Participants in I-Corps Sites will be expected to commit at least 3 – 5 hours per person per week to market research, customer discovery and other commercialization-focused activities. Therefore, it is important that the participants are interested in gaining new knowledge from I-Corps Sites, and not just receiving an I-Corps Sites Grant Award.

By the end of the program, your team can expect to accomplish some of the following:
  • Started research on competing patents and publications
  • Found general data on the size of your technology’s market and any key market trends
  • Analyzed several competitive products
  • Interviewed potential customers or end users
  • Completed a standard business model canvas
  • Learned about potential sources of early-stage commercialization funding
  • Decided whether or not to pursue commercialization of your technology or idea
  • Completed much of the research you need to apply for a commercialization-focused grant
Accepted teams must commit to attending their cohort’s orientation, two training sessions, weekly meetings with their mentor, three biweekly meetings where teams present on their customer discovery process, a mid-program check-in conference call, and the Final Presentation Day where participants will show how their business ideas have developed over the course of the semester.

For specific dates and times, please consult the Program Calendar section.

Instructors/ Training Sessions

Teams will be required to attend two training sessions on entrepreneurship led by HTR Manager of Technology Commercialization Mike Riedlinger.


Mentors will be assigned to teams to provide technical and industry expertise and business guidance throughout the program. Mentors will meet regularly (in-person, via phone, or via video-conference) with their team(s) to guide them through the customer discovery and business development process.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor for the University of Rochester I-Corps Site program, please contact Matthew Spielmann.