When it was launched ten years ago in 2011, the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Program seemed an unlikely formula for success: give NSF-funded and other researchers a crash course in entrepreneurial skills so they can identify and commercialize their most promising discoveries, thus amplifying the impact of the government’s investment in basic research.
The seven-week program would be based on the Lean Launchpad course developed at Stanford University by serial entrepreneur and maverick thinker Steve Blank, and require the researchers and their student colleagues to assess the commercial potential of their research using intensive customer discovery, talking to dozens of possible stakeholders.
The Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Biennial Report highlights the progress of the I-Corps program and its impacts on the research community. Read the report in PDF format by clicking on the image or button below.Read the report→
"I-Corps was amazing for us. It has made all the difference. Before participating in I-Corps, I was a scientist who thought of problems to solve. Now I have learned that it’s not about the technology itself; rather, it’s about solving a problem that exists already and providing a solution for it.
“The empathy map, trying to understand what other people think and feel and why. It was huge. That’s really how you can be effective at getting people to make the decisions you want them to. Put yourself in their shoes to be effective with them. Both professionally and personally, I learned a great deal from I-Corps.”