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NSF I-Corps logoThe National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Site at Arizona State University provides training, coaching and financial support to faculty and student efforts to transition university research into the marketplace and to become successful I-Corps Teams. The NSF I-Corps site is a partnership among the ASU colleges and Entrepreneurship + Innovation, the technology transfer office and the local entrepreneurial ecosystem, funded by the NSF.

Information sessions this summer

Do you want to learn more about NSF I-Corps? Attend an information session in May or June 2018.

I-Corps Information Session
Thursday, June 21, 2018
3–5 p.m.
College Avenue Commons (CAVC) 333, Tempe campus [map]
Register to attend


ASU-NSF I-Corps Training Sessions

Get trained this summer in a two-week boot camp training session with Brent Sebold, executive director of Venture Development at Entrepreneurship + Innovation, and a five-week next stage training session with Viktor Brandtneris, an NSF I-Corps mentor and owner of Brandtneris Consulting.

NSF I-Corps recommends participants take both sessions, but if your startup is a little further along you might be put straight into the second session. 

Summer A 2018 Training Session — Two Week Boot Camp
Wednesday, June 21, 2018–Thursday, June 28, 2018
Location will be announced to admitted participants
Contact Brent Sebold to enroll

Summer B 2018 Training Session — Five Week Next Stage
Thursdays, July 12, 2018–August 9, 2018
Office Hours: Fridays, July 13, 2018–August 9, 2018
Location will be announced to admitted participants
Contact Brent Sebold to enroll


About NSF I-Corps

Components of the NSF I-Corps National Innovation Network work together to grow and sustain the national innovation ecosystem. Through NSF activities and collaboration with other government agencies, NSF helps foster innovation among faculty and students, promote regional coordination and linkages, and develop networks.

I-Corps Teams participate in the seven-week I-Corps curriculum. Each I-Corps Team learns what it will take to achieve a commercial impact with their innovation. The I-Corps curriculum enables Teams to systematically identify and address knowledge gaps in order to understand the most appropriate path forward for their technology concept. I-Corps Team awards support the team’s participation in the curriculum and their customer discovery work.

I-Corps Sites nurture and support multiple, local teams to transition their technology concepts into the marketplace. The Sites provide infrastructure, advice, resources, networking opportunities, training and modest funding to enable groups to transition their work into the marketplace or into becoming I-Corps Team applicants. Sites are single-institution efforts to support innovation locally.

NSF has partnered with VentureWell to foster the National Innovation Network. Members of the I-Corps network can find additional resources on the VentureWell website.

I-Corps Nodes support regional needs for innovation education, infrastructure and research. The I-Corps Nodes work cooperatively to build, utilize and sustain a national innovation ecosystem that further enhances the development of technologies, products and processes that benefit society. Nodes are single- or multi-institution efforts to support innovation regionally.

NSF hosts monthly webinars about the Teams program and annual webinars about Nodes, Sites and supplements.

I-Corps Resources provide more information about the I-Corps curriculum and program, VentureWell and further reading.


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