NYCRIN I-Corps course: Apply Now!

Friday, August 29, 2014 ( All Day)

Location: Kimmel Center for University Life, New York

Apply online here before Application Deadline: August 29, 2014

Find Course Flyer here

Kickoff and Finale will be on-site at the Kimmel Center and all team members are required to attend.

Kimmel Center for University Life
60 Washington Square S
New York City, NY 10012 (map)

Kickoff reception: Sunday, October 5,2014 6:00-8:00PM
Kickoff workshop: Monday-Wednesday, October 6-8, 2014
On-Line: Thursdays, October 16, 23, 30 November 6, 13, 2014 1:00-4:00PM
Finale: Sunday-Tuesday, November (Arriving 16th) 17-18, 2014

NYCRIN I-CorpsThe NYC Regional Innovation Node (NYCRIN) teaches the Innovation Corps (I-Corps) course using the Lean Launchpad curriculum based on Steve Blank’s Customer Development methodology and Alex Osterwalder’s Business Model Canvas. As such, it demands that teams ‘Get out of the Building’, and spend the majority of their time talking to potential customers to discover how their technology could effectively ‘solve’ customers’ unmet needs or pain points. This program not only helps teams commercialize their specific research, but also teaches researchers how to approach their work by thinking about market needs earlier in the process. 

  • Lean LaunchPad is a hands-on program that immerses academic teams in testing their business model hypotheses outside the classroom. Inside the classroom, it deliberately trades off lecture time for student/teaching team interaction
  • Lean LaunchPad uses the Customer Development process and the Business Model Canvas to collapse the infinite possibilities of a startup into a solvable problem 
  • The online lectures (week 2-7) are delivered through Udacity

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The team must be from a university within New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, or Connecticut
  • The technology must be at the proof-of-concept stage
  • The technology can be funded by any government agency but must be disclosed to the university’s Tech Transfer Office (TTO)
  • The team composition should include at least one EL, an IM, and the technology’s PI
    1. The Entrepreneurial Lead (EL) could be a post-doctoral scholar, graduate, or other student with relevant knowledge of the technology and a deep commitment to investigating the commercial landscape surrounding the innovation
    2. The I-Corps Mentor (IM) will typically be an experienced or emerging entrepreneur who operates in proximity to the institution and is experienced in transitioning technology out of academic labs
    3. The Principal Investigator (PI) must have disclosed the technology IP to the TTO and may or may not be actively involved in the team

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