haslam College of Business and UTRF.