With the success of the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps Teams Program, universities across the United States are adopting and implementing lean startup entrepreneurship programs to encourage faculty and student researchers to move their solutions out of the lab and into the marketplace.
Given the high expectations for participating in an I-Corps Teams Cohort, our I-Corps South Team offers a preliminary screening exercise that simulates what can be expected during the national application process. We ensure that teams nominated from the Node are well-suited and prepared for the rigor and understanding needed for the national cohort. If you have teams that are ready to apply and would like to have them go through our screening exercise, please reach out to us!
“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.” -Aristotle
Instructor Academy is designed to share the lean startup curriculum, instructor strategies for success, tactical classroom management techniques, and other tools to successfully host a lean startup program. Our Instructor Academy course covers program modification opportunities and the in-person sessions allow you to gather with peers from institutions and organizations throughout the country to discuss what works best when teaching I-Corps-styled curriculum.
The implementation of the I-Corps program has prompted the need for instructors trained in the I-Corps and Lean Startup methodologies. We created Instructor Academy to educate, coach, and support emerging instructors so that they can become well-versed in the Lean Startup methodology and deliver well-rounded I-Corps programs to teams of entrepreneurs.
I-Corps program tools and materials are readily available through an array of sources, and you can purchase books to learn the specifics of the Business Model Canvas and Customer Discovery best practices; however, there is more to implementing I-Corps-based programs than simply teaching the content.
The way in which we designed the course and the process by which an I-Corps teaching team coaches entrepreneurs to discern insight from their customer discovery interviews is a methodology in and of itself. Instructor Academy puts an emphasis on the 'How' to teach with some overview of the lean startup methodology.
We run I-Corps South’s Instructor Academy programs at various points throughout the year. There are limited seats for each Instructor Academy, so please reach out now if you would like to attend any of our upcoming sessions.
University instructors and other organizations are invited to participate in Instructor Academy. Applicants are placed into cohorts as space is available. To register to participate in an Instructor Academy program, click the “Apply Now” button below. If you're interested in the next session, learn more by contacting us here.
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I-Corps South’s Instructor Academy programs are run at various points throughout the year. There are limited seats for each Instructor Academy, so please reach out now if you would like to attend any of the upcoming sessions.
University instructors and other organizations are invited to participate in Instructor Academy. If there are no current slots available, interested parties will be placed on our waiting list for the next available program. If you're interested in this program please reach out to us and we'll fill you in on upcoming events.
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“The two days spent attending the Instructor Academy deepened my understanding of the methodologies of evidence-based entrepreneurship, and provided crucial guidance on how to teach teams going through customer discovery. It incorporates theory as well as practice coaching and critiquing in a mindful manner.”
Nona Black, Senior Consultant