Innovation Corps (I-Corps)

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The Innovation Corps (I-Corps) teaches National Science Foundation (NSF) grantees to identify valuable product opportunities that can emerge from academic research and offers entrepreneurship training to student participants. I-Corps is a public-private partnership that prepares you to extend your focus beyond the laboratory by broadening the impact of select, NSF-funded basic-research projects.  The primary goal of I-Corps is to foster entrepreneurship that will lead to the commercialization of technology that has been supported by NSF-funded research. Participating in the I-Corps program will help you:

  • Create your startup company.
  • Create your business model description for review by third-party investors.
  • Gain faster access to technology licenses.

Who I-Corps Serves

NSF grantees, including students, faculty, and entrepreneurs, are eligible to participate in the I-Corps program.

The I-Corps Difference

Due to Georgia Tech’s involvement in producing and mentoring entrepreneurs through VentureLab, Georgia Tech was chosen as one of three designated I-Corps nodes in the United States. I-Corps makes use of Georgia Tech’s entrepreneurial resources and connections to help move scientific research from the lab to manufactured products.

The Innovation Corps (I-Corps) is part of the Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2) at Georgia Tech, which helps enterprises improve their competitiveness to significantly impact the economy. The Georgia Tech I-Corps administers the curriculum of this new NSF initiative. Georgia Tech and University of Michigan were selected as NSF I-Corp nodes in addition to Stanford University, where the I-Corps originated. I-Corps is supported by the National Science Foundation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and the Deshpande Foundation.

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