Whether you're a solopreneur or a startup team, we are eager to help you on your journey towards bringing your research or startup idea to market. We are here to help you navigate the opportunities available to you through the National Science Foundation's National Innovation Network (NIN). Our team at I-Corps South can help you determine if you're ready to joining us through our Georgia Tech I-Corps Sites Program, one of our I-Corps South Regional Programs, or if you're eligible to apply for the I-Corps Teams Program. Each of these avenues to engage offers different benefits and suits different stages of a startup. If you have question about which is right for your please read on for more information or contacts us.
I-Corps Sites Program
Our Sites program provides Georgia Tech research teams course instruction on an established commercialization approach that has a strong track record of success. This education is coupled with micro-grant funds of up to $3000 for teams to conduct initial customer discovery interviews to determine desirability, and access to follow-on grants and education from additional NSF programs. This program is for teams who are just beginning to explore the commercial impact of their STEM-related technology research or solution. It is a great starting point for any Georgia Tech startup team!
Regional I-Corps Programs
Our Regional I-Corps Programs are open to university researchers and community teams building technology startups from across the southeast. In true I-Corps form, regional cohorts combine instructor lectures with out of class learning. Teams will discover a business model by getting "out of the lab" and into the world to interview people. Teams that excel may become eligible to apply to the NSF I-Corps Teams Program. These programs are especially useful for those teams across the southeast that are hoping to prepare themselves for the national cohorts in the NSF I-Corps Teams Program and may not have easy or timely access in their location to I-Corps programming.
National I-Corps Program
The National Program, NSF I-Corps Teams, is for top researchers from across the US. It is an intensive seven-week innovation and entrepreneurship training course with mentoring and up to $50,000 in NSF funding. Selected teams complete over 100 customer discovery interviews to collect first-hand evidence for or against product-market fit. Teams selected for the national cohorts are rooted in deep technology research and have often participated in a Sites or Regional Program before applying. Our I-Corps South team is eager to help you navigate and prepare for the application and selection criteria.
Upcoming and Ongoing Events and Programs