NSF I-Corps Site Program

NSF I-Corps is a public-private partnership program that teaches university entrepreneurs with a targeted Lean Launchpad curriculum to identify valuable product opportunities that can emerge from academic research, and offers entrepreneurship training to participants.   The University of Rochester’s I-Corps Site (Site) is geared toward developing potential I-Corps Team projects (Team) for the National I-Corps program and providing an entrepreneurial program for student (graduate and undergraduate), faculty, staff and alumni teams to complete together to achieve their business potential.   The first and most important goal of I-Corps Sites is to encourage technical entrepreneurship and teach faculty and students how to think about commercialization. Teams should have clearly defined goals and expectations for how the program can help develop and commercialize their idea.   The Site will provide infrastructure, advice, resources, networking opportunities, training, and modest funding (awards of $1,000 – $3,000 per team) to enable teams to transition their work into the marketplace or into becoming I-Corps Team applicants. With the support and mentorship of the Site, the teams will learn first-hand about entrepreneurship and explore the transition of their ideas, devices, processes or other intellectual activities into the marketplace.   Upon completion of the I-Corps Site program, participants are eligible to apply for the NSF I-Corps Team program (an intensive 6-week NSF training with the opportunity to be awarded a $50,000 grant) as well as many other funding opportunities.  

UNY I-Corps Node Program

Through a partnership among Cornell University, the University of Rochester, and Rochester Institute of Technology, the Upstate New York (UNY) I-Corps Node combines the experience of the nation’s top university R&D region with the entrepreneurial knowledge of experienced mentors and faculty. The Node acts as a hub for commercialization training in the Northeast, connecting skilled researchers to valuable resources through national and regional I-Corps programming.