ENTREPRENEURS

Welcome Entrepreneurs!

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

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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.

Current Event Schedule

  • Female Founders: Applying Lean Startup - Summer 2021
    Female Founders: Applying Lean Startup - Summer 2021
    Virtual Program
    Jul 15, 9:00 AM – Aug 19, 10:30 AM
    Virtual Program
    Do you or your team have a great idea for a potential startup? Have you and your team attended a previous introductory I-Corps or Lean Startup training program or course? If so, please feel free to register for the I-Corps South women-focused regional cohort.
  • I-Corps South Regional Cohort
    I-Corps South Regional Cohort
    Virtual Program
    Jul 15, 1:00 PM – Aug 19, 2:30 PM
    Virtual Program
    Do you and your team have a great idea for a potential startup? If so, come join the I-Corps South Regional Cohort July 15 - August 19, 2021! This program will coach research teams through the basics of evidence-based entrepreneurship and innovation centered on customer discovery.
  • Georgia Tech Alumni Engagement Information Session: VentureLab - Inclusive Entrepreneurship
    Georgia Tech Alumni Engagement Information Session: VentureLab - Inclusive Entrepreneurship
    Virtual Event
    Aug 04, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    Virtual Event
    If you're a Georgia Tech Alumni looking for ways to engage with the entrepreneurship community surrounding Georgia Tech's VentureLab and the NSF I-Corps South Node please join this information session. We will be providing an overview of approaches to inclusive entrepreneurship and how to engage.
  • Female Founders Speaker Series - August
    Female Founders Speaker Series - August
    Virtual Event
    Aug 26, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Virtual Event
    The Female Founders Speaker Series features conversations with successful women entrepreneurs sharing their journeys in building their companies and entrepreneurial experts sharing their knowledge of how to get started. This month come meet Carolyn Pitt from Productions.com
  • Info Session - Female Founders Introduction to Lean Startup - Fall 2021
    Info Session - Female Founders Introduction to Lean Startup - Fall 2021
    https://gatech.webex.com/meet/mheffner3
    Aug 26, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
    https://gatech.webex.com/meet/mheffner3
    Join us to learn more about the Female Founders Phase 1 Introduction to Lean Startup program that coaches I-Corps South female-led teams through the basics of evidence-based entrepreneurship and innovation centered on customer discovery while connecting them with successful female entrepreneurs.
  • Female Founders: Introduction to Lean Startup - Fall 2021
    Female Founders: Introduction to Lean Startup - Fall 2021
    Virtual Program
    Sep 01, 1:30 PM – Sep 28, 10:00 AM
    Virtual Program
    Do you or your team have a great idea for a potential startup? If so, come join our Female Founders Introduction to Lean Startup program! Teams will be coached through the basics of evidence-based entrepreneurship while talking through key topics related to being a female entrepreneur.
  • Female Founders Speaker Series - July
    Female Founders Speaker Series - July
    Virtual Event
    Jul 22, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Virtual Event
    The Female Founders Speaker Series features conversations with successful women entrepreneurs sharing their journeys in building their companies and entrepreneurial experts sharing their knowledge of how to get started. This month come meet Mary Phillips, Andrea McBeth, and Piper Dobner from Thaena!