NYCRIN I-Corps Announcing the kickoff of the first regional I-Corps

Thursday, April 17, 2014 ( 8:00 am to 12:00 pm )

Location: New York, NY

Phone: 201.216.8186

8:00 - 8:30 am Breakfast
8:30 - 8:45 am Welcome
8:45 - 11:30 am Team Presentations: (15 minutes total, 10 minute Lessons Learned presentation, 2 minute Lessons Learned video and 3 minutes of teaching team comment)
11:30 - 12:00 pm Closing Session

This inaugural cohort, based on the NSF I-CorpsTM program which uses the Lean LaunchPad methodology of hypothesis-driven customer discovery, began with a competitive application process of submissions from schools across the four-state region. The application review and interview process resulted in a total of 34 team members in 10 single- and collaborative-university teams from Lehigh University, The Zahn Center for Entrepreneurship, New York University, Columbia University Medical Center, and the City University of New York. All teams attended the kickoff which began with a reception hosted by the CUNY Central Office on the evening of Tuesday, February 18th.

If you'd like to attend the Finale Showcase on Thursday, April 17th, please register here. Registration is free but seats are limited.

The cohort's exceptional instructor team is made up of the core Teaching Team from CUNY, NYU, and Columbia as well as co-instructors from across the NYCRIN region, including organizations such as the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute, the Industrial & Technology Assistance Corporation, New Jersey Institute of Technology, the Field Center for Entrepreneurship out of Baruch College, Scheinman Law, and the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance.

Much of the kickoff workshops took place at Columbia’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Barnard College. A highlight of the kickoff was the "How to Succeed in I-Corps" which featured 8 previous team members from each of the 3 roles: Principal Investigators (PI), Entrepreneurial Leads (EL) and Industry Mentors (IM). The panelists included (click links for team videos): Shobana Shanmugasundaram (EL) and Michael Ehrlich (IM) from NJIT, Annamarie Pasqualone (EL) from the University of Delaware, Michele Vitadello (PI), Rhodemann Li (IM) and Stephen Gundry (EL) from CUNY, Carlo Yuvienco (EL) from NYU and Dunbar Birnie (PI) from Rutgers. The panelists detailed the challenges and pathways to success they each encountered and fielded questions from the current cohort team members after their first "Get Out of the Building" experience.

Overall, the kickoff of the first-ever NYCRIN I-Corps program was an exciting success and the 10 entrepreneurial teams are conducting customer interviews by Getting Out of the Building for the next several weeks!

If your institution would like NYCRIN to hold an I-Corps training for your researchers, please email [email protected].