I-Corps Sites

GW NSF I-Corps Sites

In addition to being part of the DC I-Corps Node, in 2016 the George Washington University was selected to be one of the newest I-Corps Sites designated to educate faculty, students and the community on entrepreneurial principles. Our goal is to help faculty and students answer important commercialization questions directly applicable to state and federal grant programs, as well as to support in identifying industry partners and potential licensees. 

Overview

NSF I-Corps is a public-private partnership program that teaches university entrepreneurs with a targeted Lean Launchpad curriculum to identify valuable product opportunities that can emerge from academic research, and offers entrepreneurship training to participants. The George Washington University's I-Corps Site (Site) is geared toward developing potential I-Corps Team projects (Team) for the National I-Corps program and providing an entrepreneurial program for student (graduate and undergraduate), faculty, staff and alumni teams to complete together to achieve their business potential. The first and most important goal of I-Corps Sites is to encourage technical entrepreneurship and teach faculty and students how to think about commercialization. Teams should have clearly defined goals and expectations for how the program can help develop and commercialize their idea. The Site will provide infrastructure, advice, resources, networking opportunities, training, and modest funding (awards of $1,000 – $3,000 per team) to enable teams to transition their work into the marketplace or into becoming I-Corps Team applicants. With the support and mentorship of the Site, the teams will learn first-hand about entrepreneurship and explore the transition of their ideas, devices, processes or other intellectual activities into the marketplace. Upon completion of the I-Corps Site program, participants are eligible to apply for the NSF I-Corps Team program.

 

NSF Announcement of GW I-Corps Sites Award

 

Expectations

As part of the program, each team will be required to attend Regional I-Corps training and meet with a Mentor-in-Residence. The goal of the program is to help commercialize GW technologies and ideas with the specific outcome of the GW I-Corps Sites program being a team decisions on whether to pursue commercialization through one of the following:

Customer Discovery/Travel Stipend

Program participants are eligible for up to $3,000 in NSF funding, which can be used for:

  • Travel to visit potential customers and end users
  • Training or education in entrepreneurship
  • Any other needed resources