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.

Upcoming and Ongoing Events and Programs

  • [I-Corps Regional Cohort] Female Founders - Fall 2021
    [I-Corps Regional Cohort] Female Founders - Fall 2021
    Virtual Program
    Sep 02, 1:30 PM – Sep 29, 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 I-Corps Regional 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 - September
    Female Founders Speaker Series - September
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88923995057?pwd=d
    Sep 21, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88923995057?pwd=d
    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. Come meet Sammie Hansen as she talks about her startup journey with MedSur.
  • Georgia Tech Alumni Engagement: Intrapreneurship - How to Leverage Lean Startup for Corporate Innovation
    Georgia Tech Alumni Engagement: Intrapreneurship - How to Leverage Lean Startup for Corporate Innovation
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86796371517?pwd=c
    Oct 06, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86796371517?pwd=c
    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 session. We will be providing an overview of how Lean Startup methodology can be leveraged for corporate innovation.
  • [I-Corps Regional Cohort] University of Tennessee hosted Fall 2021
    [I-Corps Regional Cohort] University of Tennessee hosted Fall 2021
    In Person and Virtual Program (Hybrid)
    Oct 15, 12:00 PM – Nov 05, 12:00 PM
    In Person and Virtual Program (Hybrid)
    Do you or your team have a great idea for a startup? If so, come join our Fall 2021 I-Corps South Regional Cohort hosted by the University of Tennessee. Teams will be coached through evidence-based entrepreneurship.
  • Faculty Commercialization Workshops - October
    Faculty Commercialization Workshops - October
    Virtual Program
    Oct 18, 12:00 PM – Nov 08, 4:00 PM
    Virtual Program
    Do you or your team have a great idea for a startup but aren’t sure where to start? This program is open to all Georgia Tech faculty. In this workshop you will be coached by startup mentors through the techniques behind The Lean Startup methodology to determine the marketability of your concept.
  • Female Founders Speaker Series - October
    Female Founders Speaker Series - October
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83774608415?pwd=V
    Oct 21, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83774608415?pwd=V
    The Female Founders Speaker Series features conversations with successful women entrepreneurs sharing their journeys in building their startups and entrepreneurial topical experts sharing their knowledge. Come meet Carolyn Pitt as she talks about her startup journey for Productions.com.